1.UMVIM is an approved United Methodist ministry.

2. The mission projects are vetted and screened.

3. Volunteer teams can continue their relationship with the project site they served at via The Advance and missionaries.

4. All are welcome to serve.

5. Training, forms, insurance, etc. available

6. It's simple. Contact umvimwj@hotmail.com to get started!

Faith in Action

Faith in Action

Friday, March 19, 2010


Photo: Havana, Cuba, courtesy theodora.com.

Jewel Lake UMC, 3833 Strawberry Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502. 907-243-0470. Celia Koelsch, and Blear Jefson. VBS teams needed for last couple of weeks in July, 2010. Please use Cokesbury's "Galactic Express" curriculum.Some local help available. Youth team members okay with adequate adult supervision. Also soup kitchen homelss shelter and community activities available to round out the experience. A/S/F/RV 12 max. (updated 3/19/10)

Kent Chittenden, 3916 Boulder Rd, PO Box 47, McLeod,MT 59052, Phone#406-932-6314. Website:www.campontheboulder.org. You are invited to do a variety of camp fix-ups. Lodging provided at camp. Small and large groups accepted. Many dates available. Please come help us recover from logging for fire protection, reduce forest fuels by piling branches, rebuild trails hurt from logging, also regular camp work like washing dishes, painting, mowing, patching roofs, picking up rocks, etc. Free time for mini golf, archery, low ropes course, Frisbee golf, craft cabin, camp store, sand volleyball, hiking, fishing, etc. J, S, F, individuals, and RV -all welcome!

Several Oklahoma project sites have been updated this month. The Circle of Care group in particular. Visit the
USA Project List for seeking project sites!

PINE LAKE UNITED METHODIST CAMP, Westfield, WI, May 9 - 14, 2010. Participants will be staying in the Bishop Sharon Zimmerman Rader Retreat Center with separate rooms, all with a shower, for couples and singles. Bring your own bedding. Our construction projects include: putting in docks, piers, & slips; completing demolition or repair of various cabins; painting in the various cabins; splitting wood; putting screens on Amphlett Hall and a variety of clean up jobs. Something for everyone. Cost: $125.00 per person. Co-Leaders are: Registrar - Carol Culbertson, 608-882-0136, 243 W Main Street, Evansville, WI 53536 and Don Mevis, Westfield, WI.

Blue Rose Mission is Offering Scholarships for 2010 Volunteer Teams. The Blue Rose Mission is fortunate to be able to offer up to $500 in scholarship funds for work teams scheduled to work full weeks in 2010. We are finding many opportunities opening up to work in Richland County this summer. This incentive may be just what your team is looking for to get the application finished and returned to Blue Rose Mission of Mansfield. Please send requests for information and/or return completed applications by mail to:
Blue Rose Mission, Mansfield, OH. 230 S. Main Street Mansfield, Ohio 44902, 419-524-3762, http://www.bluerosemission.org. This is an inner-city Rebuilding Mission started in 2008. We have work assignments for youth (12 and older) and adults. We are accepting 1 day volunteers or week long mission teams for the summer of 2010.

This Mission is ecumenical in nature and wishes to include all workers possessing a loving heart. Stay overnight in cabins with a shower house, bunk beds (bring your own linens), meals and evening devotion and conversation time over a campfire. Applications are available upon request at any of the following means. Mission Statement: To provide opportunities for people to bring Christ to homeowners in need in Richland County through home improvement projects.

Typical Mission Activities: · Painting · Porch Repair · Home Repairs · Disaster Cleanup & Rebuilding · Winterization · Building RampsEOC Advance Specials #9940.

COLOMBIA Bishop Yurani Martínez Cárcamo, Colombia Coordinadora de Proyectos for UMVIM-ICM invites you to Colombia. [Tel. (57) (4) -3174263 Medellín, Celular 318-2916518]. The following projects are on their priority project list:

COAST DISTRICT Brisas del Mar1. Provide water to the community, doing that the water to reach each of their homes.2. Implementation of several workshops and training in Health, the Town and its environs.3. Construction of a health post, which benefit the needy people of this community and many places nearby.4. Reconstruction of the well, for a better useVista Hermosa 1. Improve the facilities township school, and thus, the kindergarten and ninth grades can take their classes Rincon del Mar1. Improve the facilities of the Church.2. Performing other activities, such as health seminars, and enjoy with all this beautiful community, watch a movie together, for many of them, was their first time they saw a giant screen.Cartagena1. Construction of the first Colombian Methodist Church.

Andes Bajo from Cali

Start of construction of the Church. Righ there was the beginning of a beautiful Bible School for children.


Note from Aldo Gonzalez , 703.309.7903, Cuba UMVIM coordinator: The waiting time to go on mission trips to Cuba is usually lengthy and many of you ask for a date far in advance. Several groups have recently cancelled, so there are slots open.

The assistance that UMVIM has provided to the church in Cuba in the past 15 years has been vital. The church in Cuba continues to grow at more than 10% a year for the last 10 years. Last year alone more than 1000 baptisms were performed. Right now there are 282 churches and more than 700 missions. There are 290 pastors and a membership of more than 25,000 believers. We are still sending two UMVIM teams per month. One team goes to many places in Cuba to rebuild churches, particularly out to the east where the church is experiencing the most rapid growth. The other team has remained in Havana working on the new Seminary which is now almost complete.

The second phase of the seminary project is to build four homes for visiting professors on a large lot on the way to the Havana Airport. The teams working at this site will stay at the Methodist Center and will travel to the site every day.

Please let me know if any of you are able to fill one of the available months. Here are the available dates: Regular teams: July 2010, July 2011, August 2011, Most of 2012Seminary Housing: Oct. 2010, Nov. 2010, All months in 2011

I am always thankful for your continued support of our mission in Cuba. Rich blessings to all of you.

CUBA, August, 2010. Due to a team cancellation, there is an opportunity for a 2-week, 12 member mission team to go to Cuba this August that I've been asked to lead (exact time is still unknown). As always it's a construction team going out of Habana, probably rebuilding a church or parsonage.

Costs will be around $2300, which includes travel from Toronto. Due to the short notice, in order to get visas from Cuba, I'll need application & deposit of $100, ASAP, as the visa applications have to be sent by April 1st. Having a passport already would be very helpful! If you know of anyone who's always wanted to go to the Island, I'd appreciate having them contact me: Paula Morgan, (906)293-3696. (I'm going to have to stop saying that I'm going to stay home 'next' year, as the Good Lord always seems to have something more for me to do!!! Have a Blessed Lenten Season, Paz, Paula)