VOLUNTEER NEWS AND EVENTS
TEAM LEADER TRAINING MARCH 17, 2012
Are you intersted in leading a volunteer team or finding out more about what is involved in leading a team or serving on one? Then attend the United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) Team Leader Training at Santa Monica First UMC March 17, 2012. It will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and lunch will be provided. The training will cover information on places to serve, types of teams, different volunteer ministries, what to pack, insurance, why God calls us to serve, and fellowship with other like-minded individuals. The training manual is $25.00. There is no charge for the training session itself. To register please contact Heather Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 818.333.6730. You may also contact Robert English at email@example.com. Please register by March 15th. For more UMVIM news visit http://www.umvimwj.blogspot.com/. Thank you.
MISSION WITH CHILDREN IN COSTA RICA (photo above: children in Costa Rica courtesy aumc.org.)
Rice and Beans Ministry in Costa Rica Base Camp Week:July 7-14. A week set aside each year to work with churches from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama coming together to serve with churches from the US in Costa Rica. It is a week of children's ministry and food ministry filled each morning and night with spirit-filled worship. Will serve 5000-7000 kids in VBS and visit 750-800 families in the food ministry. The cost of the week is around $1550. If you are interested, please contact Fred Curry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEAM MEMBER NEEDED FOR SERVICE IN HAITI
A mission team from Lexington, KY traveling to Haiti April 26-May 3 has a few slots available. If you are interested, contact Greg Graf at Gregory.Graf@insightbb.com.
RUSSIAN INITIATIVE NEWSLETTER
The Russian Initiative Feb 2012 newsletter.
ARE YOU A YOUNG ADULT? BE A GLOBAL JUSTICE VOLUNTEER!
The Global Justice Volunteers Program is a short term service opportunity designed for young adults ages 18-30. Small teams of volunteers will spend 10 weeks learning and working alongside local communities throughout the world. Participants will explore the role and responsibility of the church to engage in mission, ministry, and service which seeks to transform our world into a more just place.
This short term experience provides an opportunity for young people, all over the world coming from a diverse range of backgrounds, to spend their summer in service. Purpose of the ProgramGlobal Justice Volunteers is based upon a concept in which Christian mission is understood as a challenge to amplify the human cries in situations where the world is profit-centered, not people-centered.
In other words, Christian mission takes place where people raise awareness of the issues, mobilize collective efforts, and address the root causes of injustices; in order that all of God's children may live in peace, harmony, and be reconciled with God and one another. The program provides opportunities for cross-cultural exposure, learning, and service. Through this program, a space is created for individuals who are willing to make short-term commitments to service and/or mission and who desire to explore the links between faith and justice.
Candidate Application Deadline: March 9, 2012
Participant Notification: April 2012
Program Dates: June 3 - August 8, 2012
Orientation: June 3 - June 9, 2012
Service Internship: June 10 - August 4, 2012
Debriefing and Discernment: August 5 - August 8, 2012
Attachments1. Personal References2. Pastoral Reference3. Application for GJV
For more information please go to this website, or contact Kendra Dunbar.