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

Thursday, July 12, 2012



The following teams have openings for you to serve on them.  These teams as well as other future teams can also be found at this website on the "Want to Join a Team/Future Teams" Page.

Wilderness Community United Methodist Church is taking a medical mission team to the Andes Mountains of Peru October 14th to 21st. The team leader is looking for 1-2 physicians to join the team. The cost of the trip is $2000 which covers airfare, lodging, meals and all ground transportation. The team will be leaving from Washington Dullas on October 14th and landing in Lima and then taking an additional flight to Ayacucho Peru on October 15th. The team will conduct 3-4 days of free medical care for the indigenous Quechua Indians of the villages around Ayacucho. Please contact Becky Van Renan for furthur information at sokrmom21@gmail.com

Mission spots are available for a two-week trip to Kericho, Kenya with Dallas First UMC. The approximate cost of the trip is $3000 to $3500 plus vaccinations. The dates of the trip are September 15 to September 29, 2012. Dallas First UMC sponsors a pre-school and feeding center for disadvantaged children in Kericho so the focus of the trip will involve working with the children at the school among other activities. If you are interested, please contact Melette Meloy at mlmeloy@soundsolutionsco.com.

Rice and Beans Ministry Opportunity:
Rice and Beans Ministry in Costa Rica will be trying to feed 15,000 families this Christmas. If your church would like to take on a few families and decorate food bags and cover the cost of food bags ($12/bag) please email Fred Curry, President/Director. They are also in need of individuals and teams in December to help deliver the food bags and pray with the families
Photo of Peruvian mother and child courtesy peru.org.


UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is responding to wildfires that have destroyed a growing number of homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate throughout the western US. In Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and other states, churches are offering immediate care for evacuees even as they gather resources for long-term recovery.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has issued $10,000 emergency grants to the Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, and New Mexico annual conferences.
In New Mexico, where the Little Bear Fire destroyed or damaged at least 224 homes, the newly formed Little Bear Recovery Team has opened a center at which fire survivors can receive help. Within this ecumenical effort, United Methodists are leading a case management process under which more than 90 cases were opened on behalf of fire survivors as of early July.

Meanwhile, hot spots continue to flare up as record drought lingers over a large portion of the US. “The heat is so intense that the fires literally ignite the inside of the house,” said Knuckey. “It's a profound disaster.” Read more.
Help UMCOR continue to respond to the western US wildfires. Please contribute to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670

Photo courtesy www.umcor.org taken by Myranda Hoffman


You can find news on upcoming training events also at this website on the "Training Events" Page.

UMVIM Team Leader Training July 22, 2012
Pasadena First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, CA.  For more info please contact Heather Wilson at umvimwj@hotmail.com.

Individual Volunteer Training August 1 - 5, 2012
Salt Lake City, UT/UMCOR Depot West.  Please attend this training if you are interested in serving in mission for 2 months to 3 years.  For more information please contact Malcolm Frazier at mfrazier@umcmission.org

ERT (Early Response Team) Training
Ontario First UMC in Ontario, CA.  Training from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  To find our more information and/or to register please contact Becky Ewing at RVEwing@msn.com or 909.391.2461.