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, February 7, 2013




Below are the points of contact for Hurricane Sandy Relief. Both of these conferences are currently accepting long term recovery teams.

The majority of the work in the DE/Peninsula AC is in a small fishing village, Crisfield, MD, where 350-500 homes were flooded by the tidal surge. Three ERTs from the Western Jurisdiction deployed to this village in December and January. Crisfield is said to be the poorest town in the poorest county in Maryland. They were originally refused FEMA individual assistance but that decision was reversed on appeal. The Disaster Response Coordinator is having difficulty getting volunteers because all the media attention is on New Jersey and New York. The WJ ERTs were welcomed by the community and well taken care of by volunteers at Asbury UMC. I admit to having a strong bias toward supporting this community. The DRC told me yesterday they are doing both muck out and recovery.

I don't know much about the Greater New Jersey AC except what I hear from George Abrams, our Disaster Response Coordinator who is there as a FEMA Volunteer Agency Liaison, and from one of the Region 10 FEMA Volunteer Agency Liaisons. Both of them have high praise for the NJ VOAD and the efforts of Rev. Doherty. They are well organized and efficient. The GNJAC Bishop has made this a high priority and has stated they need 10,000 volunteers to help with the recovery.

The New York Annual Conference is only accepting teams led by an ERT trained team leader at this time. You may want to check back later if you are interested in going to New York. The PNW Annual Conference has over 100 ERT trained volunteers. If you are thinking about taking a team to NY, we may be able to find an ERT willing to lead the team.

Delaware/Peninsula Annual Conference
Pastor Rich Walton, Sr - Disaster Response Coordinator
410-252-5593 (cell)

Greater New Jersey Annual Conference
Rev Derrick Doherty
work phone 732-671-0707
mobile 732-996-4947

New York Annual Conference
Rev. Joseph Ewoodzie

If I can be of any more assistance, please let me know.

Jim Truitt
UMVIM Disaster Response Coordinator
PNW Conference United Methodist Church
23441 147th Ave SE
Kent, WA 98042
253-630-1268 (H)
253-797-1680 (C)


Continue to pray for the on-going food program mission (The Thomas Project) serving children in Haiti.

Hurricane Sandy Teams
Please pray for the survivors and the volunteers who are responding to help them.

Individual Volunteers
Bill Borah of Sacramento – St. Mark’s UMC continues to serve in Haiti.
Warren McGuffin of Alamo - San Ramon Valley UMC continues to serve in Haiti.
Viri Batiratu of Centennial UMC continues to serve in partnership with Fiji.
Martha Milk of Yerington UMC serves in Elkton, Maryland.
Montague UMC hosts volunteersJoe & Sheila Morgan, the other members of this church community and those who come to serve.

North Gold Country Circuit United Methodist Churches host volunteersSusan Kopp leads and serves with Danny Kopp, Roberta Foster, Gary Foster and Nita Browning of North San Juan UMC and volunteers as they come to serve.

Hope UMC – South San Francisco hosts volunteersDee Anne Paron, members of Hope UMC and volunteers as they come to serve.

Davis UMC Team to Delhi & Mumbai, India –November 11 – February 8
Mary Philip leads and serves with Philip Kurien, Alex Achimore, Karen Fess, Wil Uecker and Catherine Buscaglia of Davis UMC.

Sierra Pines UMC Team to Israel/Palestine –December 28 – March 13Yvonne Turner and Rosann Mackey lead and serve with Fred Skeen, Frederick Washington, Alison Berry, Donald King and Elaine King of Sierra Pines UMC, Barbara Dean of Nevada City UMC, Mary Arakalian of Loomis - FUMC Loomis.

San Jose – Almaden Hills UMC Team to Bani, Pangasinan, Philippines – February 2-16
Lilian Guansing of San Jose – Almaden Hills UMC leads and serves with Shirley F. Notario, Joseph Notario, Portia Cuesta, Sofia Natata, Leila Carlino, Mariolou Credo, Racelle Credo, Naomi Baluyut and Sabastian Delos Santos.

Amador County UM Churches Team to Panajachel, Guatemala – February 16-24

Tim Gravatt leads and serves with Gina Gravatt, Kiley Gravatt, Jace Gravatt and Tiffany Thompson of Amador County UM Churches, Darrell Perkins, Linda Perkins, Doug Klosters and Marsha Klosters of Sutter Creek UMC, Glenn Gillum and Darlene Gillum of Ione Community UMC.

Global Justice Volunteers

A Summer Volunteer Opportunity for young adults ages 18-30

The Global Justice Volunteers program of the General Board of Global Ministries is a short-term service opportunity for young adults. Participants are from all over the world, serve all over the world and range in age from 18 to 30. Small teams of volunteers spend 10 weeks, in the months of June-August, learning and working alongside local communities exploring the role and responsibility of the church to engage in mission, ministry, and service that seek to transform our world into a more just place.

Cost and Finances
The majority of the program costs are covered by Global Ministries, including: airfare to and from orientation, airfare to and from your placement site, food and ground transportation during orientation and while in service, as well as housing during orientation and while in service.

Global Justice Volunteers are asked to contribute to a general stewardship fund for the program. Each participant will be asked to fundraise $200-$2,000 which will go toward scholarships for Global Justice Volunteers coming from communities with fewer resources. Please note that this amount is flexible. Some of you will raise twice the amount, while others will raise less than $200. Do not let fundraising deter you from participating in the program. The New York-based staff person will work with you to augment this responsibility so it is manageable and works for everyone in every context.

For more information please check out the Participant Handbook or be in contact with the GJV Office.
Global Justice Volunteer Program
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 314
New York, NY 10115, USA
(212) 870-3659
Email: mfrazier@umcmission.org

2013 Program Calendar

Candidate Application Deadline: March 1
Placement Site Application Deadline: February 8
Participant Notification: March 8
Program Dates: June 8 - August 11
Orientation: June 8 - June 15
Service Internship: June 15 - August 11
http://vimeo.com/36439983  Watch video of a Global Justice Volunteer describe her experience in mission from this link!