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

Monday, April 28, 2014



Yesterday, Sunday April 27, 2014, several tornadoes ripped through seven states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Louisiana.  According to reports, over 30 tornadoes occurred and caused severe damage in Arkansas and Oklahoma.  

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has reported that so far 19 people have died and 53,000 people remain without power and there have been about a dozen homes destroyed.

Greg Forrester, of UMCOR, has asked that UMVIM volunteers and their local churches repond through prayers and by giving donations to UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response Advance #901670, and by providing UMCOR with relief supplies, especially health kits.  You can find what items are needed to make a health kit and how to send them to the UMCOR Depots in Salt Lake City, Utah and Sager Brown in Louisiana at umcor.org.

Please also contact your UMVIM Conference Coordinator and this website to get the latest updates.  Please do not self-deploy to these affected areas.  When the areas affected are ready to receive volunteers, UMVIM WJ will inform your UMVIM Conference Coordinators.

Thank you so much for your prayers!

-UMVIM WJ Office

Sunday, April 20, 2014


UMVIM WJ hopes you all had a very blessed Easter.  May the rest of your year be filled with hope as you remember that Jesus has risen and lives in you!

The final touches are being put on the upcoming RoundUP + Rx Consultation, Aug 8-10, 2014, at Epworth Forest Camp and Retreat Center, North Webster, IN (midway between Fort Wayne South Bend, IN).  The event landing page contains the information on workshops, speakers, displays, etc.  Please go ahead and register.  Pictures of our guests and speakers will be added as they come in (!) Just an FYI - all five Jurisdictional UMVIM Coordinators will make an appearance and help with the workshops in one way or another!   We will have a Jurisdictional Coordinator's meeting with Una Jones following the RoundUP on Sunday afternoon.  For more information, please contact Lorna Jost at umvim-ncj@brookings.net.
Children Disaster Services Training - if you are interested in serving children after a disaster then please attend the training held by Children Disaster Services. Since 1980 Children’s Disaster Services has been caring for children after disasters in shelters and assistance centers by providing volunteers specially trained and certified to care for children who have experienced a disaster.  Using techniques that utilize toys that encourage expression, volunteers provide a calm safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by a disaster.  Although we are part of Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries, our workshop is open to anyone over the age of 18.  Please visit our website for more information. www.childrensdisasterservices.org
Location and Dates
Victor United Methodist Church
106 East Main Street
Victor, New York 14584
June 13-14, 2014

Liberia Partner Summit, Nov 13-14, 2014. Please save the dates  and join us for this year's Summit: Thursday, Nov. 13 beginning with noon lunch on Thurs, Nov 13 and concluding with banquet and worship on the evening of Fri, Nov 14.  Nardin Park UMC,  29887 West 11 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI will host this year's event and is about 30 minutes from the airport.  More information will be available later this summer.  From Keith Zimmerman, Event steering committee member.
Global Partnership Summit, will be held at the Church of the Resurrection on May 14-16.  This is an gathering. The focus is on Central Asia, Honduras and Malawi, but the nature of the program will be "spot on" for ALL doing Missions and wanting to use the 50/50 Partnership Model... good for both Global and Local missions!!! Visit "In Mission Together"   and click on the Global Partnership Summit Icon. Registration here
June 20-22, 2014. Vietnam Consultation. Pastors Ut and Karen To left Vietnam as boat people back in the '70s. Thanks to some generous United Methodists, they received a college and seminary education and served churches in Michigan. About 10 years ago, they felt the call to return to their homeland and be our mission coordinators there. They have been developing house churches, orphanages, and other ministries ever since. We are bringing Ut and Karen to Richfield United Methodist Church, June 20-22 to explore a MN Conference partnership with Vietnam Methodist churches. From Lyndy Zabel, director of missional impact for the Minnesota Annual Conference.

"Blessed are the peacemakers." Matthew 5:9 Join United Methodist and Palestinian Christian leaders on Thursday and Friday, August 7-8, 2014 for Walking with Palestinian Christians... for holy justice and peace, co-sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and Ginghamsburg Church.  Through prayer, fellowship and study, we as United Methodists in partnership with Palestinian Christians will seek to put God's call to love all our neighbors into action for justice & peace. Brochure.  Registration.

National VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) list for April 2014 - check out all the places your UMC is working through volunteers and UMCOR! From Cathy Earl.


TEXAS, Granbury. The Central Texas Conference announces Granbury, Texas now receiving UMVIM teams - this is the site of the fertilizer plant explosion on April 17, 2013. Project coordinators anticipate that the rebuilding of Granbury, TX will take many years, so your repeated presence is welcomed. *We prefer VIM teams of at least five (5) people and up to twenty-five (25) depending on the available living arrangements. Therefore, if you have a team less than five (5), we will combine groups in an effort to reach the minimum number of five (5) team members. There MUST be a team leader for each team, preferably selected by the team members who will serve together. If you stay overnight, you will sleep at a site near Granbury. Your team will be placed where there is available space based on your size. There is no cost for teams who serve for the day without staying overnight. For all volunteers, the suggested DONATION per person per day is $15. This includes orientation, housing at a United Methodist Church or related facility if staying overnight, daily shower access, bottled water, and administrative costs. There is no required materials fee for this disaster; however contributions up to $100 per person can be accepted to help cover material costs. More information and Register here: http://www.ctcumc.org/pages/detail/2220. We appreciate you signing up to serve as a team or member of a REBUILD team to Granbury, TX. You will receive project location and housing information as soon as we have processed your information, including payment. If you have questions or comments, please email.
MISSOURI, Joplin. Dan Steska, MO DRC writes " We (UMC) are not present in Joplin, in terms of coordinating volunteers or construction, but we have given Rebuild Joplin a large grant to help them in their rebuilding process. We are also directing volunteers to contact them for mission trips. I also believe that a couple of UMC churches in the area may continue to host, also.  Contact information: Thomas Corley, Director of Development, Rebuild Joplin, O: 417.623.0065, C: 417.413.1585.