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, May 9, 2014



If you have applied to serve as an Individual Volunteer, then please attend the Individual Volunteer Training event July 9-13, 2014 at Aldersgate Retreat Center in Pacific Palisades, CA.  At the training you will be able to fellowship with other volunteers and learn important information about serving in love through the Individual Volunteer ministry.  If you have any questions, please contact your UMVIM Conference Coordinator or Jay Cooper at jcooper@umcmission.org. 


Chile Gathering - Santa Cruz, CA September 2014
All are welcome to attend the upcoming Chile Gathering in Santa Cruz, CA September 5-7, 2014.  Stanley and Beryl Moore will be leading the event and it is sure to inspire!  Please come to learn more about mission and ministry work in Chile and fellowship with others who have a heart for Chile and/or are interested in learning more!  For more information, please contact Stanley Moore at gpamoore@gmail.com.

MFSA - Cal-Pac Chapter Event, May 10, 2014
The Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) will be hosting an event called, "New Beginnings, Doing Justice in New Ways and Places", at Alhambra First UMC in Alhambra, CA, 8:30 am to 2:45 pm.  All are welcome to attend, especially UMVIMers who have a passion for justice for all of God's children.  For more information about MFSA and their ministry for justice please contact Janet at minister@churchop.org.


Team from Wisconsin coming to serve in Colorado:
COLORADO - September 6-14, 2014.  Disaster Response, just added to Wisconsin Conference booklet. Last September several counties in Colorado were subjected to massive flooding due to a 1000 year flood from 8 days of relentless rain. Eight people were killed, over 2000 homes damaged or destroyed and hundreds of miles of roads and bridges washed out. Wisconsin National VIM will respond with a rebuilding team, leaving by bus from Platteville on September 6th for the two easy travel days to Greeley, Colorado. We will be housed in a church in the area, sleeping on VIM air mattresses and preparing our meals in the church kitchen. The team will be limited to 40 members due to housing room available, so register early to be assured of your participation. We must have at least 30 people registered for the bus before registrations from those wishing to drive out on their own will be confirmed. We will take some time off on Wednesday to take an optional bus trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. Registration cost will be $460.00, which will cover the bus, motels out and back, food on work days and a donation to the project for materials used.
Cost for those driving on their own will be $240.00. TEAM LEADERS - Bob and Carol Clingan, 1738 Decorah Rd, West Bend WI 53095; 262-334-7423. REGISTRAR - Vince Ramsden, 5811 County Rd P, Highland WI 53543; 608-929-4931.

Round-Up and RX Connection - August 2014
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.  Registration is now open!
Besides Willie Berman, other missionaries will be with us to talk about their sites and opportunities for UMVIM teams and collaboration: Rhett Thompson, Panama; Ardell and Gordon Graner, Dominican Republic and Jeff and Debbie Wasilevich, Individual Volunteers (NIC), Bolivia will be in attendance!  For more information please contact, Lorna Jost, at umvim-ncj@brookings.net.