INSURANCE FOR UMVIM TEAMS
Global Ministries no longer offers accident insurance as of January 2014. However, there are other great options for your UMVIM team to be insured. The NorthCentral, SouthEast, and NorthEast UMVIM jurisdiction offices offer accident and medical insurance for UMVIM teams. Each policy is very good but each vary as to fees and costs. To register to receive insurance through these UMVIM jurisidictional offices and to learn more about the different insurance plans, please visit the following links:
www.nejumc.org/vim - Northeast Jurisdiction
umvim.org/send_a_team/international/registration_insurance.html - Southeast Jurisdiction
www.umvimncj.org/ncjvim - Northcentral Jurisdiction
NEW UMVIM CONFERENCE COORDINATORS FOR DESERT SOUTHWEST
We welcome Jennifer and Victor Hammond as the new UMVIM Conference Coordinators for Desert Southwest Conference! You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are very happy to have them join our UMVIM WJ team!
We also want to lift up the great work and passion that former Desert Southwest UMVIM Conference Coordinators, Chris Spencer and Bill Sanford, brought to UMVIM WJ!! We thank you Chris and Bill for your service and many efforts on behalf of the volunteers in Desert Southwest and beyond! Both Christ and Bill have led and been active in leading teams from the Desert Southwest Conference to Mexico and Central America and building relationships between the churches between the US and these countries. We are forever grateful for their Christian love in action and they will be missed!!
FIRES IN EASTERN WASHINGTON
This is a very active and fluid situation," fire spokesman Chuck Turey said. Mr. Turey is a master of understatement.
In the old days, when a ship had sailed around in a circle, the sailors would say that the ship had "boxed the compass." The wildfires in Eastern Washington seem to be boxing the compass. The uncertainty of not knowing where the fires will head next is perhaps the worst part of the disaster unveiling itself in Eastern Washington and in several other locations in the West.
Here's what we do know:
- Washington State Emergency Managers report only one fatality related to the fires as of Sunday morning, a firefighter or volunteer.
- About 150 homes have been destroyed, including the United Methodist parsonage in Pateros.
- About 200 homes are still threatened.
- Thousands of acres and hundreds of square miles have been burned.
Click here to read more of Rev. Stanley Norman's updates....
Winston County, MS is in need of volunteer teams to serve in the county and city of Louisville, MS recovering from April's devastating tornado. Hundreds of homes were destroyed. Many that were not destroyed sustained major damage. Teams need to have trained team leaders. To serve contact Jeff Walton, United Methodist Volunteer Coordinator, at 662.617.1077; email email@example.com. You may contact Rev. Larry Hagard, United Methodist Volunteer Scheduler, as well at 662.803.5748 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Costa Rica, December 27, 2014-January 3, 2015. Spend your new year in Costa Rica! Rice & Means Ministries (Advance #3021052) are seeking volunteers to ring in the New Year while also engaging in missions, including working with children, construction, food ministry and medical opportunities. Price is $800 plus airfare. Please contact Fred Curry at email@example.com or their website for more information.