WHY VOLUNTEER WITH UMVIM?

WHY VOLUNTEER THROUGH UMVIM?

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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

REGISTER FOR THE WJ DISASTER ACADEMY; FUTURE TEAMS VOLUNTEERS WANTED; SPRING BREAK MISSION OPP FOR YOUTH AND COLLEGE KIDS



2015 WJ DISASTER ACADEMY
REGISTER TODAY!
 
 
The 2015 Western Jurisdiction Disaster Training will be held on March 2-5, 2015 in Denver at the Holiday Inn Denver East-Stapleton, 3333 Quebec St., Denver, 80207. The classes are for anyone interested in putting their faith into action by helping respond to natural disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. Class offerings include beginning through advanced levels for various types of volunteers, response leaders, church leaders and clergy. Instructors are key UMCOR consultants and experienced disaster responders. 
 
The Rev. Paul Jeffrey will be our guest speaker.  The cost is $200/per person with meals, costs, and materials included in this price. All are welcome!
 
Please click on the following link to receive more information from the brochure and to register for the event at www.rmcumc.org
 
 
FUTURE TEAMS - VOLUNTEERS WANTED  
 
 
Honduras
June 1-10, 2015 (tentative). If life-changing experiences, helping under-served ethnic groups, rain forest boating, and beach driving are your idea of fun, then join the AHMEN Rio de Agua Viva "teach the teacher" team to Honduras today!
  • Work alongside artisans in the La Ceiba city dump community of Los Laureles as they build their jewelry business from scratch
  • Teach a variety of sustainable health topics to 60 community agents learning to lead their own seminars
  • Navigate through the Honduran interior until the paved roads end and the long stretches of Caribbean beaches begin
  • Meander along jungle rivers as you take in nature's variety
  • Build relationships as you make a meaningful difference across dozens of Garifuna & Moskitia communities
No experience is necessary. There is a place for everyone.
However, they are building their team around the following topics: long-term planning, business development, clean water and public health, raising a healthy baby, gardening/composting, communication, and photography/videography. The cost of the team is $1,700. Contact Michael Franklin, 334-467-5777 or AHMEN@honduranmissions.com for more information and to make reservations. 


 
Tanzania
April 26-May 4, 2015. UMVIM Executive Director Paulette West and Rev. Allen Newton are leading an exploratory mission team to Tanzania to work with UMC missionaries Liz and Eric Soard. If you are interested in developing sister-to-sister church relationship and/or discovering new opportunities for your church, then we hope you'll consider joining this team. Price is $4000 and includes airfare and a safari. For more information, please contact Paulette West at paulette_west@umvim.org.


 
Ecuador
March 5-14, 2015. Team Leader Tom Wall, UM campus minister for the Wesley Foundation at University of South Carolina, is seeking additional members for his mission to Ecuador. The team currently consists of about 25 students and staff, but they are in search of a doctor and a dentist to join them to help provide a health clinic. The cost is $1500, and more information is available by contacting Tom at WallBrodie@aol.com.


 
Kenya
July 7-23, 2015. Kenya Partners is a 501(c)(3) non profit operating programs in Nakuru, Kenya since 2006. Mission involves hands-on work in partnership with locals, including medical, dental, lab, optometric in a clinic, and support in teaching, music, construction, computer teaching, photography and videography in a K-12 boarding school. Multi-generational families are welcome, and extended stay/ internships available. There will be a debriefing safari to Masai Mara at end of mission. Cost is $2000 + airfare. For more information, please contact Diane at diane@kenya-partners.org, or visit kenya-partners.org.
 
 
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, AND COLLEGE YOUTH
SPRING BREAK OPPORTUNITY
 
Make your Spring Break count! Spend a week, half-week, or weekend with ARM in Tuskegee, AL where you'll extend the love of Christ through home repair ministry. Many dates in March and April are still available! Bring your middle school, high school, or college students, your Sunday School class, or your small group! Contact Joe at (334) 501-4276 or joe@arm-al.org for more information. You can register online today at www.arm-al.org/springbreak.

Spots are filling up for ARM's Summer Mission Camp! Dates are still available throughout June and July. Provide a transformative experience for your middle and/or high school students as they serve and reflect together with us in rural Alabama. Contact Joe at (334) 501-4276 or joe@arm-al.org for more details or register your group online today at www.arm-al.org/summercamp. Registration fee is only $50, but only until February 1st!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

INTERNATIONAL MISSION OPPORTUNTIES FOR WOMEN ; INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER TRAINING


INTERNATIONAL MISSION OPPORTUNTIES FOR WOMEN
 
 
 
Last call for United Methodist Women to join a 2015 Ubuntu Journey!  Application deadline is February 28, 2015.
 
Costa Rica – August 6-15, 2015        “We are one Spirit”
Visit beautiful Costa Rica the home of the Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana.  Interact with dedicated female students from many diverse Latin American countries.  Dialogue with women theologians and learn how they are making a difference in the lives of Christian women and men in the region.  And, travel to Puerto Viejo to engage and partner with the Red Mujeres (Women’s Network) in their work with women’s empowerment, gender equity and race and cultural diversity.  Contact team leader Rosie Guadarrama at 909-981-3720 or r.guadarrama@att.net
 
Cameroon – August 4-17, 2015     “What Type of Vessels Are We 
Travel to Yaoundé, Cameroon and meet with dynamic United Methodist Women.  Experience their ministries and learn first-hand how the contributions of UMW “mission giving” have supported programs in Cameroon. Contact team leader Marcia Florkey at 937-232-6990 or mlbflorkey@gmail.com.
 
Additional information on either of these Jounreys can be found by emailing Ubuntu@unitedmetodistwomen.org.
 
 
INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER TRAINING FEB. 25-29, 2015
 
 
 
If you are interested in serving as an individual or as a couple in mission service for a period of 2 months to 2 years then apply to become an Individual Volunteer and attend the training next month.  The training will be held at the Colby Retreat Center in Palmdale, CA.  For more information and an application, please contact Rev. Dr. Malcolm Frazier at mfrazier@umcmission.org. All are welcome!
 

Friday, January 16, 2015

WESTERN JURISDICTION DISASTER ACADEMY 2015


 
2015 WJ DISASTER ACADEMY
REGISTER TODAY!
 
 
The 2015 Western Jurisdiction Disaster Training will be held on March 2-5, 2015 in Denver at the Holiday Inn Denver East-Stapleton, 3333 Quebec St., Denver, 80207. The classes are for anyone interested in putting their faith into action by helping respond to natural disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. Class offerings include beginning through advanced levels for various types of volunteers, response leaders, church leaders and clergy. Instructors are key UMCOR consultants and experienced disaster responders. 
 
The Rev. Paul Jeffrey will be our guest speaker.  The cost is $200/per person with meals, costs, and materials included in this price. All are welcome!
 
Please click on the following link to receive more information from the brochure at http://www.rmcumc.org/new/images/stories/communications/2015%20wj%20disaster%20packet%20-%20final.pdf.
 
 
To register for the event, please click on this following link: https://umcdata.net/MissionConnect/Public/SignUp/Web_SignUp.html?conf=RM
 
For more information, questions, or comments, please contact Jim Truitt at wjacademy@comcast.net. 
 
The WJ Disaster Academy is made possible in partnership with UMCOR. 
 
 
 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

NEWS & UPDATES WEEK OF JANUARY 12, 2015


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 
OPPORTUNTIES TO SERVE AND LEARN





1) Happy New Year!  HAPI is looking for a dentist to join a dental team from Houston, TX , July 2 - 11 to Musac, Haiti. If interested, contact Gail Girbach at ggirback@gmail.com or Valerie Mossman-Celestin, United Methodist Deaconess
U.S. Executive Director, Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI) / 616-446-9558
 

 
2) June 22-30, 2015. Nicaragua.  Cost is $1300 per person.  The June team will be especially for High School and older youth, as well as adults.  The work will be mainly be in schools: interaction with students, some construction, school maintenance, public hospital visitations, Bible school with a Nicaraguan Methodist Church, and other activities.  Time for worship, sightseeing and shopping will be included.  An application form and brochure is available upon request to Jack Reif at jack.reif.zoomtown.com.
 
 

 
3) Bahamas Methodist Habitat is now accepting volunteer applications for 2015 Summer Staff.  Spend seven weeks of your summer working in the Bahamas! We are looking for passionate young adults who are seeking God while helping others.  You must be at least 19 OR have one year of college completed. For more information go to our website at www.methodisthabitat.org.
 
 
 
4) Interested in serving as an Individual Volunteer? Upcoming training event at the Colby Retreat Center in Palmdale, CA February 24 - 28, 2015.  For more information and an application please contact Malcolm Frazier at mfrazier@umcmission.org.
 
 

 
 
5) Two job openings at UMCOR Sager Brown in Baldwin, LA Dir. of Volunteer Services and Volunteer Program Manager.  More information and the application process can be found at the Global Ministries website at www.umcmission.org.  If you know of any interested persons, I would be happy to speak with them and answer any questions they may have.  I appreciate any attention you can give to this. from Kathy Kraiza / cell 337-578-0156 / Executive Director of Relief SuppliesUnited Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) 

 
6) Make your Spring Break count! Spend a week, half-week, or weekend with ARM in Tuskegee, AL where you'll extend the love of Christ through home repair ministry. Many dates in March and April are still available! Bring your middle school, high school, or college students, your Sunday School class, or your small group! Contact Joe at (334) 501-4276 or joe@arm-al.org for more information. You can register online today at www.arm-al.org/springbreak.

Spots are filling up for ARM's Summer Mission Camp! Dates are still available throughout June and July. Provide a transformative experience for your middle and/or high school students as they serve and reflect together with us in rural Alabama. Contact Joe at 
(334) 501-4276 or  joe@arm-al.org for more details or register your group online today at www.arm-al.org/summercamp. Registration fee is only $50, but only until February 1st! 


6) Do you want to learn how to be a caring Christian presence in times of a natural disaster?  Then attend the 2nd Annual Western Jurisdiction Disaster Academy.  It will be held in Denver, CO March 2-5, 2015.  For more information please contact Heather Wilson at umvimwj@hotmail.com.



7) HAITI FIVE YEARS LATER: JIM GULLEY REMEMBERS
Jim Gulley, UMCOR consultant, recalls the events of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti in this new video that marks its 5th anniversary.
Five years after surviving the devastating January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti, Jim Gulley, UMCOR consultant, recalls moments of that tragic day and also looks forward with hope as the nation continues to rebuild. Visit www.umcor.org to watch the video and learn more.


 
 

 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy 2015!!! MISSION NEWS AND UPDATES


 
WISHING YOU BLESSINGS IN THE NEW YEAR
 
 
 
 The UMVIM WJ office wishes each of you a wonderful and blessed 2015.  We thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement of all of our volunteers and the short-term volunteer ministry!
 
 
 
INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER TRAINING FEB. 25-29, 2015
COLBY RETREAT CENTER, PALMDALE, CA
 
 
 
 
Perhaps you have been on a short-term mission experience which had such an impact on you that you want to do more.  Perhaps you are looking for a way to put your faith in action through service.  The Individual Volunteer Program sponsored by Global Ministries can help you fulfill both of those needs and more.  The program offers opportunities for individual and couples to serve in mission from two months to two years in a variety of placement settings around the world. The opportunities for service are diverse, including such volunteer positions as case managers for refugees, teachers, pastors, camp directors, and children and youth assistants.
 To learn more about these placements and other details of the program, please visit website www.individualvolunteers.info.    If you are being called to this important and vital ministry, please contact Malcolm Frazier at mfrazier@umcmission.org or call 212 870-3659.

 
Our next training and orientation session will be at the Colby Retreat Center in Palmdale, California February 25-29, 2015.  Space is limited so please apply now!!!
 


Thursday, December 25, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS



 
 
 
 
 
The UMVIM WJ office wishes you a very Merry Christmas!
 
 

Friday, November 21, 2014

MISSION NEWS AND UPDATES NOVEMBER 21, 2014


MISSION OPPORTUNTIES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY
 
 
 
 
Colorado, August 2015. Please contact team leader Linda Smith for more information regarding a building mission opportunity in the Denver area. The cost is $900, and team members should be able to physically stand, walk and work for 6-8 hours a day. She can be contacted via email at

Colorado, January 2015. Youth Leadership Conference January 23-25th, 2015 at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp in Hillside, CO.  For more information, please contact Heather Wilson at umvimwj@hotmail.com


Haiti, March 20-28; June 19-28; July 31-August 9, 2015. Additional team members are requested for any or all of these 3 trips to Haiti. The cost is $1700 and includes airfare, room and board, and supplies for the construction project. The main focus of this mission will be teaching English classes at an orphanage and helping build a home for a family. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, please contact Paula Heidrick, pheidrick119@gmail.com.

Guatemala, May 22-30, 2015. Saraland UMC is leading a mission trip to Casa Alleluia, a large orphanage near Guatemala City. They will do light repairs to the campus and work with local children. The cost is $1350 and is all-inclusive, and a $400 deposit is due in mid-December. For more information, please contact Rev. Mike Hoppe at mike@saralandumc.org
Honduras, May 10-18, 2015 and Ongoing. The Carolina Honduras Health Foundation clinic in Limón, Honduras hosts 18 volunteer medical mission teams each year at their clinic on the Caribbean coast. A team leader is needed for the week of May 10-18, 2015. Assistance in organizing the team will be provided. Other teams throughout the year need doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, EMTs and pharmacists. If interested, please contact KenHook@CHHF.org. 
 
 
YOUNG ADULT AND YOUTH MISSION MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT:
CASA ESPERANZA, NEW MEXICO
HEALTH AND MEDICAL MINISTRY
 
 
 
We need people who are interested in serving their community in many ways, such as planning resident activities, washing laundry, putting linens away, preparing snacks or meals, cleaning, setting up rooms for our families, and office work. You may be interested in volunteering for a specific holiday, an activity, or a period of time.

Volunteers in the past have purchased groceries for families on Thanksgiving, donated phone cards or have even planned a birthday party for some of the children staying with us. Each volunteer makes an incredible difference for the families who stay at our home. Just like at your own home, there is always so much to do at Casa Esperanza!

We have the ability to accommodate volunteer groups and clubs of all sizes or just one individual. We plan many projects throughout the year, and we are so grateful to be able to say that we can rely on our volunteers to help us check them off our to-do list.

Please call our Guest Services Team to schedule a time to come and tour our facility and to fill out a volunteer application.

www.casanm.org
 
 
 
 
SIERRA LEONE AND UMC MOURN EBOLA DEATH OF SURGEON
 
 
 
The Sierra Leone United Methodist Conference is in shock over the death of Dr. Martin Salia from Ebola. Salia, who was the chief medical officer and only surgeon at United Methodist Kissy Hospital, died after he was airlifted to the United States for treatment.
 
"We are trying to come to terms with the reality of his death," said Bishop John K. Yambasu. "We never thought we would be losing one of our head doctors to Ebola."
 
"He was everything to us," Yambasu said, adding Salia was one of only a very few surgeons in the country.
 
The bishop reported that everyone in the United Methodist office in Sierra Leone was crying and reeling from the sad news.

UMVIM WJ requests prayers for Dr. Salia's family and all those we have lost to Ebola.