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, July 31, 2014


Firefighters are finally containing the massive Carlton Complex Fires in Eastern Washington (52% contained as of Thursday, July 24th). The other wildfires burning near Chelan, north of Wenatchee, and south of Cheney are also being contained. Thanks be to God . . . and thanks be to the firefighters!
Photo courtesy of the Washington State National Guard, by SFC Jason Kriess.

As the firefighters begin to stand-down and rest up for the next fire, the communities affected by the fires begin to seek relief and recovery. Hardest hit was the community of Pateros. Our Conference Associate Lay Leader, David Reinholz, posted a great report on the situation in Pateros yesterday. If you haven't read David's report and looked at the pictures he took, I urge you to do so.

Also hard hit was the Methow Valley, where the destruction was more widespread, the towns of Twisp and Winthrop being spared from a direct encounter with the fires. Throughout the more than 250,000 acres burned by the fire the power is out. Restoring power is one of the highest priorities of emergency managers.

Bahamas Methodist Habitat is looking for some Fall and Spring Semester Interns! We are looking for someone to help run teams, work in the office, and help with after school. If you or someone you know might be interested please email Brenda at methodisthabitat@gmail.com.


The General Board of Global Ministry seeks experienced volunteer to support agricultural work, manage finances NEW YORK CITY (GBGM) - Una Jones, Assistant General Secretary for Mission Volunteers at the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, recently issued an urgent appeal for volunteers to help fill the ministry gap left by the death of Tshala Mwengo (in an April car accident) until more permanent help is secured. There is a need for an experienced individual to support the agricultural work and manage the finances of the Mujila Falls project in Zambia. Interested volunteers available for three-to-six month short-term assignments can contact Una Jones at ujones@umcmission.org.


Please be informed on information from the CDC regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This is the largest outbreak in history and they are working hard but struggling to contain it. The CDC has urged that no unessential travel occur to Seirra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Here is a link to this "Level 3" Warning: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/ebola-liberia. Note that there are only three warning levels used by the CDC (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices) and this is the one urging the highest caution. Please be sure to keep your teams scheduled to travel to these areas or even near these areas within the next 6 months posted--share this information.


The current immigration crisis involving  adults, accompanied minors, and unaccompanied minors crossing into the U.S. along our Southwest border has been labeled a humanitarian disaster.

UMCOR’s has responded by supporting the conferences most affected with grant funds for hospitality, material supplies where needed, and collaboration with our ecumenical and governmental partners.

In the U.S.,  UMCOR always works on invitation of the episcopal leadership of the Annual Conference that has been affected by a disaster. In this instance, UMCOR has released emergency grants of $10,000 to the Southwest TX and Desert South West conferences upon request of Bishop Dorff and Bishop Hoshibata.

UMCOR is currently engaged in grant discussions for ongoing coordination of relief services for the areas of McAllen, Laredo, Brownsville , and Nogales.   Bishop Dorff  announced the appointment of Rev. Javier Leyva to oversee the coordination of Immigration ministry response for SWTX conference  - a position that will be supported with UMCOR grant funds.  The Holdings Institute – a UMW property –   within SWTX has been meeting the hospitality needs of immigrant arrivals in their area and will become part of a response plan with SWTX.  UMCOR is in discussion with the WJ Council of Bishops about ongoing coordination needs for the entire region including the Methodist conferences on the Mexican side of the border.

UMCOR has supported the Mexican Border Ministry Network (16 sites)  in the past with grants for blankets, socks, and medical supplies.  The MBMN  and the neighboring churches have been providing hospitality for the persons who have been processed through Immigration and then released to appear at  a later date.  The individuals (sometimes with children) are being dropped at bus stations and mission centers without notification to  the regional groups or physical resources to continue their journey.  UMCOR will be supporting these ministries through conference grants.  A delivery of 18,000 health kits was recently released in the areas of McAllen, Laredo, and Brownsville to help support the hospitality needs of those arriving.

UMCOR has been in continuing conversation with FEMA, ICE, DHS, HHS, and the White House Office for Faith-based initiatives to get greater access and insights to the processing of arriving immigrants to be able to provide needed services.  UMCOR will continue to support the faith groups in the area so that they are able to assist and offer hospitality.  At this time, the conferences are not asking for any outside assistance or donations of supplies from outside their region. UMCOR will work with them on the possibility of teams coming to assist to provide respite for the local church hospitality teams who have been tireless in their work. 

In the area of Unaccompanied Minors – UMCOR – along with most faith organizations – are included in a conference call each week with officials from FEMA, ICE, DHS, HHS, and the White House Office for Faith-based initiatives.   
Since their detention has been declared a “national security issue” the only persons with access are Dept. Homeland Security and ICE contractors.  NO groups are being given continual access for Spiritual and Emotional Care or visitation.  There has been limited access by our Episcopal leadership.   UMCOR and the Bishops are continuing to pressure our governmental agencies for access to little or no avail.. but we continue to dialogue. The government has clearly stated that the children held in detention facilities have no unmet needs and are not accepting donations of supplies or funding towards their care.

 JFON (Justice for our Neighbors) – which is supported by UMCOR is sending volunteer attorneys to the area on request of the government to help expedite some immigration proceedings with legal representation.   






Tuesday, July 22, 2014



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


We welcome Jennifer and Victor Hammond as the new UMVIM Conference Coordinators for Desert Southwest Conference!  You can reach them at drdoowopp@cox.net.  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!!


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 jpwalton@hotmail.com. You may contact Rev. Larry Hagard, United Methodist Volunteer Scheduler,  as well at 662.803.5748 or lhd357@bellsouth.net.

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 fred@rabmin.org or their website for more information. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014



Sierra Leone
The Sierra Leona Annual Conference has asked for prayers regarding the spreading of the Ebola virus within their country. If planning a mission or any other travel to Sierra Leone, please consult with the local ministry of health, the CDC and/or the US State Department to stay up-to-date on the latest information.

Dominican Republic/Caribbean
If traveling to the Dominican Republic or the Caribbean, please be aware of a mosquito-born virus that could potentially become a problem. Please consult the State Department for vaccination requirements before traveling abroad and check with the Center for Disease Control as well.

For more information, please check out the following link from Doctors Without Borders.  http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/article/ebola-massive-deployment-needed-fight-epidemic-west-africa

In a joint venture with teams from the Susquehanna Annual Conference and the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference we will be traveling to Salto, Uruguay November 6-18, 2014 for a Volunteers in Mission trip. We will be doing a renovation project with the congregation of the La Cruz Methodist Church in Salto (Northwestern Uruguay). The project entails painting, light construction and some plumbing. There will be ample time to learn about the Rio Del La Platte area and its rich culture. The cost is $2300 per person, which includes airfare from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Montevideo, Uruguay, hotels, meals and ground transportation. For more information please contact Rev. Miguel Arenas at mh.arenas@live.com or Rev. Dr. Robert Cook at Kerygma5@yahoo.com

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Greetings! I am writing you all to let you know that I will be leading another team to the Holy Land on the above dates. This will be a study tour.  I have been working with Rev. Kristen Brown and with Grace Tours in Bethlehem.
This will be my fourth trip to the Holy Land and my second time serving as Team Leader. When Rev. Kristen Brown and I were discussing and planning for this trip, it was our hope that possibly people who may serve as Delegates to General Conference in 2016 may be interested in participating, as well as Pastors and Lay Leaders. 
However, the trip is open to anyone who would like to gain more knowledge of the situation in the Holy Land as well as to experience the Holy Sites.
We have shortened the length of this trip to 10 days in the hope that possibly more people will be able to attend without having to take as much time off of work as a 14 day trip would require.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the trip. 
*Group open to 24 people
*Cost from the USA is $3000 which includes airfare, food, tips, travel, etc.
*$200 deposit per person due by 11/2014
*Experience the Holy Sites and learn about the history and cultures of the area
*February 9-19, 2015
For more information, please contact Carol at jbcjsc@aol.com or at 712.301.6520.
Shalom and Salaam,
Carol Garwood
1212 Dakota Avenue
Dakota City NE 68731
712-301-6520 (cell)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


The UMVIM WJ team has a new addition! We welcome Becky Platt as the new UMVIM Conference Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference! You can connect with Becky about forming a team, team leader trainings, and mission events in your local churches and districts! Her email address is beckplatt1@peoplepc.com.

A major flood hit 7 remote villages along the Yukon River in May 2013. 82 United Methodist volunteers from across the US spent two weeks of their time and skills helping to repair homes in Galena, AK during August and September. The task was far from complete by the time the weather forced them to quit working.

We are going back this summer to complete the job. FEMA has offered free air travel, tools and equipment and the State of Alaska will provide housing and food. The cost to the team member is virtually nothing but time. So far, we have recruited 12-15 volunteers for each of the 12 teams except Team #11 which goes to Galena on Aug. 11th through the 27th. This team has 6 open slots. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about this opportunity, please have them contact me as soon as possible. I’ve attached a list of frequently asked questions that will provide a good overview of the mission.
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)



Efforts are underway to organize for the many volunteers that will be needed during the long-term recovery and rebuild response in the Great Plains Conference. For current information on how you can respond visit the Great Plains UMC Disaster web page and "like" their facebook page. Inquiries for long-term rebuilding and recovery can be made to disasterresponse@greatplainsumc.org.
Volunteers: There is an urgent call for self sustained and trained Early Response volunteers to assist with feeding and field gleaning in Wakefield, Nebraska. To assist with feeding contact 316-772-6811 and to assist with gleaning contact 402-287-2574.
The June 16th tornado in Pilger follows two recent tornadoes in the Great Plains Conference; Baxter Springs, Kansas on April 27th and Beaver Crossing, Nebraska on May 11th. To assist with recovery and response efforts in these areas please contact umc.dr.baxter@greatplainsumc.org and umc.dr.beaver@greatplainsumc.org respectively.
The Great Plains Conference appreciates the outpouring of prayers, donations, and support, but requests that no further material donations be given at this time. Please remember that financial needs are ongoing and supporters can donate directly to the Great Plains conference disaster response on-line or they can mail checks marked for #975 to the Great Plains Conference, c/o Topeka Office, P.O. Box 4187, Topeka, KS 66604. Donations can also be made on-line through UMCOR to United States Disaster Response #901670
The Alabama-West Florida Conference is accepting volunteers into Walton/Washington Counties (Florida) at this time. Volunteers with skills that meet the recovery needs are welcome.
 Work project: interior work in 12 homes
Housing available and materials will be onsite. A complete project list will be available as teams register.
 Please contact Ben Tarpley at 478-258-7585 to register but please advise Amelia Fletcher, Disaster Response & Recovery Coordinator, of your presence in our conference.
Lafayette County is looking for assistance through Voluntary Agencies to help residents affected by flooding to raise their air conditioning units. If your organization can help with this request, please contact Volunteer Florida. For any additional information regarding this request please contact Sheri Taylor w/ Volunteer Florida directly. 
Sheri Taylor, Emergency Management Coordinator, Volunteer Florida
Mobile: 850-728-3495
For additional information or questions, please contact:
Amelia Fletcher, Disaster Response & Recovery Coordinator
Alabama-West Florida Conference
Office: 251-968-2549,  amelia@gulfshoresumc.org
Other volunteer team opportunities, especially in the Pensacola, FL, and Gulf Shores, AL, areas, will open in mid-July and will be posted on the Alabama-West Florida Conference website, www.awfumc.org/disasterresponse
Youth and young adult team will be serving in Costa Rica in July!  They hail from Rose City UMC in Portland, OR.  The team leader is Julie Fleming and they will be serving at Universidad Bilblica Latin Americana.  For more information email Julie at jfleming4rcpumy@gmail.com.  Keep Julie and this team lifted in prayer!
Bahamas, Eleuthera Island, July 27-Aug 2, 2014. Bahamas Methodist Habitat is looking for helping hands to work on a roofing and sub-standard housing project. A lot of people don't realize that there are many people in need in the Bahamas just beyond the resorts and beautiful beaches. Anyone willing to learn how to hammer is welcome! The cost is $600 per person and food, lodging, construction materials, bus and site leaders, but not airfare. Please email Brenda Thompson for more information at methodisthabitat@gmail.com.
Guatemala. August 2-9, 2014. Team Leader Bill Perry is looking for additional team members to work with indigenous Maya in the Highlands of Guatemala. The trip will include partnering with Mayan families to build improved, fuel-efficient stoves in community homes. The trip cost is $985 + airfare, which includes all meals, transportation, accommodations, translation, service project materials and guidance. No prior experience or skills necessary. Please email Rachel Triplett for more information at rachel@highlandsupportproject.org.
Cuba, September 12-22, 2014. Irwinton Toomsboro Salem Church in the South Georgia Conference is seeking volunteers to work on the Seminary Housing Project in Havana. No construction skills are necessary. The trip cost is $1800. Please contact Mike Burgamy at burgamy@bellsouth.net for more information.

Cuba, September 15-25. Louisiana Volunteers in Mission is sending a team to Cuba for remodeling or rebuilding of a local church or parsonage. Both experienced and new volunteers are welcome regardless of skill level, although experienced carpenters, plumbers, roofers, and electricians are sought after. There will be a job for everyone. For further information please contact Mark Martin at drmrmartin@yahoo.com.
Panama, July 26-August 3, 2014. A medical team from Covenant United Methodist is seeking physicians or physician's assistants for a mission opportunity in Panama to work with the indigenous Ngobe tribe. Please contact Pat Miller at ampmassoc@aol.com for additional information.
Ghana, September 18-26, 2014. A medical team from Getwell Road UMC is seeking a dentist to join their team that will be traveling to Ghana this fall. The cost is $2200, which covers travel and lodging; other expenses are covered by the sending church. Please contact Chris Johnston at christianhj@me.com for additional information.
Sierra Leone, Winter 2014. Women for Women of Sierra Leone is seeking physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants for a healthcare-based trip that will depart late November/early December of this year. WWSL is humanitarian 501(c)(3) organization that works with the U.S. Embassy in Sierra Leone to provide free healthcare. Please visit wwslinc@gmail.com for more information.
El Salvador, March 2-12, 2015. A medical team is seeking doctors, pediatricians, OB/GYNs, and optometrists to join their team that will be traveling El Salvador next spring. The cost is $1000 and includes airfare. Please contact. Dr. Brad Middaugh for more information at middaugh@att.net.
Disaster Response
Mississippi Conference. Heavy equipment is needed for debris removal in the Tupelo area, which was impacted by a large tornado on April 28, 2014. Please contact Rev. Darrell Sanderson at 662-231-0075 for more information or to volunteer.
North Alabama Conference. The NAC is in need of individual to volunteer at Multi-Agency Coordination Centers, located in Adamsville, Bessemer and Graysville. Duties would be taking information of needs from Storm Victims, and referring them to the Conference office. It would only take a brief training to be able to help out. Please Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Lori Feist (205-226-7909 or lfeist@umcna.org) with the dates, times and which Center you would prefer serving.
North Carolina Conference. UMVIM Work teams from the Western North Carolina Conference and Virginia Conference are invited to assist in the response to the tornado damage from mid-April. These teams should be lead by persons who have received ERT training or UMVIM Team Leader Training. To volunteer, please contact Ann Huffman at disasterresponse@nccumc.org or call 888-440-9167 or 919-610-8018.
Check out the following link to learn how Warren McGuffin and UMVIM teams are using fishing poles to change lives in Haiti.

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. 

Friday, May 2, 2014



Linda pictured here in red shirt on the left

The Western Jurisdiction has lost an amazing volunteer and woman, Linda Chevalier.  Please lift her family up in prayer as they grieve the loss of their loved one while also celebrating her life, which was full of service and love.  She will be greatly missed.
Linda's car was broadsided by two individuals, one a felon who were fleeing from Police.  Most likely she never knew what hit her.  The two in the other car are in a Phoenix hospital with serious back injuries.  Linda was on her way home or to the church, not sure.  She had been helping a shut-in with needed services and was returning.  She never made it to the helicopter as she died before they could airlift her.
Her funeral service will be May 10th at 11:00 AM at St. John's UMC in Kingman located at 1730 Kino Ave, Kingman, AZ 86409-3083. 
An added note.  I just received a call from Catherine Earl, UMCOR, Washington, DC office offering condolences for Linda's family and all of us as we deal with her loss.  I also got a note from Rick Hill who handles all our badging for UMCOR with the same care and compassion.  The UMCOR family is amazing and truly embodies United Methodism and Christianity.
Please keep the Chevalier family and St John's UMC in your prayers.
Rev. Bob Cutlipp
Desert Southwest Conference UMC
Disaster Response Coordinator
520-253-0027 (cell phone)

New Community UMC Oakhurst team to UMCOR Depot West (Salt Lake City) April 28-May 2: Ken Rawlings leads and serves with Kent Byers, Victor Izzo, Helen Mansfield, and Janet Rawlings.

The Care-A-Vaners travel to Selma UMC May 4-11: Lynn Caudle leads and serves with Linda and Darrell Perkin, Gayle and John Pickrell-Davenport, Susan and Dave Sargent, Elaine and Gene Hill, Ina and Marv Tanner, and Susie Caudle.

Reno 1st UMC team to Camp Lodestar May 11-17: Patti Bengtson leads and serves with Ralph and Barbara Drake, Richard Drath, Jim and Lucy Gratteau, Dale and Patti Hampton, Marilyn Hewitt, Darlene Luster, Betsy Morse, Gary and Jackie Ray, Jackie Ruffin, Katie Salo, Jeff Spalin, Alycia Stuart, Jay Stuart and Nancy Wong.

Modesto 1st team to UMCOR Depot West (Salt Lake City) May 23-26 to be led by Judy Church.

Chinese Community UMC Oakland team to Kumi Visionary School, Uganda, May 27-June 10: Aeri Lee leads and serves with Connie Branson, Donna Jo Chan, Steven Chan, Emma Hom, Jeffrey Lu, Michelle Lu, Philip Noordmans, Teri Noordmans, Jacinto Obrera, Benjamin Wong, and Rebecca Wong.

For more information about these tams and their ministry, please contact Cal-Nevada UMVIM Conference Coordinator, Phil Bandy, at philb@calnevumc.org or at 916.374.1582.

On Sunday, April 27, an outbreak of tornadoes tore through seven Southern and Midwestern states, devastating several communities. The hardest-hit states were Arkansas and Oklahoma. The small towns of Mayflower and Vilonia in Arkansas, and Quapaw in Oklahoma were among the most severely affected. Baxter Springs, Kansas, just five miles from Quapaw, was also impacted.

Across eastern North Carolina, multiple tornadoes touched down over the weekend damaging and destroying more than 300 homes and causing damage in more than eight counties.
Greg Forrester, UMCOR’s US Disaster Response executive, mentioned ways United Methodists can help. He stated, “You can help UMCOR respond to this powerful event by keeping all those affected in your prayers; by giving to UMCOR US Disaster Response; and by working with your church community to provide UMCOR kits, especially health kits.” Forrester also asked for continued prayers for survivors and the efforts of first-responders.

Tornadoes have also ripped through Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, bringing the death toll to at least 28, as of this writing.

So far, as requested by affected annual conferences, UMCOR has provided emergency grants to North Carolina, Great Plains and North Alabama.  
Please visit www.umcor.org to give a donation to UMCOR US Disaster Response Advance and to receive more information about UMCOR health kits.


Fiji - Volunteers wanted to serve in Fiji.  Please contact Fiji Mission Coordinator Virisila Batiratu at vshyou@yahoo.com or at 916.756.7280.

Tornado Relief - Seeking teams with members of all skill sets to build and complete homes. Please contact Lori Feist a lfeist@umcna.org

Superstorm Sandy Relief. Seeking teams to assist with addressing long-term needs for those who have been displaced. Please contact Tom Vencuss at tvencuss@nyac.com.  

2011 Mobile Christmas Tornado Relief. Seeking teams to assist in repairing the 35 homes still on their list, specifically with roofing and interior repairs. Please visit their website for volunteer forms and more information.
 Hurricane Irene Relief. Efforts will continue throughout 2014 as the list of needs grow and as funding and volunteer support are coming in. Approximately 70 more cases are still open. Seeking teams with all skill levels, particularly in roofing and interior repair. For more information, please contact Cliff Harvell at cliffharvell@nccumc.org.

Disaster Relief Kits  Kits are a means of providing hope and are tremendous way of connecting the church to missions across the United States and the world. Constructing Disaster Relief kits are an especially effective way for Children's Ministries and/or those who are unable to participate in manual labor to engage in disaster relief. Click here to learn more.

Global Mission Partnership Summit - We are happy to announce that the deadline for the early bird registration rate of just $99 per person, or $79 for groups of five or more has been extended to May 1, 2014.  
In Mission Together (IMT), a global partnership network for Global Ministries that equips leaders from local churches for transformational partnerships through cutting-edge training from the US and around the world, will be hosting the Global Partnership Summit (GPS) in collaboration with the Great Plains Conference at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood KS, May 14-16, 2014.  
This once-in-a-lifetime gathering features practitioners from around the world who are leading disciple-making movements based on the Wesleyan model.  They will be sharing their insights and providing training for equipping and empowering your church both locally and globally.  
  Highlights of the Summit include:
  • Keynote address by Adam Hamilton
  • Best practices for mobilizing your congregation 
  • Equipping your partnerships for long-term, asset-based missional impact 
  • Simultaneous global interaction with partners on three continents: Asia, Africa, and North America
  • Lessons from the emerging church around the world

Event Schedule and Registration Information

Make you hotel reservations today! Use BizTrip Corporate ID # 312496 for the rates listed below.
Drury Inn
10963 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS  66210

$81.00 Doubles/King
Free Continental Breakfast

Pear Tree
10951 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66210

$66.00 Doubles/King 
Free Continental Breakfast

Rev. Patrick Friday
Director, In Mission Together, Global Partnership Network
General Board of Global Ministries