MISSIONS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) is a grassroots movement within The United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel for people to offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term journeys.
The work of teams includes building relationships, constructing and refurbishing mission facilities, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical clinics, adult Bible study, or children’s vacation Bible school (VBS), and serving in disaster relief efforts around the world.
The UMVIM network offers guidance, organization, and training for serving with the poor, building churches, and assisting in disaster response, community health, and leadership training. You may serve as an individual or be part of a team of 10-16 people.
When you are part of an UMVIM team, you participate in each of the Four Areas of Focus of The United Methodist Church: you develop principled leaders, engage in ministry with the poor, improve global health, and create new and renewed faith communities. Living as a disciple, being the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus Christ in this way, makes new disciples and transforms the world.
UMVIM and the Board of Missions may be able to provide financial resources that assist in creating empowering relationships between teams and host communities.
Team leaders receive training in the best practices of leading mission teams to local, national and international sites.
The new approach to mission partnerships emphasizes forming relationships in the communities in which we work together. Instead of simply responding to mission as needs-based, short-term relief, the new vision of partnership embraces asset-based, long-term development and advocacy. Partners commit to one another through an understanding that we all bring gifts and strengths to solutions, and that needs and solutions must nurture capacity building, empowerment, ownership, and development.
To receive funding for UMVIM mission partnerships, you must be in relationships through the connectional ministries with The United Methodist Church, Global Ministries, or affiliated organizations in host countries. Learn more about our denomination’s In Mission Together 50/50 Partnership.
Eastbrook Mission Barn, Pennsylvania
Midwest Mission Distribution Center, Illinois, Contact: Sandy Bittner E-mail
McCurdy Ministries, New Mexico
S.O.W.E.R. Henderson Settlement, Kentucky
NCJ UMVIM, North Central Jurisdiction
Youth Mission Trips, Contact: Kathy Dickriede E-mail
Mercy Hospital in the Bo region, Contact: Constance Clark E-mail
Africa University, Contact: Laura Jaissle E_mail
Emsizini, Contact: Russ Ham E-mail or John Parker E-mail
Precious Life Foundation, Contact: Bruce Hitchcock E-mail
ZOE Ministry, Contact: Tom Koop E-mail
Russia/Ukraine Contact: Vernon Palo E-mail
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near Akron-Canton Airport.
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North Canton, OH 44720
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