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Oklahoma, Moore tornado recovery needs volunteers

Work Team
Location Category: National
Location: Moore Oklahoma
Country: USA
Ends: 12/15/2014

Long-term recovery efforts are underway. There are three volunteer reception sites: El Reno, Moore and Shawnee. All those interested in serving in Oklahoma are instructed to go to the OKVIM Disaster Response website to register yourself or your team. (updated 1/20/14)

NOMADS Volunteers Work in Response to Disaster

Ongoing
Location Category: Ongoing
To learn more about the NOMADS program and projects visit: http://www.nomadsumc.org.

Teams needed in North Dakota

Work Team
Location Category: National
Country: USA
Ends: 12/31/2014

Minot, North Dakota: It is the desire of United Methodist long-term recovery leaders in Minot to finish the job. Recently there were eight houses and 12-13 trailers and manufactured homes on the United Methodist list of "to dos." Several other recovery organizations have pulled out leaving the United Methodist recovery as just about the only agency left with boots on the ground. (Lutheran Disaster Relief has a couple of houses to complete.) As these groups left, they transferred another 11 houses to the UMC list, therefore, total to work on = 19 + 13. They also nicely transferred any resources and funds they had left. Anyone up for a mission to Minot? Contact Bob Lower to schedule a date this spring and summer.

Check Out the New Gambling Recovery Ministries Web Site

Ongoing
Location Category: Ongoing
  • Check out the United Methodist-related Gambling Recovery Ministries' greatly expanded Web site www.grmumc.org.
  • Sign up for e-news Bonus Pages at www.grmumc.org.
  • This ministry is supported in part through your congregational tithe to the conference.

Sierra Leone Partners seek education team members for 2014

Ongoing
Location Category: International
Location: Primary Schools in Sierra Leone
Country: Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone Partners are looking for education team members to participate on teams conducting workshops for United Methodist Primary Schools (grades K-6) in Sierra Leone in the summer of 2014. The team establishes school libraries and provides teacher training in the use of the libraries as well as in academic areas such as; language arts, math, use of dictionaries, creative writing, etc. For more information, contact Amy Zent, amyzent@yahoo.com. Contributions of children's books and monetary gifts also are needed.

Mission Guatemala Feeding Center needs sponsors

Ongoing
Location Category: International
Location: Guatemala
Country: Guatemala

In early May 2011, Mission Guatemala, an Indiana Conference-based mission, began a feeding program which has been a tremendous success. Each day, MG feeds nearly 100 children in the village of Nueva Esperanza. These children are from very poor families and many were relying on just tortillas, salt and beans for food each day.

Since the program began nearly three months ago, the children have grown significantly. Additionally, the principal of the school told MG that they are learning more and doing much better in school. In order to help underwrite the cost of feeding these children each day, GM is contacting friends and asking them to consider sponsoring a student in the program for $28 a month. In addition to a lunch five-days-a-week, this also will provide each child with a daily vitamin tablet, school supplies and medical and dental services.

MG's goal is to have at least 30 children sponsored in the next 30 days!

Visit the MG website for more information.

Resources to raise awareness of human trafficking

Ongoing
Country: USA

NEW YORK (UMNS) -- United Methodist Women has taken on the fight against human trafficking as part of its mission. The group offers resources for United Methodists to use in addressing labor bondage and sexual exploitation. Read resources.

The UMCOR Sager Brown depot needs volunteers year-round

Work Team
Location Category: National
Location: Sager Brown
Country: USA
Ends: 12/15/2014

Volunteer Coordinator, P.O. Box 850, Baldwin, LA 70514, 337-923-6238 or 800-334-4221, F: 337-923-4849. Year-round work in depot assembling, verifying, packing various kits; campus maintenance such as landscaping, painting; working in the community doing home repairs and tutoring. Meals are provided on campus. Live in dorms with showers. Own transportation needed.

Habitat-United Methodist partner to build 2014 home in Lawrence

Work Team
Location Category: Local
Country: USA
Ends: 10/1/2014

Habitat for Humanity has set up a designated website to help Indianapolis Area United Methodist congregations participate in the 2014 Habitat build. The website includes a countdown to $75,000 that will be raised for our build in Lawrence. United Methodists have the opportunity for individuals to pledge to raise their selected amount. The Greater Indy Habitat is looking forward to another wonderful year of partnership, and we hope you will join us in the work. For more information or being involved, contact Ted Mosey -- tmosey@indyhabitat.org. -- Link to UMC website to build the UMC Home.

Teams needed to fit eye glasses for Indian Reservations in South Dakota

Ongoing
Location Category: National
Country: USA

The Tree of Life Ministry program located in Mission, SD, and serving the people of the Rosebud and Lower Brule Reservations is looking for a team to come and fit eye glasses. If you do this or know of someone that does, please contact Donna Masartis (treeoflife@gwtc.net), 605-856-4266. This was done by a team a few years back and the Native Americans are asking if it can be done again.

Central Illinois needs help cleaning up after November tornados

Work Team
Location Category: National
Country: USA
Ends: 12/31/2014

WASHINGTON, Ill. (Ill. Great Rivers Conference) -- The Rev. Tom Goodell at Crossroads UMC in Washington, Ill., reports homeowners seek cleanup assistance in Washington throughout April and May. Help is being requested for light clean up duty, moving of furniture and boxes and some landscaping. Teams are needed for weekdays and Saturdays. Washington Crossroads UMC is available to coordinate teams for a single day of work and to accommodate overnight teams. Please consider scheduling your church youth, young adults, adult church school classes and other groups for a Saturday or weekday volunteer opportunity. To schedule a team, call Rev. Tom Goodell at 309-444-2381. This is for short-term teams and is in addition to the current listing on the USA Project List.

BROOKPORT/UNIONVILLE, Ill. (Ill. Great Rivers Conference) -- To register and schedule a team, call Metropolis First UMC at 618-524-9325 or email Jeff Bealmear. The Long-term Recovery Committee is ready to resume clean up and to begin the rebuilding process. A construction manager is designated and volunteer teams are being coordinated through the First UMC of Metropolis. Brookport is in need of skilled repair volunteers and construction workers. Adult, College, and Youth Mission Teams will be housed at Broadway UMC in Paducah, Ky., or Mt. Sterling Church in Unionville. Showers, kitchen, laundry and sleeping areas are available.

Mission Guatemala distributing planning guides online for 2014

Work Team
Location Category: International
Country: Guatemala
Starts: 1/1/2014 Ends: 12/31/2014

Tom Heaton, Mission Guatemala is distributing their 2014 Mission Planning Guide for teams looking for 2014 project sites.

Itinerating missionaries seeking places to speak in Indiana

Mission Relationships/Evangelism
Location Category: Local
Country: USA
Starts: 2/17/2014 Ends: 5/26/2014

There will be several missionaries and mission interns (young adult missionaries) itinerating in Indiana during February, March, April and May. The Indiana Mission Team is searching for church groups and congregations to host these missionaries. Sundays are limited so please consider having a church group host (Bible study, Sunday school, Missions, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men or interested individuals, etc.). Those missionaries included are:

  • Christian Zigbuo, mission intern serving in Kamina, DRC will be available February 14-25.
  • Janet Lahr Lewis, missionary serving in Palestine will be available April 13-18
  • Rebecca Dean, mission intern from Indiana serving in Ecuador will be available February 17-19 and March 2, 3, and 6.
  • Connie Lynn Di Leo, missionary in Dominican Republic will be in the area March 29-May 26 with specific dates for Indiana coming soon.

For more information or if you would like to reserve a time, email Rita at gaitrgantm@aol.com.

UMW will show the world how faith, hope and love in action can bring about change

Mission Relationships/Evangelism
Location Category: National
Location: Kentucky International Convention Center
Country: USA
Starts: 4/25/2014 Ends: 4/27/2014
  • This global assembly of United Methodist Women will be held April 25-27, 2014.
  • Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.
  • For more information and video, click here.

Fletcher Place Community Center to hold fund raising event at UIndy, April 27

Mission Relationships/Evangelism
Location Category: Local
Location: UIndy
Country: USA
Starts: 4/27/2014 Ends: 4/27/2014

INDIANAPOLIS (Metro Ministries) -- The Culinary Collage "Take a Bite out of Poverty" will take place at UINDY on Sunday, April 27 from 1-4 p.m. Children 12 and younger are free, tickets at the door are $15 or bring a minimum $10 Kroger Gift Card for entrance. RSVP by calling 317-636-3466 ext 6. The event includes a silent auction, raffle and door prize, including items such as a 50" flat screen TV, ISO tickets, a night at the new City Way hotel The Alexander and much, much more. In addition over a dozen locally owned restaurants will offer free samples of their food and Starbucks will provide free drinks; a Live Silly Safaris Animal Show will entertain the kid in all of us and a variety of Chef demonstrations will round out the afternoon. Last year 100 percent of proceeds went directly to United Methodist-related Fletcher Place programs.

Fondwa, Haiti Volunteers In Mission trip for college age and young professionals

Work Team
Location Category: International
Location: Fondwa, Haiti
Country: Haiti
Starts: 5/13/2014 Ends: 5/20/2014

May 13-20 Trip leaders are Alex Moon and Avery Hollenback, Cost is $700 + air fare

St. Luke's UMC in Indianapolis is offering a trip for college and young professionals to experience a week of service and culture in Fondwa, Haiti. Fondwa is a rural, mountainous community, 2 hours south of Port au Prince. This trip is being led by Avery Hollenback and Alex Moon who lived in Fondwa last summer. While on the trip, the team will paint a house, play with children at the Fatima Orphanage, experience a day of site seeing in Jacmel (a beach town on the southern coast) and visit Haitian homes. The trip will also include meeting other Haitian college students and young professionals. For more information, contact Pastor Jamalyn Peigh Williamson at williamsonj@stlukesumc.com.

Tanzania

Work Team
Location Category: International
Country: Tanzania
Starts: 5/16/2014 Ends: 6/6/2014

TANZANIA, Ilula Orphan Program -- May 16-June 6, 2014. Led by John Windell, Ind. -- Several buildings will be under construction including the United Methodist Church and the library. IOP has opportunities for health-related missions, such as nurses, medical doctors, dentists, optometrists, HIV Aids counselors and more. Doctors and dentists will coordinate medical practice with the Ilula Hospital. Nurses will be invited to assist the IOP Nursing Staff and teach basic health care classes. Counselors will be invited to assist the IOP HIV Aids counselors. Pastors will be given an opportunity to teach during the Pastors Retreat and Seminar. There also will be opportunities to work with computers, assist in the storage building, help sort contributed items, repair treadle style sewing machines, repair bicycles, or assist with tractor and farm equipment maintenance and repairs. Berit will have a list of needs that we will attempt to complete. We will tour schools, visit foster families, visit a developing world market, visit for a day with a Masai Tribe including worship and a meal, overnight in a National Park, and more. Please contact John Windell (windelljohn@yahoo.com), 812-499-3849 or 812-536-2332. Flyer available.

CHANGE THE WORLD weekend coming May 17-18

Mission Relationships/Evangelism
Location Category: National
Starts: 5/17/2014 Ends: 5/18/2014

Thousands of hands will join together in service during Change the World weekend May 17-18. This year United Methodist Communications want you to raise your hands to help work together to create better neighborhoods, communities and a better world. When we do events around basic needs, creation care, education, humanitarian relief, and malaria, we help our neighbors find hope. Visit www.umcom.org/changetheworld. As a thank you for your participation, United Methodist Communications will help your congregation publicize its Change the World event locally. When you register your event, while supplies last, you will receive a free Change the World marketing kit. As a bonus, the first registrants may qualify to receive free customized postcards mailed to homes in your area. Finally, we plan to offer location-based digital advertising, too. Email us with questions at changetheworld@umcom.org .

For more information, call RETHINK CHURCH at 877-281-6535.

Volunteers In Mission training to be held one day before Annual Conference Session, May 28

Training/Education
Location Category: Local
Location: Indiana Convention Center
Country: USA
Starts: 5/28/2014 Ends: 5/28/2014

The training provided Wednesday, May 28, at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis will introduce volunteers to the premise of service in The United Methodist Church; opportunities for individuals or teams, young and mature; identification of programs that match your passion, along with tips for planning a meaningful experience for yourself and others. Registration fee is $15 per person. Optional manual is $25 each (minimum one per church; will be needed for class). Registration deadline is May 14. For more information and registration, visit www.inumc.org/VIMAC14.

Connecting Neighbors workshop to be held one day before Annual Conference Session, May 28

Training/Education
Location Category: Local
Location: Indiana Convention Center
Country: USA
Starts: 5/28/2014 Ends: 5/28/2014

As we strive to make disciples for Jesus Christ, we need to know how we will respond and take care of our family, our church and our community, especially during a disaster. Join Indiana Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Jim Byerly for an afternoon of learning and sharing information Wednesday, May 28 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. EDT at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Registration is $15 per person. Optional Manual cost $20 -- Minimum one per church; will be referred to in class. Registration deadline is May 14. For additional information contact Rev. Jim Byerly at jim.byerly@inumc.org or call 812-756-2122. For more information and registration, visit www.inumc.org/ConnectingNeighborsAC14.

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