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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.

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)

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.

Indiana Conference Mission Giving and Resource Guide now online

Mission Relationships/Evangelism
Location Category: Local
Ends: 12/31/2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Conference Mission and Social Advocacy Team has published a Mission Giving Guide and Resource Book now available online as a downloadable PDF document. See how conference dollars are allocated to Conference Advance Ministries. Check out the various mission and social advocacy ministries available to you and your congregation. Click here for your copy.

Peace with Justice Grants available through the Indiana Conference Missions

Mission Relationships/Evangelism
Location Category: Ongoing
Country: USA
Ends: 9/1/2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Peace with Justice Grant is funded by offerings of local churches to the Special Sunday offerings for Peace with Justice (PwJ) Sunday. The proposed program or project must be relevant to changing systemic issues of injustice. The PwJ Grant is not intended for charity ministries, but for ministries that seek to change or address the root problems. To apply for the Peace with Justice grant, the applicant must be a United Methodist local church, district, or other affiliated organization, or an ecumenical group or organization working with and through at least one United Methodist agency, organization or church. Applications are available online now and must be received for consideration no later than September 1, 2014. Applications and information can be found here. Please direct all questions to Allison Curts, associate director Mission and Social Advocacy at allison.curts@inumc.org or call 317-924-1321.

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.

Daviess County ready to receive Disaster Recovery volunteers

Disaster Response
Location Category: Local
Location: Daviss County
Country: USA
Ends: 12/31/2015

Daviess County ready to receive Disaster Recovery volunteers

WASHINGTON, Ind. -- The Daviess County (Indiana) Long-term Disaster Committee has been hard at work preparing to host Volunteers In Mission groups. Online at www.inumc.org/vim, there are three documents that include contact, housing/meal/cost options, area hotels/motels for volunteers.

Sherry Davis, the case manager, also will be serving as Volunteer Coordinator for the time being. At this time, volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Sherry Davis will provide volunteers with forms and any further instruction regarding job site availability for youth. Certainly, care must be taken; safety is always a concern.

Thank you for willingness to lead or organize a group. Please share this information with others that might be interested reminding them to contact Sherry Davis at DCOAD.case.manager@hotmail.com for appropriate dates to be there. We don't want to waste anyone's time by not having enough work or materials ready for their arrival.

Africa University Campaign speakers available to local churches

Training/Education
Location Category: Local
Location: Your church
Country: USA

Would you like to have a speaker come to your church to tell about Africa University and the Indiana Campaign? If so, please contact Ruth Ellen Stone at ruthellen1@juno.com or 317-839-8837. For more information, please click here.

Kokomo, Washington, ready for volunteers

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

Both Kokomo and Washington, Ind. are now ready for United Methodist Volunteers In Mission to work on homes as residents recover from November tornadoes. For more information, contact Beth McDaniel, Indiana Conference VIM Coordinator, at vim@inumc.org.

Daviess County ready to receive Disaster Recovery volunteers

WASHINGTON, Ind. -- The Daviess County (Indiana) Long-term Disaster Committee has been hard at work preparing to host Volunteers In Mission groups. Online at www.inumc.org/vim, there are three documents that include contact, housing/meal/cost options, area hotels/motels for volunteers.

Sherry Davis, the case manager, also will be serving as Volunteer Coordinator for the time being. At this time, volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Sherry Davis will provide volunteers with forms and any further instruction regarding job site availability for youth. Certainly, care must be taken; safety is always a concern.

Thank you for willingness to lead or organize a group. Please share this information with others that might be interested reminding them to contact Sherry Davis at DCOAD.case.manager@hotmail.com for appropriate dates to be there. We don't want to waste anyone's time by not having enough work or materials ready for their arrival.

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.

Tanzania Mission 2015

Work Team
Location Category: International
Location: Ilula, Tanzania
Country: Tanzania
Starts: 12/29/2013 Ends: 1/18/2015

The 2015 Ilula Orphan Program volunteer-in-mission trip to Ilula, Tanzania will be Dec. 29-Jan. 18, 2015. An extra week or week(s) option is available for those who want to remain on the mission field longer or just to experience more of beautiful Tanzania.

Regardless of skill level, everyone will have an opportunity to work on the mission field. IOP has opportunities for health related missions, i.e., nurses, medical doctors, dentists, optometrists, HIV Aids counselors and more. Pastors will be given an opportunity to teach during the Pastors Retreat and Seminar. We will be given opportunities to work in construction, with computers, assist in the storage building, help sort contributed items, repair equipment, repair bicycles, or assist with tractor and farm equipment maintenance and repairs.

The estimated cost which does not include passport and immunizations is $3,400. We will negotiate costs for the extra week(s). Interested persons are encouraged to register as soon as possible. $2,000 is needed immediately for flight reservations, insurance costs, and basic fees. The remainder of the money is due Nov. 24. Please make checks payable to “Emerging Mission Ministries, Inc.” and note or memo Tanzania 2015 and send to: Emerging Mission Ministries, Inc., First UMC, P.O. Box 116, Fort Branch, IN 47648 or Emerging Mission Ministries, Inc., P.O. Box 44, Stendal IN 47585.

If you are interested in participating on this VIM trip or need additional information please contact windelljohn@yahoo.com or john.windell@inumc.org at your earliest convenience or phone 812-499-3849 or 812-536-2332.

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.

Galena, Alaska seeks assistance in disaster relief building

Work Team
Location Category: National
Country: USA
Starts: 6/1/2014 Ends: 9/1/2014

The Pacific Northwest UMVIM Disaster Response met with representatives from FEMA and the State of Alaska on Nov. 11 to discuss plans for the continued recovery in Galena, AK.

The bottom line is FEMA is going to offer UMVIM invitational travel again next spring to complete the recovery work begun in August 2013. As of this meeting, the task will be to assemble approximately 9 kit houses and repair approximately 20 houses (approximately because the numbers seem to change frequently). Samaritan's Purse will assume responsibility for the non-FEMA authorized builds and repairs. Work will begin June 1, 2014, weather dependent, and FEMA and the State are targeting a completion date of Sept. 1, 2014. The next couple of months will be spent making detailed plans for work sequencing, project management, supplies procurement, transportation, communication and recruiting volunteers. This response will demand skilled volunteers with experience in building and repairing homes. We will not be able to accommodate those who do not have these skills.

The volunteers will receive round trip airfare to Fairbanks, AK, a charter flight to and from Galena, AK, and housing and food in Galena as part of the invitational travel. All tools, equipment and supplies will be provided by FEMA or the State of Alaska.

The 82 volunteers that made the trip to Galena this summer accomplished a tremendous amount of work under difficult circumstances. Our goal is to make next summer's accomplishments even greater with less stress and better organization.

Jim Truitt, UMVIM Disaster Response Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Conference will be the coordinator again next year. If you have questions, contact Jim Truitt at 253-630-1268 (h), 253-797-1680 (c). A summary of the FEMA conversation is available here.

Hagerstown church to host VIM Training

Training/Education
Location Category: Local
Location: Hagerstown United Methodist Church
Country: USA
Starts: 8/2/2014 Ends: 8/2/2014

HAGERSTOWN, Ind. -- The next Volunteers In Mission Training will be held at the Hagerstown United Methodist Church, 199 South Perry Street in Hagerstown. The VIM Training is intended for all those volunteers interested in learning more about the United Methodist connectional system, volunteer resources, team leader responsibilities, cultural awareness and project selection. Local, conference wide, U.S. and International mission opportunities will be discussed. The cost is $15 per participant with optional manual with $25 each additional cost. Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 23. Registration check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. EDT with the class from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m., including a working lunch. The training is open to all and will be presented by Beth Stickles-McDaniel, INUMC VIM Coordinator. If you have questions about this training or mission opportunities, contact Stickles-McDaniel at vim@inumc.org or 317-705-1870. Register here.

"Blessed are the peacemakers." Matthew 5:9

Mission Relationships/Evangelism
Location Category: National
Country: USA
Starts: 8/7/2014 Ends: 8/8/2014

Join United Methodist and Palestinian Christian leaders on Thursday and Friday, August 7-8, for Walking with Palestinian Christians... for holy justice and peace, co-sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and Ginghamsburg Church. Through prayer, fellowship and study, we as United Methodists in partnership with Palestinian Christians will seek to put God's call to love all our neighbors into action for justice and peace. BrochureRegistration

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