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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.

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.

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.

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 317-839-8873. For more information, please click here.

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.

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

August RoundUP in Indiana to include Rx Connexion

Training/Education
Location Category: Local
Country: USA
Starts: 8/8/2014 Ends: 8/10/2014

NORTH WEBSTER, Ind. -- The United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) North Central Jurisdictional RoundUP this year is packed with good speakers, workshops and times for fellowship. The theme is "Achieving our Mission: Barriers vs Opportunities." One of the many highlights is the addition of Rev. Denise Honeycutt, Deputy General Secretary of UMCOR, who will bring us the plenary on Saturday evening. Her husband will also join us as he has just joined the General Board of Global Ministries in the capacity of director of Care of Creation ministries. Una Jones, Assistant General Secretary of Mission Volunteers, GBGM will headline the Friday evening Plenary. This event is for veterans and newbies to the UMVIM movement. We have workshops and speakers centering on medical missions teams and sustainable healthy community models, mobile VBS missions, Disaster Response ministries (UMCOR), justice ministries, missionaries and their needs for UMVIM teams and team leader training. The links to various information pieces for the RoundUP are:

All this happens Aug 8-10, 2014 at Epworth Camp and Retreat Center, North Webster, Ind.

Youth & Kids Mission Connect

Mission Relationships/Evangelism
Location Category: Local
Country: USA
Starts: 8/14/2014 Ends: 11/13/2014

Join your Indiana Conference Mission Team for an informal time of connection and story sharing across Indiana between Aug. 14 through Nov. 13. We will be discussing youth and children's mission experiences, as well as ideas and upcoming opportunities and ways to get youth involved in mission. Each gathering will start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. We hope that offering it at this time will make it possible for leaders to bring youth and children with them. See specific times and locations online here. Click here to RSVP.

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