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Long-term recovery plans are now in place for Washington, Brookport/Unionville and Gifford, which were among the communities hit Nov. 17, when two dozen tornadoes crossed the state of Illinois. Volunteer teams are now being sought for the early spring 2014 season with projects for volunteers. Here's the contact information for each site:
Hope Swings in Washington, Ill., is a cooperative mission project organized by Crossroads United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church in Peoria and Washington Evangelical United Methodist Church. We are working with the city of Washington and the public and private schools and preschools to identify the families that would be interested in receiving a Hope Swings swing set. We realize that recovery in Washington will be a process that will take years and have designed this project with the future in mind. Use this site to find out how you can receive a swing set, bring a team, intern, volunteer, or donate to this project. To learn more and fill out an application, visit this website.
Please contact Julie Rolffs, Peoria First UMC, 309-369-1093 if you need further information.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions of children's books and monetary gifts also are needed.
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.
Bunny Wolfe, Illinois Great Rivers Director of Missions and Outreach, and the Rev Tom Goodell, Crossroads UMC in Washington, Ill. (recovering from the Nov. 17 tornado disaster), announce the following plan for long-term recovery UMVIM teams this spring and summer in Washington, Ill. Peoria First, Washington Crossroads and Washington Evangelical UMCs are working together to host United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) teams. The main work focus in Washington will be items not covered by insurance rebuilds such as reconstructing fences, landscaping and replacing some playground equipment for children. They will be ready for teams by spring breaks; perhaps by late February or early March.
COLLEGE, YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT TEAM REGISTRATION
Teams will be housed either at Crossroads or Evangelical UMC in Washington and Peoria First UMC.
To register and schedule a team, contact Trevor Bartolomucci by phone at 309-444-2381 at Crossroads UMC.
ADULT TEAM REGISTRATION
At this time, adult teams are encouraged to register teams with the volunteer center at Bethany Community Church in Washington, Ill., by calling 309-573-2670 or send a message by email. If adult teams can't be registered through Bethany Community Church, they may also contact Trevor at Crossroads. If you or your church has a team to go to Washington, remember to file a report to Beth McDaniel, Indiana Conference VIM coordinator at email@example.com.
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)
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
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:
For more information or if you would like to reserve a time, email Rita at email@example.com.
March 1-17, 2014 -- Rev. Kathy Dickriede, director of the East Ohio 3 C's for Liberia announces two new mission opportunities for early 2014. These are open to anyone and the teams will work on the Camphor Mission Station with the folks in agriculture, the school, the clinic and at James A Garfield UMC. Contact Kathy Dickriede (firstname.lastname@example.org), 330-468-2517 for more information.
Volunteers In Mission serve in many capacities locally, nationally and internationally. Take this opportunity to learn more about the many aspects of United Methodist's call to mission, what makes our denomination's program different from others and expectations for those working with others on behalf of the United Methodist Church. Share experiences, gain access to resources for areas that will fulfill your passions. Interested in leading a team, participating on a team or serving as an individual this is information that you will need.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief's Train the ERT Trainer will be offered in Indianapolis at Castleton UMC, 7160 Shadeland Station Way in Indianapolis, on the northeast side of Indianapolis March 21- 22. If you have experience as an Early Response Team (ERT), you may qualify to become a Trainer for ERT. If you are interested, please contact email@example.com or call Jim at 812-756-2122. We will begin at noon Friday and end by 7 p.m. and begin again on Saturday at 8 a.m. and end by 5:30 p.m. A laptop computer and USB memory stick will be needed for the class. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ The Rev. Jim Byerly, Disaster Response Coordinator for the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of Early Response Training is to prepare people to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster. ERT's are Volunteers In Mission who have been trained by UMCOR trainers and are required to deploy as part of an ERT at least once during their three year, UMCOR-certified period to qualify for recertification.
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 (email@example.com), 812-499-3849 or 812-536-2332. Flyer available.
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).Â A summary of the FEMA conversation is available here.