Have you always been interested in joining a mission team but don’t know what to do or how to do it? Mission journeys are travels that transform our lives through blessings, dreams and visions of strangers who over time become friends, through beautiful moments and bumpy roads as we answer a call to serve in new places. Do you have a yearning to discover, to experience deep reflections and exhaustion for the hope of being a part the mission story. Educators, medical folks, electricians, handy people, construction workers, pastors, all sorts of folks are needed to build relationships, share the Gospel, and help leave the world better than you found it for the sake of Christ. Remember God does not call the qualified, God qualifies the called. Your skills, prayers, witness, personality, and gifts are an answer to someone's prayers.
Here is a list of places where the East Ohio Conference of the UMC is involved. Contact the person about the place that grabs your heart and curiosity and see what worlds will open up for you! If you have a general question about anything on these pages, please contact Kathy Dickriede.
Go ahead, say a prayer for courage, be brave, take a risk and contact someone today!
Haiti | North Coast of Haiti | September 7-15
Team Leader: Tom Sperl E-mail
The team will be working in schools at Dondon, Latannerie and Tovar.
Liberia | Farmer to Farmer | Sep. 10-24, 2019
Team Leaders: Karen & Don Upson E_mail | Cost: $3100
Liberia | Farmer to Farmer | Nov. 8-22, 2019
Team Leader: Pryde Bass E-mail | Cost: $3100
Illinois | Midwest Mission Distribution Center | Dec. 9-14, 2019
Team Leader: Rev. Stanley Wertz (419) 589-5890 | Cost: approx. $300
Work for all ages and abilities, from sewing projects, preparing mailings, packing cleaning buckets or hygiene kits, sewing machine repair to building student desks for mission schools abroad. More Info
Mexico | Manos Juntas Mission, Rio Bravo | Dec. 26, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020
Team Leaders: Tammy Kuntz E-mail & Carragan Deeks E-mail | Cost: Approx. $400 + Airfare
We will build a casita (a little house) or classroom. There will be an opportunity to visit the House of Hope, a children's home in a neighboring community. Other tasks as needed by the mission and the community.
Manos Juntas flyer
Discover...Mission: Peru | Dec. 30, 2019 - Jan. 10, 2020
Team Leaders: Jody Pratt E-mail & Lynnette Jordan E-mail | Cost: $1100 + Transportation
Develop leadership skills partnering with Peruvian young adults; light construction at Miramar and Ica Peru. Cost includes lodging, meals, and in-country transportation. Transportation costs to Peru are being determined. See information on application. The team will stay at Miraflores Church in Lima. Application for Scholarship
Liberia | Ganta Medical Trip | Late Dec. to Early Jan. for 10 days
Team Leader: Sophie Hockran E-mail | Cost: $3000
Medical team to Ganta Hospital, looking for surgical team members.
Guatemala | Jan. 18-25, 2020
Team Leader: Betsy Forbes E-mail | Cost: $1,500-$1,800
Working in orphanages supported by Orphan Resources International, exact project not yet determined. Informational meeting on June 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Chardon UMC.
Liberia | Farmer to Farmer | Jan. 2020
Team Leader: Dr. Linda Crowell E-mail | Cost: $3000
Puerto Rico | Jan. 14-21, 2020
Team Leader: Brett Bartels E-mail | Cost: $1500
Canal District UMVIM Team for long term recovery in partnership with REHACE and the United Methodist Church of Puerto Rico.
Camphor Mission | Late Jan. or Early Feb. 2020
Team Leader: Ginny Logan E-mail | Cost: $3000
Education and teacher training focus.
Puerto Rico | Feb. 6-13, 2020
Team Leader: Tom King E-mail | Cost: $1500
Team of 8-10 members will be working under the direction of ReHace, Inc. of the UMC of Puerto Rico to repair houses damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017. We will be hosted and housed by a Methodist Church or Retreat Center.
Peru | July 6-17, 2020
Team Leader: Carmen Kluth and Kathy Dickriede E-mail | Cost: $2300
Serving in the Cusco region, where Machu Picchu and other wonderful Incan sites are located. Medical focus, specifically nursing, psychology, ophthalmology, OBGYN & pediatrics services.
Uganda | Rock Foundation School of Masindi | Summer 2020
Team Leader: David Weir E-mail | Cost: $3000
Estonia | Camp Gideon | July 2020
Team Leader: Rev. Kathryn Adams E-mail | Cost: $2500
Liberia | Camphor Mission | Early July 2020 for 10 days
Team Leader: Jason Hockran E-mail | Cost: $3000
Andover UMC Youth/Young Adults are planning an UMVIM journey to Camphor Mission Station.
Ukraine | July 7-18, 2020
Team Leader: Vernon Palo E-mail | Cost: $2500
Illinois | Midwest Mission Distribution Center | Sep. 20-26, 2020
Team Leader: Sandy Bittner E-mail | Cost: $350
Upcoming UMVIM Journeys yet to be scheduled:
Cambodia | Kay Martin E-mail
Cuba | Allan Bevere E-mail
Philippines | Armando Arellano E-mail
Sierra Leone | Jared Priset E-mail or Constance M. Clark E-mail
Zimbabwe, Africa University | Laura Jaissle E-mail
Emsizini School | John Parker E_mail
ZOE | Tom Koop E-mail
We are always ready to help UMVIM teams meet long term recovery needs!
The needs are many right here in Ohio this year. Please connect with Kathy Dickriede or Mike Williams to learn more about Early Response Teams and UMVIM Long-term Recovery teams for tornados and flood damage.
To connect with Puerto Rico for ongoing recovery needs, contact Puerto Rico Vols E-mail.
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