UNITED METHODIST VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION (UMVIM)
The 3Cs Mission of churches, clinics and classrooms has a broader scope, including partnerships around the world to deepen our relationships in all areas and locations of mission. In the midst of our life together, we desire that all will come to an understanding of mission that encourages humility, discovery, grace, empowerment, and hope.
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) is a grassroots movement within The United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel for people to offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term journeys.
The work of teams includes building relationships, constructing and refurbishing mission facilities, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical clinics, adult Bible study, or children’s vacation Bible school (VBS), and serving in disaster relief efforts around the world.
The UMVIM network offers guidance, organization, and training for serving with the poor, building churches, and assisting in disaster response, community health, and leadership training. You may serve as an individual or be part of a team of 10-16 people.
When you are part of an UMVIM team, you participate in each of the Four Areas of Focus of The United Methodist Church: you develop principled leaders, engage in ministry with the poor, improve global health, and create new and renewed faith communities. Living as a disciple, being the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus Christ in this way, makes new disciples and transforms the world.
EOC Fund 9936 provide financial resources that assist in creating empowering relationships between teams and host communities.
Team leaders receive training in the best practices of leading mission teams to local, national and international sites.
The new approach to mission partnerships emphasizes forming relationships in the communities in which we work together. Instead of simply responding to mission as needs-based, short-term relief, the new vision of partnership embraces asset-based, long-term development and advocacy. Partners commit to one another through an understanding that we all bring gifts and strengths to solutions, and that needs and solutions must nurture capacity building, empowerment, ownership, and development.
To receive funding for UMVIM mission partnerships, you must be in relationships through the connectional ministries with The United Methodist Church, Global Ministries, or affiliated organizations in host countries. Learn more about our denomination’s In Mission Together 50/50 Partnership.
Blue Rose Mission, Mansfield
Canton Calvary Mission, Canton
The Nehemiah Mission, Cleveland
Opportunity for People Everywhere in Need Ministry (OPEN M), Akron
Epworth Center Work Mission, Bethesda
United Methodist Community Center, Youngstown and Warren
Urban Mission, Steubenville
West Side Community House, Cleveland
Eastbrook Mission Barn, Pennsylvania
Midwest Mission Distribution Center, Illinois, Contact: Sandy Bittner firstname.lastname@example.org
McCurdy Ministries, New Mexico
S.O.W.E.R. Henderson Settlement, Kentucky
NCJ UMVIM, North Central Jurisdiction
Youth Mission Trips, Contact: Kathy Dickriede email@example.com
Camphor Mission Station, Contact: Jason Hockran firstname.lastname@example.org
Ganta, Contact: Jim Szakacs email@example.com
Farmer to Farmer, Contact: Pryde Bass firstname.lastname@example.org or Ray Ake email@example.com
Manjama Health Center, Contact: Constance Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
Africa University, Contact: Laura Jaissle email@example.com
Emsizini, Contact: Russ Ham firstname.lastname@example.org or John Parker email@example.com
Precious Life Foundation, Contact: Bruce Hitchcock firstname.lastname@example.org
ZOE Ministry, Contact: Tom Koop email@example.com
Russia/Ukraine Contact: Kathryn Adams firstname.lastname@example.org
Cuba, Contact: Allan Bevere email@example.com
Haiti, Contact: Bill Benish firstname.lastname@example.org or Suzanne Lewis email@example.com
Guatemala, Contact: Perry Hershberger firstname.lastname@example.org
Mexico, Contact: Tammy Kuntz email@example.com or Carragan Deeks firstname.lastname@example.org
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