The 3Cs Mission of churches, clinics and classrooms has broadened its scope to include partnerships all over the world in hopes of deepening our relationships in all areas and locations of mission. We desire for all to come to an understanding of mission that encourages humility, discovery, grace, empowerment, and hope in the midst of our life together.
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) is a grassroots movement within The United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel so that people may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term journeys.
Their work includes relationship building, construction and renewing of mission facilities, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical clinics, conducting Bible study or Bible School for children, and serving in disaster relief efforts around the world.
The UMVIM network offers guidance, organization, and training volunteers serving with the poor; building churches; and assisting in disaster response, community health, and leadership training each year. Through UMVIM, you can serve with a team (typically 10-16 persons) or as an individual.
UMVIM team leaders are trained in best practices of leading mission teams to local, national and international mission experiences with churches, clinics, and classrooms (3Cs Mission). People from local churches are traveling all the time to be the hands feet and heart of Jesus around the world. This is where and when we renew congregations by being out in the world living as disciples of Jesus and making disciples for Jesus Christ. This is where UMVIM can engage with the poor, help to improve global health and develop leaders for the transformation of the world. UMVIM teams are sent out to build relationships with a host country or community. Relationships are formed, lives are changed and 3Cs Mission Partnerships are born.
Once someone has traveled to a mission setting and relationships are formed the possibility for advocacy and development begins. As 3Cs UMVIM Mission Partnerships are created we strive to work under a new mission approach. Instead of simply responding to mission as needs-based, short-term relief, the new vision of partnership embraces asset-based, long-term development. 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.
In order to receive funding for 3Cs UMVIM Partnerships you must be in relationships through the connectional ministries with GBGM, UMC, or affiliated organizations in host countries.
Eastbrook Mission Barn, Pennsylvania
MidWest Distribution Center, Illinois, Contact: Sandy Bittner email@example.com
S.O.W.E.R. Henderson Settlement, Kentucky
McCurdy Ministries, New Mexico
Youth Mission Trips, Contact: Kathy Dickriede firstname.lastname@example.org
Here you can find contacts of people in East Ohio who can help you connect to specific countries and ministries.
Camphor Mission Station, Contact: Jason Hockran email@example.com
Ganta, Contact: Jim Szakacs firstname.lastname@example.org
Farmer to Farmer, Contact: Pryde Bass email@example.com or Ray Ake firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Constance Clark email@example.com
Africa University, Contact: Bruce Hitchcock firstname.lastname@example.org
Emsizini, Contact: Russ Ham email@example.com or John Parker firstname.lastname@example.org
Precious Life Foundation, Contact: Bruce Hitchcock email@example.com
ZOE Ministry, Contact: Tom Koop firstname.lastname@example.org
A group of churches in East Ohio have joined together to fund Working Groups (each Working Group is composed of 60-100 orphans) through ZOE in Zimbabwe. Partner Churches in East Ohio: Willoughby Hills UMC, Akron Park UMC, Wildare UMC, Church of the Savior Cleveland Heights, North Mentor Centenary UMC, Ashland First UMC, Willoughby UMC Jefferson UMC
ASIA AND PACIFIC
EUROPE AND EURASIA
Russia, Contact: Bob Myers email@example.com
LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Cuba, Contact: Allan Bevere firstname.lastname@example.org
Haiti, Contact: Bill Benish email@example.com or Suzanne Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamaica, Contact: Steve Partridge email@example.com
Mexico, Contact: Tammy Kuntz firstname.lastname@example.org or Carragan Deeks email@example.com
Rev. Kathy Dickriede
UMVIM Coordinator and Partner in Mission
The East Ohio Conference Office:
located in North Canton, OH.
near the Akron-Canton airport.
8800 Cleveland Ave. NW ·
North Canton, OH 44720
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