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 email@example.com
McCurdy Ministries, New Mexico
S.O.W.E.R. Henderson Settlement, Kentucky
NCJ UMVIM, North Central Jurisdiction
Youth Mission Trips, Contact: Kathy Dickriede firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Manjama Health Center, 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
Russia/Ukraine Contact: Kathryn Adams email@example.com
Cuba, Contact: Allan Bevere firstname.lastname@example.org
Haiti, Contact: Bill Benish email@example.com or Suzanne Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org
Guatemala, Contact: Perry Hershberger email@example.com
Mexico, Contact: Tammy Kuntz firstname.lastname@example.org or Carragan Deeks email@example.com
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