United Methodist Committee on Relief Trainer, Penny Krug of South Bend, will be holding special Volunteer in Mission local team leader training in Indiana, Saturdays, March 20 and April 10, to prepare Volunteers in Mission leaders, especially in light of the Haiti relief efforts following the earthquake in January.

The events will be held Saturday, March 20 at First UMC at 219 East Fourth Street (downtown) in Bloomington, Ind. and Saturday, April 10 at New Life UMC at 3039 W 400 N (on US 30) near Mexico, Ind. Both sessions are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET). Krug will be the trainer for both sessions.

Leaders and/or participants of work teams and youth leaders are encouraged to attend.

The cost is $15 person which includes lunch and basic materials plus $25 for VIM Training Manual (only one needed per church).

Topics include: How to plan a mission trip, where to go when your church wants to send a team, spiritual enrichment, being a team member, cultural sensitivity, insurance and liability forms regardless of where you go, issues of risk, and answers to questions.

To register, contact Bonnie Albert at bonkay@hotmail.com or call 219-464-1447.

Thanks for your willingness to share with people in your congregation, who are thinking about serving through organizing a mission team. – Bonnie Albert, Indiana Conference UMVIM Coordinator