Mission Volunteers and the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries strongly urge that no United Methodist Volunteer-in-Mission (UMVIM) group or individual, regardless of the type of volunteer work they do, engage in any domestic or international mission volunteer work without securing accident and medical insurance coverage. Effective now, January 2014, all UMVIM group or individual insurance of the North Central Jurisdiction, including the Indiana Conference, will be handled through the UMVIM-NCJ by Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company Insurance Policy (called Passport To Ministry) for both international and domestic UMVIM teams. UMVIM-NCJ has negotiated a contract with Brotherhood Mutual for a much reduced price from their regular rates due to volume of teams the jurisdiction has had in the past. It covers foreign liability. For more information and forms to receive coverage, visit http://www.umvimncj.org/NCJVIM/Forms.html. For more information about UMVIM in the North Central Jurisdiction, contact Lorna Jost at email@example.com.
The number one policy of the UMC is to wait until we are invited in to do volunteer work. So we wait to hear from the OK UMC Conference.
The OK Conference must work out a strategy for volunteers to come and serve – including where they will house, feed, get supplies, etc. for the work to begin. They will probably use the same strategy that Joplin, MO did after their monstrous tornado.
This page has a sign-up sheet for teams to register on the OK UMC Conference website.
Long-term recovery teams (UMVIM teams) will be formingin June or early July… that is prediction, it may not be quite accurate.
Teams will schedule with the OK conference or a Moore UMC, whichever decides to be in charge of the recovery. A future teams list that you can check periodically to see who is going and see if you want to join them is available here.
For response in Joplin, MO continue to follow news here.
If you are interested in leading your own team – It is expected the OK Conference will want trained leaders to bring them in. Beth Stickles-McDaniel is your Indiana conference UMVIM coordinator. (firstname.lastname@example.org); training in your area can be arranged through her. For Early Response Team (“ERT”) training contact Rev. Jim Byerly, Indiana Disaster Response Team chair (email@example.com).
To stay up to date on invitations to volunteer and scheduled trainings, subscribe to the INUMC e-Mission newsletter at www.inumc.org/news.
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) is a grassroots movement within The United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel whereby Christians, both lay and clergy, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term assignments at their own expense.
Their work includes 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 movement began in 1976 and is organized by jurisdiction. Global Ministries networks with the jurisdictional UMVIM offices, which in turn coordinate with annual conference offices.
The UMVIM network offers guidance, organization, and training for more than 125,000 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. Volunteers need to be in relatively good health, complete an application form, willing to pay his/her own way or help to raise team funds, and agree to attend training sessions conducted by the team leader prior to departure. Read more here.
The need for Volunteers in Mission is local, national and global. Projects have been approved, or vetted, by the United Methodist Mission organization to ensure that your team will have an experience that is rewarding and beneficial for both the serving and the served. Programs are approved by the conference, jurisdiction, General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) or United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) before they may be placed on the appropriate VIM Project List. The lists are maintained both for location and for type of team (disaster, youth, adult.) The lists are updated as often as a project is approved or completed so be sure to check often for ideas on where you might like to enjoy a mission experience. Visit these websites for information on U.S. Projects, for International Projects or for Youth Projects.
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301 Pennsylvania Parkway # 300
Indianapolis, IN 46280
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