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United Methodist Volunteers in Mission
We have recently posted the job offer for the UMCOR Haiti Church Liaison. As you have neared the end of your own recruitment efforts for the related VIM positions, we would like to humbly request that you help spread the word through your networks about this new opportunity!
SCANDINAVIAN CARAVAN – 2010:
DEADLINE IS MAY 15
For more than half a century now, the Methodist Churches of WNC and Scandinavia have shared a special relationship and partnered in a wonderful mission of faith and cultural exchange known as the Scandinavian Caravan. WNCC young adults have traveled to Northern Europe sharing their faith stories, their lives and the love of Christ with Methodist congregations throughout Scandinavia. And in recent years, the caravan has also included the former Soviet states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
hosts to these young missionaries from June 30th through August 4th. Our missionaries will stay with "host families" in local churches during their 4-5 week mission, enabling them to learn new customs, experience different faith expressions and make new, life-long friends.
If your church is interested in serving as a "host church", please fill out the attached application (in the attachment list at the bottow of this page) and return it to Rev. Al Beck, 626 Medlin Road Franklin, NC 28734 or go to the Conference Website and click on the Scandinavian Caravan under Missions & Outreach for an application. In order to establish the optimum itinerary for our Scandinavian guests, the Application deadline is May 15th.
Those who wish to volunteer for Haiti:
Those who desire to offer volunteer support should visit our on-line application via this page's attachment (see below). The application can saved and emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed or mailed.
Volunteer Awareness Sunday
Celebrate Volunteers in Mission Awareness Day at Your Church! The 2005 Annual Conference approved a petition by the Commission of Missions and Outreach, that beginning in 2006, every church of our conference designate one Sunday as “Volunteers in Mission Awareness Day;” and that each local church provide for UMVIM displays, information resources, solicit individual or group testimonies, and/or develop other ways to celebrate the UMVIM movement in whatever fashion that best suits the local congregations; and that local churches draw upon the available resources of the Conference’s Building Team Committee, Medical Team and Volunteer Response Ministries Office to make the day memorable, one of “Christian Love in Action.”
Churches may choose the Sunday for their observance and may contact Sandy Waldron at email@example.com to find a potential missions speaker.
Volunteer In Mission Teams
The Western North Carolina Conference Volunteers In Mission promote, encourage and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love In Action.” Our aim is to achieve the Great Commission through providing short-term mission opportunities for everyday Christians to reach a new generation with God’s love. We are a key component in expanding the conference vision, Power of 3 for WNCC, to have 3,000 UMVIM teams yearly by 2012.
The Western North Carolina Conference Volunteers In Mission provides opportunities for service in countries around the world while developing and nurturing relationships with international church leadership. Teams may include Disaster Response Teams, Building Teams, Education Teams, Medical Teams or a combination. Teams may be conference-related, group-related or church-related.
Many churches have their own teams to various countries. We would like to help advertise these teams. We also would like to help individuals looking for teams to connect. Please send information on church teams to Mike Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be advertised under "Churh Teams."
Building Team Possibilities:
Church Team Possibilities:
NICARAGUA: Experienced team (7th year) from FUMC Gastonia, NC leaves for Nicaragua June 15 and returns June 21. Building project, medical team, pharmacy, eyeglasses dispensed and commodities/small gifts distributed. Could use physicians, dentists, optometrists, building team members, but also those who think they may have no special skills but are invaluable as helpers. Cost: $1200. Next team meeting is Feb 14 @ 12:00. Deadline to apply 3-15-10. Contact Sharon Pendergast @ email@example.com or 704-867-3923.
Possibilities through other Conferences:
1. Orphanage # 4, Pavlovsk, Russia, June 27-July 11, 2010. Cost is $3,500 from Chicago. Contact the North Central Jurisdiction VIM for more info.
2. DRC - The Peninsula Delaware Conference is putting together a mission team to Congo in Sept 2010. (Bishop Yemba has not finalized the dates yet) Since our conferences are working together to improve life in Congo I was hoping someone from your conference would be interested in being on the team. We will be working with the children at the Mpasa Nutrition Center. We will also be doing some minor repairs to the facility and possibly working with a Congolese crew that will be working on the electrical system.
The decision to go would need to be made fairly soon. The person will need vaccinations some of which will need boosters over the next 6 months. Please be in prayerful consideration of this request and let me know if you have someone to recruit. Contact Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. POLAND - Are you ready to boost your spiritual life? Here is the mission trip for you. You are invited to join a group of experienced Volunteer in Mission team members as we travel to Kielce, Poland. The project is to assist Kielce United Methodist Church conduct a week long day camp with a Native American theme in the rural village of Zaborze. Enjoy working with children in a camp environment is a must, a teaching background is a plus but not necessary, having a servant's heart and patience is a requirement. We leave June 24 and return July 7. You should budget for $2500 however it could be less if we get enough people to share cost. Please contact Ron Fontenot, 618-628-8262. For more information, please go to: http://offumcmissions.blogspot.com/
4. HONDURAS: Four team members slots available for a VIM work trip to Honduras.
The dates of the trip are June 5 through June 13, 2010. The trip will be to La Ceibita, a small town in the northern part of the country. The work activities will be a vision clinic plus performing several health related activities (glucose screening, blood pressure screening and dental health care training). If we have individuals that would prefer to work in construction, put on a Bible School, teach sewing or any other activity we can accommodate most other desires to help the people there. This mission trip will cost a 'fully tax deductible' $1,200; this covers all expenses including airfare from Knoxville, TN. For more information contact Bob Schultz, First United Methodist Church Oak Ridge, at email@example.com or call at 865-482-0080.
VIM Team Insurance Available
Several years ago the Commission on Mission / Outreach mandated that all teams should have "Team Insurance." The person's private insurance is the primary coverer for medical care. Cost for emergency evacuation for one person without insurance could cost $100,000!
Avenue # 1 - Through the WNCC Building Team Committee
Insurance covers medical and accident, evacuation and repatriation, luggage loss, and emergency medical reunion. Contact Don Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on coverage.
Teams have the choice of two rates ($10,000 per person or $25,000 per person). The team as a whole has to choose one of the rates, as we cannot mix the rates for individuals on a team. The Building Team Committee charges a $10/team cost for church teams that would like to have the coverage.
For Outbound teams - going outside the US or Canada:
Option 1: $10,000 Deductible $100 Premium $1.62/person/day
Option 2: $25,000 Deductible $100 Premium $2.88/person/day
*For Inbound teams - inside the US or Canada:
Option 1: $10,000 Deductible $100 Premium $2.16/person/day
Option 2: $25,000 Deductible $100 Premium $3.89/person/day
*If you have a high deductable on your primary insurance, it may make a lot of sense to have this insurance within the USA while on a mission trip.
Avenue # 2 - Through the SEJ UMVIM
To apply for UMVIM insurance, click here. UMVIM, SEJ offers travel insurance in order to make sure you are safe on your mission trip. Registration cost for domestic team members is $12 per person and for international team members is $17 per person. This insurance covers:
For more information, view a copy of our insurance policy by clicking here.
Avenue # 3 - Through a travel agent
Starr Travel in Greensboro offers travel insurance, but it must be purchased within 14 days of the initial trip deposit to protect against a pre-existing medical conditions. Darrell Poynter may be contacted at 1-800-882-2292 or www.starrtravel.com. Other travel agents offer insurance, as well. An example of insurance is as follows:
NEW RESOURCES FOR Volunteers in Missions Teams! See documents attached below and please feel free to use in your 'tool box of skills.'