19 November 2017

United Methodist Migration Day is Sunday, December 3, 2017

You might ask, "What does migration have to do with health?  People who are on the move often are not able to maintain hygiene practices, have limited or no financial resources and are unable to address medical conditions.  They are an "at risk" population who need for Christians to be the hands and feet of God; an opportunity for 'love in action'.

12 November 2017

Volunteer Missioners Attend Training

The South Central Jurisdiction hosted Global Ministries Mission Volunteers training this last week at Mt. Sequoyah in the Arkansas Conference. Eleven mission volunteers from the SCJ and beyond came together to learn about serving through the United Methodist Church. If you missed this opportunity, never fear! Training dates and details for 2018 can be found on the Global Ministries Mission Volunteers website.

10 November 2017

Liberian Seniors Get Medical Help

By Julu Swen
Nov. 3, 2017 | MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS)
The Liberia Conference observes the third Sunday of October each year as Senior Citizens Sunday. As part of activities this year, the Aging Ministry of the United Methodist Church in Liberia provided free clinical health services for hundreds of senior citizens — mostly United Methodists from Monrovia and the surrounding area.
Drawn from seven of the 21 districts of the conference, the seniors were checked by certified health personnel for various health conditions including sight, hypertension and diabetes.
“Those found with critical conditions are sent to nearby clinics or hospitals,” said the Rev. Anna Kpaan, director of the aging ministry. She said the program does not have the required funds to undertake the task, but senior citizens were equally not able to do it for themselves.
“We cannot sit as a church and let these people who have served us die of curable conditions,” she added.
Asked as to what will be the long-term role of the church in the lives of its seniors, Kpaan indicated that the church has a home that is now catering to those who cannot be taken care of by their children due to modern-day life demands.
“The old folks’ home, as it is called, keeps them in constant contact with their children and their home church, which is what most of them desired,” she said. She pointed out that the home is open to all seniors — especially United Methodists — and clinical health services are part of the care that the church is given.

01 November 2017

UMVIM-SEJ Now Offering Free Training Manual

For those people living in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of UMVIM, you are eligible to receive a free hard copy or tablet copy of the UMVIM Leader Training Manual.   Please view the video below :

26 October 2017

EPIC: Emergency Partners Information Connection at CDC

Spotlight on Information for Coping and Emotional Care for Faith-Based and Community Organizations Serving People Affected by the Recent Hurricanes

During times of crisis, people often find comfort and support through their faiths and through community engagement.  Faith- and community-based organizations are providing invaluable assistance to hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands (U.S.V.I.) and displaced survivors and diaspora communities in the continental United States.  CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) is sharing this collection of resources to support faith-based and community leaders as they assist those impacted by hurricanes.  

Mental health in emergencies

Learn more about how emergencies can affect mental health on these websites.
·         CDC’s Coping with Emergencies website (English) (Spanish)
·         SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Disaster Distress Helpline website (English) (Spanish)
·         WHO Psychological First Aid (English) (Spanish)

Guidance for faith-based and community leaders

These resources give leaders tips and recommendations on how to address mental health issues after a disaster.
·         MentalHealth.gov’s For Community and Faith Leaders (English)  
·         FEMA’s Faith Resources (English)
  • SAMHSA’s Tips for Disaster Responders: Understanding Compassion Fatigue (English) (Spanish)

Resources to share with survivors

Faith- and community-based organizations can print and hand out these resources for the people they serve.
·         SAMHSA’s Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress (English) (Spanish)
·         SAMHSA’s Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: What to Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life (English) (Spanish)
·         SAMHSA’s Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event (English) (Spanish)
·         CDC’s Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event (English and Spanish)– versions specific to USVI and Puerto Rico are available upon request.

Resources for Helping Children

Disasters affect children more differently than they do adults.  Children may have a hard time understanding the disaster, accepting changes and loss, and seeing adults in their lives struggling. These resources help parents and teachers work with children of various ages. 
·         CDC’s Helping Children Cope (English) (Spanish)
·         CDC’s Ready Wrigley: Flooding and Mold (English) (Spanish)
·         SAMHSA’s Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth After a Disaster or Community Event (English) (Spanish)
·         National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) Parent Guidelines for Helping Children After Hurricanes (English) (Spanish)
·         NCTSN’s Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers (English) (Spanish)
·         NCTSN’s Parent Tips for Helping Preschoolers (English )(Spanish)
·         NCTSN’s Parent Tips for Helping School-age Children (English) or  (Spanish)
·         NCTSN’s Parent Tips For Helping Adolescents (English(Spanish)
·         NCTSN’s Simple Activities for Children Without Power or When Playing Outside is Restricted (English)

Addressing violence

People affected by hurricanes may be experiencing increased stress in their homes, families, and daily lives. They may also have difficulty accessing social and legal protections.  There have been reported increases in violence in Puerto Rico and U.S.V.I.. These resources can help address issues of violence.

·         National Domestic Violence Hotline (English)  (Spanish)
·         National Domestic Violence Hotline Print Brochure (English)
·         Administration for Children and Families’ First Responders: Support for Pregnant Survivors of Abuse or Rape During Disasters  (English)
·         CDC’s Preventing Violence After a Natural Disaster (English)
·         National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health’s Creating Trauma Informed Services (English)
Encourage survivors who are struggling to cope to call SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Hotline:
·         1-800-985-5990 (Press “2” for Spanish) or text “TalkWithUs” for English or “Háblanos” for Spanish to  66746
If you suspect that a survivor may be experiencing violence, please encourage them to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline:
·         1-800-799-SAFE (7233) (TTY for deaf/hearing impaired:  TTY 1-800-787-3224).  
o   Additionally, advocates who are deaf are available 24/7 through the National Deaf Hotline by video phone at 1-855-812-1001, Instant Messenger (DeafHotline) or email (nationaldeafhotline@adwas.org).
·         If it’s not safe to call survivors can use the live chat service (http://www.thehotline.org/what-is-live-chat/). You’ll receive the same one-on-one, real-time, confidential support from a trained advocate as you would on the phone. Chat is available every day from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. CST. Chat en Español esta disponible de 12 p.m. a 6 p.m. Hora Central.
We hope that these resources will help you to serve your communities and will help those impacted by the hurricanes to cope and recover.  Please share this information with your partners and communities. 

Thank you,

Caitlyn Lutfy, MPH

On behalf of the Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

19 October 2017

Teams Needed for Hurricane Response

(copied from Western Jurisdiction UMVIM site)

The Texas Annual Conference (Houston and north Gulf Coast) is transitioning from Early Response to Long Term Recovery.  In the past few weeks, teams have mucked out and gutted more than 6000 homes, but they are still finding communities where the damage has not been assessed.  Volunteers should be over age 18, Safe Sanctuaries certified, and at least one member of the team should be ERT trained.  Go to  http://www.txcumc.org/texasrecovers  

The Rio Texas Conference (Corpus Christi and south Gulf Coast area) are taking ERTs for approximately another 6 weeks and are accepting reservations for Long-Term Recovery teams after that.  Go to their website: https://riotexas.org/harvey.

The Florida Annual Conference needs teams right away. All volunteers will be accepted, regardless of ERT training. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register and should expect to be deployed in the southern part of the state. Go to https://disasterRecovery@flumc.org

Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands (US Territories)
This is still a government-controlled situation.  They are in emergency relief phase and it is NOT appropriate for volunteers to go yet.  We will update you as this situation changes.  UMCOR is releasing grants to Puerto Rico quickly and talking daily with the Bishop and other church leaders on the islands.

Give to UMCOR's relief and recovery efforts:  
US Disaster Response, Advance #901670 at umcor.org/donate.  100% of donations made through The Advance reach their intended target since overhead costs are funded by your generous donations on
UMCOR Sunday each year.