27 March 2017

Mission Academy for Volunteers Set

Save the Date!   
September 10-13, 2017

The South Central Jurisdiction Mission Academy will take place September 10-13, 2017 in the Great Plains Conference. Our location this year is the Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska. The Leadership Center offers a serene, scenic setting, with many activities to do between sessions.

Want to know what topics you can expect at this year's event? How about you give us your thoughts! Follow this link to rate potential topics and share a few of your own ideas! 

And be sure to add the September 10-13, 2017 Mission Academy to your Calendar! We hope to see you for this awesome experience of fellowship, worship, and strengthening our missional response!


Audrey J. Phelps
Dir. UMVIM & Disaster Response
South Central Jurisdiction

In Partnership with UMCOR, United Methodist Committee on Relief

23 March 2017

United Methodist Global Ministries:

The Spirit is always moving:
You can be a part of its health and wellness mission

17 March 2017


Are you free this summer to serve God in new and unique ways? Do you have a couple of months this fall to give to others? The Missions Volunteers office is looking for people interested in serving as long-term volunteers! Applications are now being accepted for the next training event which will be held May 3-6 at the Epworth Forest Conference Center in Indiana. This is the last training event before summer! Deadline to complete the application is April 10. Opportunities to serve from around the world, as well as the application form, can be found at www.missionvolunteers.org. For more information, contact the Mission Volunteers office at mv@umcmissions.org.

The Haitian Methodist Church is seeking an experience volunteer - couple or individual - to fill the role as Assistant VIM Coordinator to help with teams coming to Haiti. The volunteer/s will assist the Guest House Manager in team orientations and debriefings, management of projects, and general support. The position is located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The assistant is needed beginning in June or July for a three month commitment.  Only those who have served previously in Haiti on mission teams will be considered. For more information on this opportunity, please contact the Global Ministries Mission Volunteers office at mv@umcmission.org.

The JOSHUA Program, a summer service program focused on community revitalization in the Ohio Valley Region, is seeking two long-term volunteers for Construction Director and Volunteer Coordinator for the upcoming summer season of work. Housing is provided by the program, as are most meals. If you are available May - August for this unique opportunity to show the love of Christ to others, please contact the Mission Volunteers office at mv@umcmission.org<mailto:mv@umcmission.org>.

Katherine Smith
Sr. Program Associate; Mission Volunteers
ksmith@umcmission.org<mailto:ksmith@umcmission.org>; 404-460-7192; ext. 1145 (fax: 404-942-4243)

Global Ministries | The United Methodist Church
458 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE | Atlanta, GA 30308

14 March 2017

Nicaraguan UMVIM Journey - Also posted on "Team Openings" Page

Here’s a link to our initial posting about a Nicaraguan Journey. http://hydeparkumc.org/?s=nicaragua

This trip will be from Oct. 28 – Nov. 4, 2017. The cost is $1,400 inclusive from Tampa, FL.  This will be our group's 11th trip to Leon, Nicaragua where we serve under the direction of an NGO, El Ayudante.  www.nicamissions.com. Medical personnel are welcome to join us and serve alongside the medical professionals there.  

There will be opportunities to provide education to pregnant teenagers, construction, and tutoring and Bible school type activities. Whatever skills a person has, there will be a way to use them in the service of the community.  Also, we have a team that goes out delivering water filters and food packages in the mornings, and anyone can do that.  We ask if we can pray with people, so a willingness to pray is the only skill needed for that. 

For those interested in the Florida area, there will be monthly team building meetings.  Typically,  a $500 deposit is due by June 1, a second $500 deposit by July 1, and then airline tickets will be purchased in July.

03 March 2017

News from NEJ "Servant's Journey"

Did You Know? 

The Red Cross has issued a new Shelter Field Guide.  Check it out here.
Children's Disaster Services and its trained and certified volunteers provide care for children and families following disasters. The 27-hour overnight workshops provide required training for volunteers who wish to serve in the program.  Find out how to register for one of their trainings here.

27 February 2017

A Palestinian UMVIM Journey

 About 20 years ago, I visited Palestine and Israel. Recently my husband and I decided to make a return visit in order to know about United Methodist connections with Arab Christians in the region.

Although there is now enforced separation between Palestinian Arabs and Jews, we traveled to Holy sites and among the Arab regions of the Palestinian Authority.  There we visited many Arab led community service initiatives.  We were inspired by the Arab ingenuity in creating programs for their disadvantaged women, mentally handicapped young people,  preschoolers and residents in an inner city refugee camp.
Elias and Issa Gharib with Elias' son, George

Our tour was led by Grace Tours, run by Arab Christian brothers, Issa and Elias Ghareeb.  Grace Tours is the preferred agency recommended by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and works closely with Rev. Kristen Brown, Board of Global Ministries Missionary and Liaison to Palestine and Israel.

An impressive program was Alrowwad for Culture.  Visit their link to view explanations about their programs focused on arts, media, women's issues, education and environment /health.

The Al Malath Charitable Society provides rehabilitation, education, training and care for youth with mental disabilities so they can achieve their full potential.

Another similar UMVIM Journey is being planned for the period around September/October, 2017.  The experience offers both innumerable Christian Holy Site visits and an opportunity to learn more about the determination and positive resolve of Arab Christians in the region.

Cost of Haiti Team Journey Clarified

In the most recent edition of the UMVIM-NEJ newsletter "The Servant's Journey" it was incorrectly stated that Team Project Contributions would be $5000.  The correct figure is $3500.  For a team of 8 this brings the cost of the journey down by almost $200!  Thanks to Mike Willis for the clarification.  As always, please work through Brulan Jean-Michel, the VIM Coordinator and Guest House Manager for Haiti.  He can be reached at 

12 February 2017

Health Promoter's Egg Project

Celestina, a Ngabe indigenous woman trained as a Health Promoter, shares her success with a "hens and egg project" with other Health Promoters at their monthly meeting in remote Panama.