26 May 2017
Summer greetings to all our Love To Travel clients!
It’s retirement time for Jan!! After 36 years in the travel industry it’s time to slow down and move into our long-time retirement plan of visiting all of our wonderful national parks!
However, Love To Travel is not going away! We are blessed to have terrific agents that we’ll be transitioning the agency over to during June and July. You’ve worked with them for years ... Jennifer and Marie. They have new and exciting ideas that will serve your travel needs in new and exciting ways. ( and Jan will be around as a resource whenever necessary).
For those of you who like to do your own on-line browsing Jennifer will be revising the website to allow you to browse it for sales, promotions, travel insurance, etc, just as you would any other ‘on line’ site... but you get the benefit of working with our agents when you need that extra human touch. Jennifer is our vacation planning expert so please continue to contact her for your personal/family vacations. www.love2trvl.com (the new site will fold into the current one sometime mid-June).
And while you’re at it, please “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lovetotrvl
Missionary/humanitarian travel? yes, Jennifer and Marie will continue to serve your flight needs as always.
Currently have reservations through Jan? No worries, she'll see you through to the end of this trip, with Jennifer and Marie as back-up.
So keep our contact information handy, and share it with friends and colleagues:
Jennifer 208-263-3220 (same agency phone number as always)
Marie 208-659-9453 (cell)
Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years. It has been my honor and privilege to serve your travel needs. My hope is that you continue to support Love To Travel with your flight needs for many years to come.
17 May 2017
Restoring Vision provides glasses and sunglasses to impoverished parts of the world. If you are in need of these type of supplies, please visit the drop-down menu entitled "Medical Supply Links" on this blog and scroll down to the "Restoring Vision" link under the heading "reading and sunglasses".
13 May 2017
|Making "tippy-tap" wash-stations|
An UMVIM team focusing on community health and welfare projects will be journeying to remote western Panama September 9-17, departing from Miami. Team is sponsored by UMVIM Florida Conference. The photos depict activities similar to team activities. For more information and an application, contact Jane Dunn.
01 May 2017
21 April 2017
Support for Community Wellness and Collaboration
Over the past 20+ years I have had
the privilege of participating in various types of volunteer missions, mostly under the auspices of the United Methodist Volunteer-in-Mission programs. I must admit in those early years of my volunteering, I was excited to use my nursing skills in order to experience a personal sense of gratification. I wanted to minister to the "poor" without giving much attention to where I was going, who the "poor" were or what their self-identified needs were. This type of volunteering offers the provider short-term self-satisfaction and may or may not provide meaningful help to the targeted "poor".
Today, the world is experiencing widespread malnutrition, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. There are locations where malaria is an endemic fact of life. To be effective, volunteers must identify those needs and respond. Here are some simple guidelines for individuals and health professionals who are serious about responding to the health crises among the poor:
1. Preparation for a "community health" team should include contact with a "vetted" site that has a local host who will receive the group.
2. A team leader is needed who obtains information from the host regarding community's long-term health needs; things that help prevent disease and sustain health, i.e., clean water, sewage disposal, need for dependable water source, food security, health teaching/health promoter education, vector control sexual health education, etc.
3. Long-term health maintenance or community health may not be only about the need for health professionals but often requires farming education, health promoter education and long-term/long distance collaboration, advice on latrines, well placement, insect control, food preparation and storage, etc.
Many skill sets are needed and useful to promote long-term community health. Volunteers can be in long-term partnership and collaboration with locals in target communities. You may be one of those individuals.
For more information, contact the United Methodist Mission Volunteer Office at email@example.com. United Methodist Volunteers in Mission sponsors a variety of mission opportunities.
13 April 2017
Please view this video, produced last week regarding Zika. Much of the information contained here is pertinent to UMVIM Teams traveling to tropical, Zika prone areas of the world. Remember to prepare groups by following the suggestions found in the video, below: