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.

10 February 2017

News Items from South Central Jurisdiction

Sager Brown Kit Request
Because of your generosity, we at UMCOR Sager Brown, have been able to replenish our inventory of disaster relief supplies and place ourselves in a better position to respond to disasters. Although our inventory has increased, we are still in need of health and bedding kits. If you and your congregation are able to assist with this request, that would truly be a blessing. As you are aware, crisis can occur anywhere, at any time. We want to be prepared to answer the call should our brothers and sisters need us. For information about the construction of these kits, please visit our website at www.umcor.org/reliefsupplies.

Teams / Members Needed

Nicaragua: Macon UMC will travel to Nicaragua July 30-August 5th. They will work construction with the Rainbow Network and provide some medical assistance as well. If you feel led to be a part of this contact Scott Burdin via email or by phone at 660-676-3454.

01 February 2017

URGENT CALL for Volunteers in China

Are you taking this summer off from work or school? Or maybe need a semester break? Mission Volunteers is seeking candidates who are ready for a journey – a journey of service and exploration of God’s call on your life. The Amity Program in China urgently needs long-term volunteers to help in their various English programs. If you are interested do apply now. Contact Mission Volunteers at mv@umcmission.org for more information or start your application at www.missionvolunteers.org!

25 January 2017

Violence Against Women - What Can Health Volunteers Do?

The World Health Organization offers steps for health providers to take when confronted with signs of abuse against women and girls.  The statistics of the problem are quite overwhelming.

21 January 2017

Latrine Video - Church World Service

This is a video addressing the issue of disease transmission due to lack of latrines.  New video with an important message:

13 January 2017

Important News Updates from UMVIM and UMCOR:

  • This past week has been a difficult one for the UMVIM and UMCOR communities. Last week, the Methodist Guest House in Jeremie was attacked by a large group protesting the arrest and extradition of Guy Philippe, a Haitian senator and former rebel leader, by the DEA on drug trafficking charges. They were targeting Americans. There was an UMVIM team in the GH at the time. One of the team members was injured. Within half an hour someone arrived and convinced the crowd that the group was Cuban and not American. The crowd eventually dissipated and the team eventually flew back to Port au Prince several days later. Obviously, all were deeply affected by the event. 
And a sad message from Thomas Kemper, GBGM General Secretary:
  • It is with deep sorrow that we ask for prayers and condolences for the family of Lauren James, UMCOR church liaison, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Lauren died suddenly from a heart attack January 11. Lauren became part of UMCOR's staff in Haiti in 2010, responsible for supervising and coordinating integrated and sustainable development activities in Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH) communities across Haiti. We are grateful for her years of service to the people of Haiti and to UMCOR. May the peace of Christ surround Lauren's family and friends during this time of mourning and grief.  (This message can also be found on the UMVIM Community Health Volunteer Facebook page - the link is in left side menu).

10 January 2017

United Methodist 2016 Year in Review

Dr. Mike Watson-UMVIM Pioneer Remembered


A memorial service for Dr. Mike Watson will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church in Bamberg, South Carolina.

Dr. Watson passed on December 20, 2016. January 15, 2017 would have been his 91st birthday.

Please click here to read about the legacy of his life and his contribution to the ministry of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission.