26 May 2017

SCJ Mission Academy Set for 9/10-9/13

South Central Jurisdiction Mission Academy
September 10-13, 2017
The Leadership Center - Aurora, Nebraska

It's live! Registration for our 2017 Mission Academy is up and running. The SCJ Mission Academy is a place where people, like you, with a heart for mission can come together and learn about how we can serve in healthy, equitable, and sustainable ways. 

If you are active in Disaster Response, UMCOR will be present to share about transitioning from early response to long term recovery; emotional and spiritual care; connecting with your neighbors to plan a coordinated response, etc.

Interested in other aspects of mission service? Come and discuss serving cross-culturally with grace, developing equitable partnerships, growing spiritually through mission and more!

Click the Register Now button to link to resources such as a full course offerings list, schedule of events, and online registration! We look forward to fellowshipping and learning with you in September!

Mission Travel Agency Undergoes Change

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.

~ Jan
{Email} jan@love2trvl.com
{Phone} 208-263-3220 - Pacific Time
{Website} www.love2trvl.com
{Facebook} www.facebook.com/lovetotrvl
{Address} 600 High Circle Rd, Sandpoint, ID 83864

17 May 2017

Restoring Vision: A Mission Team Resource for Glasses

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

Panama Mission Journey Posted

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.

                                                                                                  Egg/Chicken Program      

01 May 2017

An "In the Field" Glimpse of Malaria

This video offers some insights into the local challenges that malaria poses within underdeveloped countries.

21 April 2017

The Case Against "Medical Tourism"

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".

Recently, "medical tourism" has grown exponentially in popularity.  Some travel agencies offer "medical mission" experiences for health professionals that combine sightseeing in developing countries with brief outpatient clinic time that is designed to satisfy the participants' altruistic dreams.

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 mv@umcmission.org.  United Methodist Volunteers in Mission sponsors a variety of mission opportunities.

13 April 2017

Medical Outreach Program in Remote Zimbabwe

Excerpt from United Methodist News Service:
Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS              Excerpt from United Methodist News Service:
The Rev. Portia Kanoyangwa was the first to receive treatment during a medical outreach program conducted by The United Methodist Church in the Chitungwiza and Marondera rural districts of Zimbabwe. A total of 355 patients with various ailments benefited from the free program. 

Hundreds benefit from medical outreach

By Kudzai Chingwe
April 12, 2017 | HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS)

A total of 355 patients with various ailments from the Chitungwiza and Marondera rural districts benefited from a free medical outreach program conducted by The United Methodist Church. The program targeted people from disadvantaged communities who needed routine treatment, while complicated cases were referred to well-established medical institutions.

The program, which in March gave locals from Xanadu village free treatment of malaria, cancer, diarrhea and HIV/AIDS, saw hundreds being treated while 87 underwent voluntary counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS, with seven new cases being recorded. At St. Michaels Center in Marondera, 67 people living with visual-impairment conditions received treatment.
Dr. Ngoni Mwakutuya, head of the medical team, said the church would continue working with the government and its programs to the fulfillment of the church’s social responsibility.

CDC Update: Zika

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: