Volunteers in Mission
Volunteers in Mission is a missionary movement in The United Methodist Church in which people offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and abroad on short-term assignments at personal expense. It is rooted in the conviction that all Christians are called to be in mission. VIM enables individuals, local churches, districts and conferences to become directly involved in mission by responding to requests for volunteers at specifiic projects in a wide variety of mission areas.
Mission for the 21st century challenges us to focus on relationships between people for common mission. God has given us the United Methodist Volunteers movement to lead the way! It will enable us to build bridges, develop relationships and experience cross-cultural enrichment as we reach out to each other in cooperative ministry.
What if I don't have any special skill or talent? While some specialists are needed, such as medical personnel, pastors, teachers, carpenters, etc., every person has something to give! Can you hammer? Paint? Cook? Plant shrubbery? Clean? -the list goes on and on. Each mission project requires a variety of skills and talents.
IMPORTANT UPDATE GBGM INSURANCE:
GBGM insurance application began online in January 2011. Please note there is a minimal increase of the insurance cost for daily rate per person. The new cost will be $0.80 per day. For Individual Volunteers the increase will also rise to $0.55 per person per day. Go to http://new.gbgm-umc.org/about/us/mv/mission-teams-umvim/insurance-application-form/ for more on this process.
Nashville 2013 Celebration in Nashville, TN. on April 23-24, 2013.
We will be Celebrating the working relationship of United Methodist Disaster Response and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission and discussing how we will continue to be in ministry together into the future! This invitation is being extended to:
Conference Disaster Response Coordinators
Conference UM Volunteers in Mission Coordinators
Conference Directors of Connectional Ministries
It is our hope that you will register and plan to attend this exciting event!
NM CONFERENCE VIM COORDINATORS:
Albuquerque District -
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES (Check here for planned area trainings)
Stay in touch with VIM Coordinators about what you're doing. Share information about the VIM trips your church is planning or has participated in already.
By filling out a VIM Report Form following a mission experience, you will be contributing to a resource of information for others who are wanting to know "what was it like?"
All trips organized as Volunteers in Mission trips are open to conference-wide participation. We strive to keep the list of opportunities and contacts on these pages current and informational.
GENERAL ONGOING NEEDS IN OUR CONFERENCE FOR WORK PROJECTS:
Sacramento Methodist Assembly (Camp) in Sacramento NM
In need of volunteers to help in restoration of forest trails, general forest rehabilitation, light construction work, landscape work, assisting in operations and food service. Teams are bunked in dorms and meals are provided. Cost is $25/day for lodging and meals; help is needed year-round!
For information: www.sacramentoassembly.org or 800-667-3414 or
Casa Esperanza, Albuquerque NM
Provides home away from home for out-of-town cancer patients and family members while patient undergoes treatment. Needs are for general maintenance, painting, yardwork, window washing, reorganization of storage units, etc. Stay onsite, or at local hotels or area churches.
Contact Angelica Medina at 505-277-9880 or www.casaesperanzanm.org
Four Corners Native American Ministry
Welcoming individuals and groups (older youth, multi-generational and adult groups) to help with VBS, home repairs and church repairs/construction on needs of 26 Navajo churches, 2 thrift shops, a daycare and a leadership training center. Facilities and costs vary depending upon site and activity. Contact Rev. Rodney Aist, PO Box 400, Shiprock, NM 87420, 505-368-4402 for .
McCurdy School, Espanola
Volunteers needed for general maintenance of buildings and grounds, to include indoor/outdoor painting, minor repairs, cleaning and landscaping. Stay in Dorms (2/room with shared bath). More information contact Vickie Luviano, 261 McCurdy Rd., Espanola NM 87532, 505-753-7221 X 268, fax 505-753-7830,
Grand River Station of Louisiana Disaster Response
Needs volunteer teams to help with rebuilding of homes damaged by the last two hurricanes.
Contact Michelle at 225-659-7450, or register your team by going to www.la-umc.org and clicking on Louisiana Disaster Response.