Volunteers in Mission
Mission Journeys and Volunteers in Mission
The United Methodist Volunteers In Mission is a grassroots laity driven short term mission program that inspires thousands of volunteers each year to go and put God’s love in action. The main purpose of this short term mission ministry is to make the love of God visible, meaningful, and redemptive in the midst of socio-economic deprivation. Volunteers are sent to develop trusting and enduring relationships that would foster partnership with the underprivileged, disenfranchised, marginalized, and oppressed in order to build hope and transformation lives.
However, the effectiveness of our ministry with the poor is a challenge. Robert D. Lupton, the author of Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help claimed that “ Most mission trips and service projects do not: empower those being served, engender healthy cross-cultural relationships, improve local quality of life, relieve poverty, change the lives of participants, increase support for long-term mission work… Contrary to popular belief, most mission trips and service projects do: weaken those being served, foster dishonest relationships, erode recipients’ work ethic, deepen dependency.” Although this may not apply to all short-term missions, it calls attention to rethink about how we engage in short-term mission work.
Our volunteers and team leaders are therefore required to take the VIM training to learn about the effective way of volunteering. Click here to register for the upcoming VIM training and learn more about short-term mission opportunities.
To participate in any of the mission journeys offered above please contact the team leader or click here for an application form. All volunteers are required to take the VIM training/workshop offered by Mission & Outreach Office.