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.

2016 Scheduled Trips

 

 Mission Country

Mission Dates

Team Leader

 

Contact Email

Japan/Philippines Oct 5-17 Rev. Joseph Ewoodzie  

jewoodzie@nyac.com

Ghana

Nov 1 - 15

Rev. Joseph Ewoodzie

 

jewoodzie@nyac.com

Youth Ambassadors (YAM)

Feb 17 - 27, 2017 Rev. Joseph Ewoodzie   jewoodzie@nyac.com

See details for upcoming trips

VIM Forms

NEJ UMVIM Insurance, Individual Application, 2015

VIM Application

Emergency Contact Form

Medical and Liability Release

Mission Policy Agreement

Notification of Death Form

Physician's Form

Power of Attorney

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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. The next training is scheduled on July 9, 2016. Click here to register.