A California-Nevada United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) trip to Cambodia, scheduled for February, has been postponed until next winter.
The VIM team will work together with members of O Kroch Methodist Church to build a fence for a parcel of land owned by the church, located in a rural Kuy community north of Phnom Penh, in Kampong Thom Province.
Interim UMVIM Director Phil Bandy says the trip is being postponed in order to fund the project properly. Original plans were to construct the fence of wood but it was decided that a concrete wall is needed instead. It will be a barrier to keep crops from being destroyed or eaten by wandering animals that come to graze on the property, which is 129 meters x 17 meters in front, and 29 meters towards the middle and back.
"Our original timetable was too aggressive and didn't allow sufficient time for fundraising," Bandy says. "We decided it was better not to rush it, so that we could do it right."
Winter here is the most favorable time of year, in terms of weather, to visit Cambodia.
When the trip is rescheduled you'll find details on the Volunteer Opportunities page on the Conference website – at cnumc.org/volunteeropportunities.
To donate to the project: Make checks payable to Grace UMC and write "Cambodia" on the memo line. Mail to Grace UMC, 19901 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583.
Registration is now open for the 2011 Cambodia Consultation, set for March 31 to April 2 at Wesley United Methodist Church in San Jose and is sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries and the Cal-Nevada Conference. The 2011 focus will be on concerns and perspectives of (1) the Khmer church leadership, (2) missionaries, and (3) Volunteers in Mission (VIM) teams, all of which will be represented.