General Orientation Meeting for UMVIM Teams to Japan Is This Saturday

April 07, 2011

The United Methodist Church response to the massive earthquake disaster in Japan soon will include volunteer recovery teams. A general orientation meeting for people who may want to go to Japan will take place at Sacramento's Japanese United Methodist Church this Saturday (April 9) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

The meeting program will include a general introduction to the culture and language of Japan. Participants will be introduced to the UMC response plan for Japan recovery and plans for the Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) trips to Japan will be outlined. Participants will learn about what these teams will be doing, where they will go, the expected cost for team members, possible travel dates, and how to join.
 
An Assessment Team will head to Japan in May and will lay the groundwork for these future teams.
 
The recovery teams to Japan are part of the Disaster Ministry of the United Methodist Church. They are an extension of our local churches here, working in partnership with local churches in Japan who are ministering to people in the stricken communities. 
 
Attend the meeting on Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Japanese UMC in Sacramento, to learn more about how you can be part of this response by joining a team or supporting these teams. 
 
Plan your route with the Google Maps feature on the Japanese UMC webpage. The church is located at 6929 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95823.
 
For more information contact the Rev. Motoe Yamada, pastor, at revmotoe@sacjumc.com or 916.421.1017.