UMVIM Western Jurisdiction Newsletter November 10, 2020


Equipping Volunteers, Empowering Partnerships
November 10, 2020

All UMVIM teams are reminded to contact their hosts prior to international and domestic travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Giving Tuesday, December 1st


As the year of 2020 draws to a close and we blend the new ways of doing things with the old ways, UMVIM Western Jurisdiction is asking for continual support for the various United Methodist mission projects.  Giving Tuesday is our year-end opportunity to support our missions projects with our prayers and our financial resources.  Over the next 4 weeks we are going to feature various ministries in the Western Jurisdiction that UMVIM has been working with the last year or so.  This week we are featuring Global Migration:  

"Every day, thousands of people leave and flee their homes in search of a better life for their families. Recognizing that migration is a complex issue, UMCOR works with partners to examine the causes of migration and to ensure the four rights of migrants: right to stay, right to safe passage, right to welcoming and belonging, and right to return. Global Ministries is committed to providing support for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers from all over the globe with our partners Church World Service and National Justice for Our Neighbors, along with our collaboration with other domestic and international humanitarian agencies."  From the Advance
To make a gift  to meet the needs of migrants across the world go to UMCOR Global Migration, Advance #3022144.


United in Love: Walls, Borders and Open Tables


Yabes Manokaran, from Tamilnadu, India, and Eric Agron, from the Philippines, served as Global Mission Fellows in Tijuana, Mexico, until July 2020. As migration ministry advocates in the Northwest Conference of the Methodist Church of Mexico, they heard a lifetime of stories from migrants who sought relief, waited for justice and faced deportation.
The Northwest Conference supports migrants with food, clothing, blankets and other resources to meet basic needs. In 2019, the United Methodist Committee on Relief provided a grant to the conference to outfit and staff an industrial-sized kitchen to provide food for asylum seekers held up in Tijuana. Named after the Bible verse, Comedor Juan 6:35 opened in April 2019.   To Read More     

Other Ways to Support Immigration Projects in the Western Jurisdiction

National Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) provides legal services for people in the immigration process:  Advance # 901285·

  • Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors AZJFON

  • Central Washington Justice for Our Neighbors CWJFON

Go to your Annual Conference website and check out their Immigration Ministries for more resources and way to serve the Migrant Population.  

California-Nevada Conference  Refugee Crisis Resources 
California - Pacific Conference Hispanic/Latino & Border Resources
Desert Southwest Conference   The Inn Project is serving asylum seeking families in powerful ways and Arizona Justice for our Neighbors
Greater Northwest (PNW, Oregon-Idaho, Alaska) Pacific Northwest 
MountainSky Conference Hispanic/Latino Ministry 



Good and gracious God,
We pray for all people who are migrating
particularly those who are forced from their homes 
or separated from their families

because of threats of violence and persecution.
We ask that you protect and keep them safe.

Although we come from different countries,
and have our origins in different cultures,
we were created by you, and are made in your image
and therefore we all share an inalienable dignity
that is deserving of respect.

Lord we ask that you give us the strength
to defend those who are marginalized,
to give aid to those in need,
to come to the defense of those
who are poor or vulnerable,
and to welcome those who are on the move
into our homes and into our hearts.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
forever and ever. 
Dios bueno y clemente,
Oramos por todas las personas queimmigran,
especialmente, por aquellas que son
forzadas a dejar sus hogares o
amenazas de violencia y persecucion.
Te pedimos que las protejas y las pongas
a salvo.
Aunque vengamos de distintos paises,
y nuestro origen se encuentre en
diferentes culturas,
todos hemos sido creados por ti y hemos
sido hechos a tu imagen y semejanza,
por lo tanto, todos compartimos una
dignidad inalienable que merece respecto.
Senor, te rogamos que nos des las fuerzas
para defender a los marginados
para ayudar a los necesitados,
para salir en defense de los  mas pobres y
y para acoger a aquellos que llegaran a 
nuestros hogares y a nuestro corazon.
Por nuestro Senor Jesucristo, tu Hijo,
que vive y reina contigo,
en la unidad del Espiritu Santo, un Dios,
por los siglos de los siglos.

Global Mission Fellows

Do you know a young adult who desires to address the root causes of injustice in their community while living out their faith?
The Global Mission Fellow US-2 Track could be the perfect opportunity for them.
While much is uncertain, the critical work of our placement agencies is as important as ever.  Our US-2 Fellows continue on as essential workers, dedicated to putting their faith into action even in this challenging season for our world. 
Global Mission Fellows seek to combat systematic oppression and alleviate human suffering while serving in a new community.  Fellows serve for two years as a cohort and are able to serve communities across the United States by working in public health, migration issues, poverty situations and much more.  
Click here to learn more and apply
If you have any questions, please email us at


Want a longer mission experience? 

Mission Volunteers are individuals or couples that want to volunteer with a mission site for 2 months or longer. Learn more about how to become part of this program with an online orientation, December 1-3. Participants can become advocates for the program or begin the process for serving as a long-term volunteer.
Click Here for Registration 


Western Jurisdictional Coordinator:  Ronda Cordill
Phone:  (509) 993-6753 (Cell) or (509) 235-5466 (Home)
Address:  20116 W. Sterling; Rd Cheney, WA 99004

Alaska Don Olson
California-Nevada Shari Sandoval
California-Pacific Doug and Judy Lewis
Desert Southwest Mike and Lorraine Eyer
Mountain Sky Stephanie Moffitt
Oregon- Idaho Louise Kienzle
Pacific Northwest Cheryl Reagan

Your UMVIM WJ Conference Coordinators are there to assist and support you as you answer your call to serve as a short-term mission volunteer.  If you are already scheduled to serve on a mission journey, let us know about it, so that we can share your story.  Please feel free to contact them for information or connection to other VIM Resources. 

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