BUSY SUMMER for UMVIM
DSW Youth "It's Their Mission" in SW Colorado
Many people believe that summer is a time for rest, relaxation and fun. But this Post-Covid season has turned summer into a time to make up for the past 2 years. Summer seems to be busier than ever as we work toward the new normal with Covid. This is especially true for Volunteers in Mission. Teams are starting to go out and serve both domestically and globally. Currently, there is a team returning from Kenya (OR-ID) and teams are serving in various Long Term Recovery within the Western Jurisdiction.
As more teams are going out, I hope the teams will remember two things for a successful mission team:
# 1 Use the Best Practices of Short Term Missions
Have a trained team leader. Team Leader Training (TLT) is available during the Summer Mission Academy (July 25-30, 2022) with TLT Refresher on July 30th. (See below). If you need team leader training contact your Annual Conference Coordinator or Ronda Cordill WJ UMVIM Coordinator for dates and locations this fall.
Serve with an UMVIM site or project. Contact Ronda for the updated list for the Western Jurisdiction. If you are interested in serving outside the US or Internationally click here.
Have team insurance. Both the domestic and international policies are available from the WJ and they have Covid coverage. Go to the UMVIM WJ Website at https://umvimwj.squarespace.com/insurance If you have questions contact Ronda
Comply with the Safe Sanctuary/Gatherings policy of your annual conference. Contact your Conference UMVIM Coordinator for specifics. See their email address below.
Register your team. Let us know where and when you are serving. If you need any assistance we are here to help. To register go to: https://umvimwj.squarespace.com
Remember that this is God's Mission and your mission is a spiritual journey that requires prayer and devotions before, during and after you travel.
#2 Follow COVID Guidelines of the UMVIM Site or Project
Covid is not over and actually the numbers are rising. Here are some ways to keep your teams safe:
Work with your site host. Find out what the requirements are to serve. For example do the members of the team need to be vaccinated or have a negative Covid test before serving? What happens if some one comes ill with Covid during the mission, is there a place for them to be tested, quarantined, or get treatment. What are the rules for masking and social distancing for the site. How is food prepared and served? What are the sleeping arrangements?
Also, check with their local health department to see what the Covid rates are doing and if other requirements such as masking have been implemented.
It is important for us to handle Covid like other infectious diseases and take the appropriate precautions to protect both the team and your clients during the mission. If you have questions go the the https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
For more information or assistance, contact Ronda Cordill, WJ UMVIM Coordinator at email@example.com