Western Jurisdiction UMVIM Newsletter July 20, 2022

Western Jurisdiction UMVIM Newsletter July 20, 2022

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Western Jurisdiction UMVIM Newsletter July 20, 2022

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission - Western Jurisdiction
Equipping Volunteers, Empowering Partnerships
July 20, 2022


DSW Youth "It's Their Mission"  SW Colorado  

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 umvimwj@gmail.com


Summer UMVIM Mission Academy

The 2022 Summer Mission Academy takes place July 25-30. Our focus for this academy is Team Leader Training. If you have not ever completed Team Leader training, or if it has been more than 5 years since you last led a team, sign up for the Team Leader Training. The Team Leader Training is each day Monday-Friday, July 25-29 at 5 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Central / 3 p.m. Mountain / 2 p.m. Pacific.
If you have been leading teams within the last 5 years but maybe it's been awhile since you took the class, you might need a refresher course! Sign up for the Saturday Team Leader Refresher. This course is Saturday, July 30, at 10 a.m. Eastern / 9 a.m. Central / 8 a.m. Mountain / 7 a.m. Pacific.
Each day's session is scheduled to last 60-90 minutes.  Click here to register.


A Virtual Mission Journey to Kenya

     Maua Methodist Hospital
Reproductive Healthcare ICU
School of Health Sciences

Maua Methodist Hospital is located 300kms northeast of Nairobi, just
beyond the Equator, in the Nyambene Hills of the Central Highlands.
During our time together you will have an updated tour of the hospital and
meet some of the people that serve there. The focus of this Virtual
Mission will be on Reproductive Health/Maternity Care, the new ICU and its
importance and the School of Health Sciences.

Dates: August 29, 31 & September 1

Time: 8:00-9:30am PDT/9:00-10:30am MDT/10:00-11:30am CDT/11:00-12:30 EDT/6:00-7:30pm Kenya time
To register, click here.

For more information, please contact Louise Kienzle at umvim@umoi.org
or Gabby Hukill at grhukill@gmail.com



What's New:  
  • OKANOGAN LONG TERM RECOVERY (PNW) is needing help.  They are looking for people to paint doors and floor trim before they are needed on site.  This can be a 1,2, or 3 day job for you or your team.   All MATERIALS are provided.  We just need PEOPLE to help "Get R Done"  The workshop will be set up in Omak.  Contact Cheryl Reagan the UMVIM Conference Coordinator at cherylreagan.umvim@gmail.com or Aimee, the Okanogan LTR Volunteer Coordinator at ocltrgvc@gmail.com
Teams are also needed through out the summer for home rebuilding.  
Click Here to Contact Cheryl for more information. 
  • Cal/Nevada Wildfire Rebuilding Mission - See the News Article: 
"Camp Fire Mission Trip – Making a Difference"
Camp Fire Mission Trip – Making a Difference

Rewarding work, Christian comradery, and making a difference – the perfect formula for a successful mission trip. The last week in June, a team from three East Bay churches (Asbury UMC in Livermore, Lynnewood UMC in Pleasanton and San Ramon Valley UMC in Alamo) traveled to Paradise, California to help with rebuilding from the Camp Fire.  Read More
Teams are Needed for the Following Sites:  
Town of Paradise. We are assisting with homes for those who cannot afford to build themselves. For more details - California-Nevada Conference of The UMC | California - Rebuilding Homes in Paradise and Butte County (cnumc.org)

Happy Camp, California. West of Yreka in far Northern California. We are rebuilding homes lost in the 2020 Slater Fire. For more information - California-Nevada Conference of The UMC | California - Slater Wildfire Home Rebuilding - Siskiyou County (cnumc.org)
Contact Steve Elliott Cal/Nev UMVIM Conference Coordinator for more information


Opportunities to Serve and Support Immigration Efforts

AIDNW:  Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest  

Large numbers of asylum seekers are being brought from the southern border to Tacoma and released from the detention center—15 – 25 people each day. ICE has told AIDNW that this is expected to continue through the Summer. This is double the average number of guests normally served at the AIDNW Welcome Center.

Our volunteers are working in shifts at the AIDNW Welcome Center from 2:30 to 7 PM Monday through Friday and sometimes later, helping guests plan travel all over the country to reach their family members.
This uptick in guests is straining our resources, and ICE has told us that this level of releases is expected to continue indefinitely.  We need:  Volunteer drivers,  Welcome Center volunteers, Backpacks.

To volunteer please fill out a volunteer application here LINK .  To donate backpacks or other needed supplies, or funds to assist our operations, please see our Amazon wish list  and donation link details:  aidnw.org/how-to-donate.

Checks can be sent to our office at 1915 Sheridan Ave Tacoma, WA 98405.



What a Difference a Day Makes…
What a Difference Teamwork Makes In Cal/Pacific

Amazing things are happening with our local outreach to asylum seekers and immigrants from many parts of the world – but only through an extraordinary commitment from many volunteers.

Read this wonderful story of Volunteers in Mission  Click here
We look forward to more volunteers coming. We’ve had well over 100 committed workers and teams—especially a huge shoutout to Desert Southwest Annual Conference, which sent us teams for almost a whole month. While most of our volunteers come for a day at a time, they often come back on several different days.
Please contact Judy Lewis (909.731.8248) if you and your friends would like to spend some time with us on the beautiful CST campus with our most delightful guests or if you can provide transportation for medical or other appointments. Also, if you have Safe Sanctuary (or similar) and a background check, we would welcome you into the children’s areas. It is wonderful for them to have so many caring adults. Children’s Disaster Services has provided a team for 2 hours weekly. Those teachers are all trained for trauma in addition to shelter work.
The Cal-Pac Disaster Response Task Force is so grateful for the positive response to the asylum seekers who have faced a humanitarian disaster necessitating them to leave their homes. And a shoutout to Global Missions, who provided us with our Mission Volunteers. Good job!


The Inn of Arizona

    The Inn of Arizona is experiencing larger numbers of guests on a daily basis. If you can help please volunteer at the link below.  Your work is invaluable and is what keeps the Inn’s doors open to welcoming our guests.  The work needed is providing hospitality, help with meal prep and delivery, fundraising, or to drive guests to the (Inn) hotel, bus station or the airport, we need and would greatly appreciate your assistance! Providing hospitality, with guidance from the Inn staff, is rewarding and satisfying, whether delivering support onsite or helping with transportation. Guests have been screened and are Covid-19 negative before proceeding to our hotel site. In addition, we follow all Covid protocol while transporting and on premises. To Volunteer:  go to the The Inn of Southern Arizona website (www.theinnofsa.org) and you will learn more about the program.  There is a great video on the home page as well.  

To Donate:  click on this link. The Inn - Online Donation Form - Desert Southwest Conference (dscumc.org).

· A donation of $50 provides an entire family a clean, comfortable room and meals for a night. Most families only stay one or two nights before moving on to their destinations.

·The Inn’s costs are at least $600 a day for shelter alone.     

      We are especially grateful for those who sustain giving every month; this helps greatly in planning for the future.

THANK YOU FOR All YOUR SUPPORT OF THESE Western Jurisdiction Programs


Mission Volunteers

Application and more information is here.



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


Alaska Don Olson
California-Pacific Doug & Judy Lewis
California-Nevada Steve Elliott
Mountain Sky Rev Kenneth Daniell
Desert Southwest Mike & Lorraine Eyer
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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