Western Jurisdiction UMVIM Newsletter September 20, 2021

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Western Jurisdiction UMVIM Newsletter September 20, 2021


United Methodist Volunteers in Mission
Western Jurisdiction

Equipping Volunteers, Empowering Partnerships
           September 20, 2021

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

Searching for Hope

The Western Jurisdiction has faced so much this summer, but so has the rest of the country and even the world.  I chose this picture from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources as it represents what we have and continue to face in the WJ.  Weary fire fighters looking to the skies for hope and in this case the hope comes in the form of an airplane dropping fire retardant.  Hope comes in so many forms: a kind word, a smile, a phone call, food from a food pantry, prayer, a special Bible verse, your church's worship service whether in person or online.  Remember, God is our hope and He is always with us and watching over us.  Another sign of hope are the volunteers who serve on UMVIM teams in various ways like helping with the rebuilding after a wildfire or virtually.  

Through our prayers we ask for hope both for those who are suffering and for ourselves in these difficult time.  Through our giving we are providing food, disaster supplies, financial support for materials and programs that help those in need.  Finally, with our serving on UMVIM teams we are taking our LOVE and turning it into HOPE as we come along side those suffering to help rebuild those who have been affected by various disasters worldwide. 

Survivor Searching for HOPE

Long Term Recovery Sites Needing Volunteers

     The Long Term Recovery Organizations are concerned for team and client safety. 
As the CDC guidelines change click here for a copy of the latest Covid guidelines or contact your UMVIM Conference Coordinators with questions. 

Sonja Edd-Bennett retired as the California-Nevada Conference Disaster Response Coordinator.  She has done an 'awesome' job during these past years of multiple Wildfire Disasters in California-Nevada.  Best Wishes for a great retirement, Sonja. UMVIM Conference Coordinator Steve Elliott has taken additional responsibilities as disaster coordinator for the fall.  There are 2 Long Term Recovery sites accepting volunteer teams, to learn more about the rebuilding of homes in Paradise and Butte County go to the California-Nevada UMVIM website

To volunteer for either Early Response or Long Term Recovery Teams, contact Steve Elliott, 925-640-9797 or UMVIMCoordinator@calnevumc.org

Pacific Northwest
There are volunteer opportunities to serve on an UMVIM Long Term Recovery team.  The work will vary as the sites are being prepped for rebuilding homes.  For more information contact Cheryl Reagan PNW UMVIM Conference Coordinator.


UMVIM Team Leader Training

(Via Zoom)

Join the Jurisdictional Coordinators for this Team Leader Training.
Network with others across all jurisdictions as you learn the nuts and bolts of leading a team and share in discussions around mission theology, cultural competency, health and safety concerns.
Saturday, September 25
11:00am-5:00pm Eastern Time
10:00am-4:00pm Central Time
9:00am-3:00pm Mountain Time
8:00am-2:00pm Pacific Time

Here's the link to register! https://forms.gle/TfNqVhSaZATzeA5j6 

Early Response Training California-Nevada

(In person)

The Mission of an Early Response Team (ERT) is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster.  ERTs typically provide assistance after the “first responders” and before recovery and rebuilding. ERTs are assigned various tasks; usually relating to safety, mitigation of further damage to property, and cleanup tasks to assist the homeowner in preparation for rebuild. 

The Early Response Team (Basic) training class has space for 25 attendees. Cost of $20 per person includes: training manual, ID badge, t-shirt, lunch and snacks, plus $41 for Safe Gatherings online background check and Safe Sanctuaries Training ($41 to be paid online through Safe Gatherings website) www.safegatherings.com

WHERE: First UMC Sacramento 2100 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
WHEN: Saturday, September 25, 2021 8am-5pm
COST: $20 per person for ERT class. $41 for Safe Gatherings online background check and Abuse Prevention Training
INSTRUCTOR: Leslie Carmichael
Click Here to Register

Opportunities to Serve
Throughout the UM Connection

Puerto Rico

Beginning January 2022, Puerto Rico will be open to hosting United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) volunteer teams to assist in the hurricane rebuilding efforts. The island was devastated by the hurricane of 2019, but the rebuild efforts have been delayed for almost two years due to Covid-19.
Any interested teams/individuals should apply through the following link to begin to reserve dates: Intent to Serve – Volunteer Application. It should be noted that all team members will be required to be vaccinated for Covid-19 at least one month in advance of entering Puerto Rico.

For additional questions or inquiries, please contact:
Jorge Bonilla, Puerto Rico Volunteer Coordinator 787-407-4891



Security remains a major issue. Attempted kidnappings and robberies have increased in the past several weeks. Delivery by truck is problematic.  The gangs at Martissant have gone back to their normal mode of frequent roadblocks, shootings and kidnappings.  David Draeger reports that he is still able to travel to Les Cayes and Jeremie by getting up and on the road by 4:00am when most of the bad guys are sleeping. Returning in the afternoon or evening is still a major issue.  Unfortunately Martissant is a singular pinch point in the road and there is no way to avoid it.  The gangs of course know this which is why they are where they are. 

Please see the open letter to the Mountain Sky Conference UMC from Rev. James L.Gulley, retired, former Haiti Coordinator for Global Ministries/UMCOR  "Standing With Haiti Amid Quake and Storm,"

UMCOR’s response  

UMCOR is in communication with partners in Haiti and working closely with them to support emergency relief and early response efforts. 
UMCOR has awarded a grant to the Église Méthodiste d’Haiti (Methodist Church in Haiti). In coordination with local doctors and nurses, the funds will supply two medical clinics in Gebeau and Les Cayes with emergency supplies including PPE, bandages, gauze, IV fluids, and antibiotics.  
UMCOR has awarded a grant to Service Chrétien d’Haiti (SCH). The funds will supply the Les Cayes General Hospital with emergency supplies including PPE, bandages, gauze, IV fluids and antibiotics.

To donate to UMCOR's International Disaster Recovery
Use Advance # 982450

UMCOR supports Afghans in Need

After more than 40 years of wars Afghanistan is facing uncertainty about their future. Thousands of Afghans are seeking to flee violence and a fear of persecution.  Besides living in fear of the unknown, many communities across Afghanistan also facing extended drought and hunger.
Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief have long-standing partners in Afghanistan, with projects and programs dating back to the mid-1960s. That work will continue to be, in partnership with local Afghan communities, as well as with other humanitarian agencies concerned with health, community development and human rights. UMCOR is working with these partners to determine what assistance is most helpful at this time and the best avenue for ensuring humanitarian relief reaches the country. Through one project, UMCOR will provide cash assistance to displaced families residing in the Kabul area, enabling them to prioritize their most urgent needs such as food, shelter or medicine.

Those interested in supporting UMCOR’s response in Afghanistan can make gifts online at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/982450/ 



UMCOR is also prepared to assist with refugee resettlement through its partnership with Church World Service and is currently in conversation about assisting Church World Service with temporary housing for Afghan refugees. Those interested in supporting the UMCOR-CWS partnership can make gifts online at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/302214.

“The United Methodist Church is one of the denominations that helped launch Church World Service in 1945 and CWS remains UMCOR’s primary partner in refugee resettlement work,” said Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton of the New York Conference, president of UMCOR. “It is imperative that we continue this long-standing tradition as United Methodists by being active in this humanitarian effort.” 

Those interested in assisting locally in the resettlement of Afghan refugees can learn more at https://cwsglobal.org/take-action/community-sponsorship-2/.



Next Mission Volunteers Training -December
Apply Now

Are you ready to serve? Plan to attend a Mission Volunteers Training Event. 

Upcoming Training Event 
(tentatively planned for In-Person)

Dec 6-9, 2021 San Antonio, TX

To learn more about the training event, email mv@umcmission.org.

Interested in being a Mission Volunteer?
Mission Volunteer Application


Mission Volunteers

Mission Volunteers are individuals or couples (ages 18 and up), who fund themselves seeking long-term partnerships with communities around the world. Mission Volunteer opportunities are diverse and range from working with refugees, children and youth, serving as a teacher, pastor, camp director or health care professional. The length of service ranges from two months to more than two years.

Mission Volunteers are people of faith with local and/or international mission experience. Applications are reviewed by committee, and chosen applications attend a virtual interview. Selected volunteers must commit to a three-day training before leaving for their placement site. Application cycle is ongoing, with an average of two to three trainings offered per year. Applications are due two months before trainings commence.

For further details regarding the Mission Volunteer program refer to our video series below, a resource to empower and equip those called to serving in mission as long-term volunteers.



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 and  Shari Sandova
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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(925) 640-9797

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