Opportunities to Serve
Updated September 2013
There are several short-term mission opportunities in the coming weeks for Volunteers in Mission. United Methodist Volunteers in Mission is a program through the global church to help organize teams of short-term missioners with areas of need. The Outreach Purpose Area and your VIM coordinators are building a broad-based short-term mission program with opportunities locally, regionally, nationally and globally that will cover time periods of 1-14 days. Here are four upcoming opportunities.
- Oct 13-18, 2013 (6 days, Sunday-Friday)
Henderson Settlement, Frakes, KY (UM-GBGM Advance #773365)
Henderson Settlement provides basic needs for an isolated area of Appalachia in Bell County, Kentucky. This will be the third year for an FUMC team to go to Henderson. Our projects have included sorting and stocking in the thrift store, window replacement, siding, door installation, drywall hanging and finishing, waterproofing and mold mitigation. FUMC supports a long-term missionary at Henderson (Vicki Stephenson). Click here for more information.
- Fall 2013-Winter 2014 (one day TBD)
Mission Central depot, Mechanicsburg, PA (UMCOR Relief-Supply Network)
Mission Central is the mission warehouse affiliate of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church… and they are close to us. While not a UMCOR facility, Mission Central coordinates with UMCOR to respond to natural and man-made disasters with relief supplies, humanitarian goods and logistical services. The kits we assembled in response to the Haiti earthquake were delivered to Mission Central. We will assemble kits, unpack and sort donations
- Oct 26-Nov 3, 2013 (8 days Saturday-Saturday)
Hurricane Sandy relief work, Crisfield, MD (UMCOR coordinated with Catonsville UMC near Baltimore)
The project will likely include demolition and reconstruction of hurricane damaged homes. Limited space available
- Oct-Nov 2014 (about 10-14 days)
Mision Fronteres, Copacabana, Bolivia (UM-GBGM Advance #3021288)
In coordination with the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area, this team will work on construction projects, agricultural development, ESL and other culturally appropriate and need-based projects. We will share the vision for these mission trips, how they fit in the vision of missionary service in this church and how you can be a part of this ministry. Together we can be the hands and feet of Jesus in helping others, all the while showing the face of Christ to those that most need to see it.
Meal bags for children in need who attend Fairfax Villa Elementary.
Mon and Wed evenings during the school year: registration, teaching, child care/mentoring, snacks.
FACETS (Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transition Services)
Twice monthly Hot Meals preparation and delivery; other programs
FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)
Being on call to field requests for assistance; holiday family sponsorship.
FOOD PANTRY AND OUR DAILY BREAD
Quarterly food bagging (Sat) and delivery (Sun).
Nightly shelter at FUMC for one week – recreation, fellowship, meals.
Collection of new gloves, hats, scarves for men, women, and children during Advent.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Collection of gift-filled shoeboxes in November for Christmas delivery around the world.
FUMC hosts several scout troops
One-week service-oriented mission trips each summer for youth; Adult volunteers needed, too!
JEREMIAH PROJECT (ROMNEY, WV) – Junior High
- CENTER FOR STUDENT MISSIONS (BOSTON, MA) – Senior High
Twice a month trip to Fisher House to provide a “day out” for a recuperating wounded soldier and their family.
Church Financial Support + liaison for volunteer opportunities:
Church Financial and Other Support to:
Missionaries (covenant relationship; direct support)
Vicki Stephenson – Henderson Settlement – Red Bird Mission, Frakes, KY
Jacques Umembudi Akasa – Wings of Caring Aviation Ministry, Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)