The primary purpose of the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) is to live out their faith by serving on short-term projects to create long term relationships with communities throughout the world. Volunteers are lay, clergy, young, old, have different abilities and vocations.
- Jesus said, “Go and serve”. Get your feet dusty.
- Make a meaningful difference in the life of someone in need.
- Renew your faith.
- Work and worship alongside your brothers and sisters whose faith withstands the trials of poverty and major disasters.
- Expand your awareness of how other people survive in the world.
What UMVIM offers is the CONNECTION:
- The connection with people and places that have asked for help.
- The connection with other UMVIM teams and people who have answered the call to mission.
- The link for us to build bridges, develop relationships, through cross-cultural experiences.
- The training for teams to go and serve God where they are called.
VIM Teams SERVE by helping with:
- Outreach ministries to people who are homeless, hungry, or in poverty;
- Medical and dental needs
- Construction, repair homes, schools, hospitals, churches especially after a disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake;
- Assisting with programs for children and youth, e.g., Vacation Bible Schools;
- Teaching and tutoring, vocational skills such as sewing, farming, or other school work;
- Disasters both through Early Response Teams (ERT) and Long Term Recovery (LTR) Teams
Links to national and international mission opportunities are:
or contact your PNW Conference Coordinators.
Sites where VIM Teams from the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference have served
- International Sites: Congo (DRC), Kenya, Liberia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica, Cambodia, Philippines.
- US Sites: Alaska (Galena Long Term Recovery and Nomads), West UMCOR Depot, Sager Brown UMCOR Depot, Red Bird Mission, San Francisco, and Hawaii, L.A.S.T in Portland.
- Sites within the Conference: Our local communities such as White Swan (Yakima Reservation), Conference Camps, various Long Term Recovery Sites after a disaster including recent wildfires.