Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mission Highlight: VIM Training in South Africa

The Methodist Church of South Africa hosted Ms. Una Jones from the General Board of Global Ministries and Ms. Paulette West from United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, Southeastern Jurisdiction November 4-12, 2013 for a Project Coordinators’ Training. Clergy and Lay Representatives from Africa University, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe participated and shared ideas for coordinating projects and hosting volunteers.
Among the topics discussed, Ms. Jones and Ms. West shared the importance of becoming an Advance Project, remaining transparent in record-keeping, communicating with leadership and volunteer teams, and Global Ministries/VIM networks.
A few goals were to always mentor someone to replace you, share skills, build relationships, and host teams effectively.
The Reverend Joseph Washington, Global Ministries Regional Executive, led devotions each day and the Closing Communion Service.
During the breaks of the trainings, Ms. West was able to chat with the participants and in the following interviews, you will hear how volunteer teams can serve.
If you would like to follow up and wish to serve in the areas, please email with the name of the country/ies with which you would like to build a relationship.

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