GIVING Relationships with Each Other
Participating in a mission journey with your church or group is a great way to build relationships with those who live where you are serving, but also with your fellow teammates! We often hear stories where volunteers forged new friendships with people they have been attending church with for years, but never really knew before serving together. Strong relationships in your local church setting build a strong foundation for effective Christian service!
GIVING Relationships with the Local People
People are the heart of our mission. When a short-term team enters into the mission field, they are ambassadors of their home church, the United Methodist Church, and the missionary or project of whom they are working with. UMVIM encourages short-term missionaries to engage with the local people who live where they are serving, as it is a vital aspect of effective, caring, Christian service!
GIVING Relationships with Missionaries, Individual Volunteers, and Projects
UMVIM, SEJ is the short-term mission sending agency of the United Methodist Church. We connect mission teams with GBGM missionaries, Individual Volunteers, and UMVIM projects across the country and globe who are working in an area on a long-term basis. We emphasis the importance of entering into covenant partnerships with these people and projects by committing presence, prayers, and resources on an ongoing basis.
This year #GivingTuesday falls on December 1st, taking place after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. On December 1, 2015, United Methodist will join hands to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries to transform lives on #GivingTuesday. Every gift made online through The Advance on this day will be matched up to $1 million. (A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.) UMVIM, SEJ is Advance #901875.
Donations will start matching at midnight, CST on December 1, but in the meantime, please enjoy learning more about the heartbeat of our ministry in the days leading up to the big event! Don't hesitate to contact Landon Taylor, Church Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions at all.