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Serving Around the World
Our hymn, "Jesu, Jesu", reminds us that "neighbors are near and far away". The United Methodist Church is tied to mission projects all over the world, which offers us many opportunities to serve and to give funds beyond our local area.
Imagine No Malaria
A previous multi-year program, "Nothing But Nets", served to facilitate the purchase of mosquito nets to cover beds in Africa to prevent malaria.
This has been replaced by more comprehensive program Imagine No Malaria. This not only continues the funding to purchase nets to cover beds in Africa, it provides a more complete program emphasizing Education, Distribution, Communication and Treatment.
Teams, organized within the (state) Conferences of our churches, work on early response and major cleanup after disasters these teams are not "First Responders"). These disasters range from local flooding to tornadoes or hurricanes. There is special training required for this volunteer work, including renewal every 4 years.
The training includes Safe Sanctuary training.
For more information, contact the Minnesota Disaster Coordinator, Heather Klason, or talk with Bob Lange in our church. Bob is a member of the Minnesota U.M. team.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the mission agency of the United Methodist Church. All money given to specific relief efforts such as Philippines Typhoon Recovery and Midwest Flooding go directly to provide what people need. No money designated for relief is spent on administrative costs; that money is raised by United Methodists members in their congregations and well as through the "One Great Hour of Sharing" offerings.
We support Ardell and Gordon Graner who are United Methodist Missionaries; they are located in the Dominican Republic. (See www.granerfamily.org) As part of this relationship, we promise financial support each year. In the Fall of 2010, some of our members served at Tiu Rancho with Gordy and Ardell. In addition, several members of our church went to Belize in January 2012 to help build a school in Belmopan, the capitol.
Links to Other Areas of Serving
Volunteers In Mission (VIM)
This consists of the work and other volunteer time provided by many teams going to United Methodist mission sites. The destination might be local, in other states, or International. Select those news items that interest you. For information on specific destinations and teams, look at the NCJ-VIM website (NCJ is the North Central Jurisdiction region, this consists of Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio).
If you wish to be receive the NCJ Email Newsletter about VIM Opportunities, you can sign-up for it at that website, www.umvimncj.org
You can also find valuable information on other Volunteer Opportunities in United Methodist Missions here. One such program is "Individual Volunteers". These are commitments of two to six months in duration; opportunities are in countries throughout the world and some locations in the U.S.
Serving Locally Service in missions and nonprofit organizations located in the Twin Cities area and in Minnesota.
680 Mississippi St.
Fridley, MN 55432