Louisiana Volunteers in Mission


Currently, a team of volunteers representing administrative functions and geographical mission areas runs our organization. All mission-minded volunteers are welcome to be a part of this group. If you are interested in helping in any capacity, please call (225) 346-1646. 

LAVIM had set aside funds again this year for Grants to Mission Teams. A few things to note:

  1. These grants will be for material support ONLY! We are not offering individual scholarships or paying for travel expenses.
  2. We will give preference to teams that are being led by a first-time trained team leader, serving at a location where LA teams have not previously served and/or purchases of supplies or equipment that can be used by future groups.
  3. The maximum grant available is $500 per mission.

Please submit your application at least 2 months prior to leaving on the mission. This way we have time to make decisions and get the money to your team before you leave. Apply online at http://www.la-umc.org/grantapplication


Established in 1996, the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission program organized a grass-roots movement of dedicated volunteers who were already serving their communities locally, nationally and internationally. Since then, countless people have been equipped and connected in a variety of projects including teaching, construction, evangelism and medical treatment.

Above all, the purpose of Volunteers in Mission (VIM) is to share the love of God in ways that make a Christian difference.

The administration of this program is organized by United Methodist conferences under the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. The Louisiana Conference encompasses the entire state, but volunteers are not required to be Methodists or to live in Louisiana. The only essentials are a willing spirit for putting love into action and openness to serve in cultural context.


As a mission resource, Louisiana Volunteers in Mission (LAVIM) offers team leader training, recruitment, contacts for insurance and travel arrangements, suggested paperwork, and connections to domestic and international projects. Please browse the links to the right for more details or call (225) 346-1646.


Would you like an experienced mission team leader or a United Methodist missionary to share their adventures with your church or group? Please email: lavim@la-umc.org


If you are interested in finding out more about efforts in specific mission areas (i.e. Cambodia, Haiti, Cuba, India, Mexico, Russia, Early Response Teams), find representatives that can help you find a team or build a team to serve in one of those places where our brothers and sisters in Christ need our help. For more information, please call (225) 346-1646 or email lavim@la-umc.org