United Methodist Volunteers in Mission

January 05, 2021

Mission Updates 

Happy New Year! 2020 was certainly an unusual year with many things that we wish would have been different. What would you change for 2021 to make this a better year? What would you do to shine Christ's light brightly all year long? In each edition of Monday's Mission Updates, we'll share with you opportunities and inspiration for ways to engage locally and globally with people who want to create a fair and just world.

This week, we have an upcoming opportunity for young adults and virtual training to help prepare you to serve. Read on here!

Global Mission Fellow Applications Due

The Global Mission Fellow program is for young adults, ages 20-30, who want to work in social justice ministries for two years, working with people around the world to help address the issues of public health (including HIV/AIDS), migration/immigration, education, and poverty. The deadline to apply for the International track is January 7, 2021. You can find the application and more information here.

Winter Mission Academy 

Registration now open for online training
The virtual Winter Mission Academy will be held February 1-12. All classes will be online and most will take place from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Central Time. The event is being hosted by the South Central and Western Jurisdictions and is open to everyone! Here are the courses being offered next month:
  • The Theology of Mission
  • Virtual Missions
  • Doing Mission Locally
  • Migrant Ministries
  • Blue Sky Time: Disaster Preparedness 
  • Team Leader Training (3 segments--registration for all 3 is encouraged)
  • Ministry of Care
  • Long-Term Recovery
To see the complete schedule of the Winter Mission Academy and to register for the courses click here. After registering, you will receive an email with the Zoom link for the trainings.

To register for the Team Leader Refresher course (Saturday, February 6, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Central Time), please click here. This course is offered by Matt Lacey of the Southeast Jurisdiction and has a separate registration.

A gardener friend of mine once told me that after all the holiday festivities were over and the decorations were put away, she looked forward to settling in on cold January days to pore over seed catalogs that would now begin arriving in the mail. She would begin planning her garden and imagining the great things that would sprout up from the tiny seeds she planted in the rich soil.

What great things is God planting in you for 2021? What can you envision nurturing and growing in your local community or with others around the world? We're here to help you however we can. Drop us an email with any questions or just to share your mission plans for this New Year!

See you in the mission field--

Karen Distefano
SCJ UMVIM & Disaster Response Director
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