Join us in making Volunteers in Mission Service possible for all God's people!
Everyone is called to serve in some way and be a part of God's mission in the world. In the United Methodist Church, we call those who serve in the mission field short-term "Volunteers in Mission." These are regular Christians who travel to serve locally, nationally, or globally for times ranging from1 day or 1-3 weeks as a witness for Jesus Christ. They are students, working people, parents, retirees, pastors, grandparents, plumbers, and PhDs. It could even be you someday!
Not everyone who is called and willing to serve has the financial means to answer that call on their own. Each person makes a sacrifice in going but the church is called to be the group that sends its people out.
Your giving or support VIMships is part of the church's witness and multiplies the impact of one person's gift of their time and talents (and often their income from the time away or their vacation time.) Group funding lets people know that a church stands behind the work of a team or individual and there is an unseen communion of saints praying for the people we serve. When people hear that many immediately wonder, why would strangers care enough to give money to send someone else here, to know me or help my family? And that is the best question that a VIM team can hear because, no matter what kind of service they are offering,it is always for the purpose of sharing the love of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
Mission Travel Do you love to travel? Are there places that you feel called to see to explore God's world, peoples, and expressions of faith? In partnership with Collette Travel, Mission VIMpossible will offer opportunities for you to engage in spiritual formation through travel that will also support VIMships and enable others to serve. While some offer free travel as an incentive, we will offer you the opportunity to give others an opportunity to serve God as an incentive!
2017 Mission VIMpossible Pilgrimage: On the Trail of Martin Luther
Join us April 19 - 30, 2017 on the trail of Martin Luther. The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Luther's Ninety-Five Theses and a major turning point in the Protestant Reformation. The group will visit sites relating to Luther's life and ministry, Christian history, including the Gutenberg Museum, as well as sites connected to Wesleyan history, such as the Moravian community at Herrnhut. Free time opportunities will offer a chance to see the UMC ministries in Germany, our East German Partnership and their part in refugee response. The cost of $3,999 includes airfare, in-country transportation, 12 days double-occupancy at 3 star hotels, 10 breakfasts and 5 dinners. Participants on this spiritual pilgrimage will not only grow in their view of the Protestant Church, past and present, but Collette will also support Volunteer-in-Mission Scholarships to help strengthen the church of the future. Only 32 seats are available so reserve one now!
Learn more on May 24th at 6:30pm as the tour company, Collette, will offer a webinar to walk you through the itinerary, answer questions, and explain how to get $100 off the total cost. Sign up for the webinar here.
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