Volunteers In Mission

United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) is a grassroots movement within The United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel whereby Christians, both lay and clergy, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term assignments at their own expense.

Their work includes construction and renewing of mission facilities, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical clinics, conducting Bible study or Bible School for children, and serving in disaster relief efforts around the world.

 

Frank Rojas, VIM Coordinator

The Office of Outreach Vitality, Mission Vitality Center of the Rio Texas Annual Conference welcomes the service of Frank Rojas as the Rio Texas Conference Volunteer-In-Mission (VIM) Coordinator. Frank is a long-time active member of Bethany UMC, Austin. He has directed United Methodist Army Youth mission teams as well as VIM trips to Cuba. Frank brings to this work a heart and passion for missions, social justice, and great interest in the organizational development of Volunteer-In-Mission ministry in the conference.

A volunteer position, the VIM Coordinator serves as a focal point for equipping disciples in growing in relationships and partnerships with communities around the world; growing partnerships between UMC and agencies that are active in local communities; and aiding church teams grow “In Mission Together” (50/50) events that leverage assets in local communities and bless all involved by developing strong collaborative partnerships. The vision is that missions are directly linked to each member’s calling and their discipleship walk with God. This work will be carried out by the conference VIM committee composed of VIM coordinators from each district. 

To learn more about the In Mission Together process, see: www.umvim.org

For more information on how to get started contact Frank Rojas at frank6591@gmail.com / 512.422.0210. 

 

 

Rio Texas Youths passionate about missions should attend UMVIM Leadership Training

Youth that have participated in student mission trips throughout the years are invited to join any of the Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Leader Training sessions occurring around the conference. All volunteers (youth adult) interested in mission leadership are encouraged to join one of the sessions.

Youth will take their passion and skills learned during student mission trips and apply it to greater opportunities in Rio Texas, nationally and abroad. The UMVIM Team Leader training event is the start of a lifestyle whereby Christians, adults and students, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world. The training event provides the theological foundation for missional living while learning the skills to partner and be culturally sensitive to the needs of those we serve. Missional life is about God's mission in the world and my include construction, renewing of mission facilities, feeding, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical clinics, conducting Bible study or Bible School for children, and serving in disaster relief efforts around the world. This training is one avenue for these teens to develop spiritual leadership and missional focus to guide tomorrow’s church.

In addition, Rio Texas is partnering with UM ARMY as they provide youth camps to help Harvey relief in League City, Edna and LaGrange -- see UMARMY.org

 

 

 

 

 

 Suggested Resources

 

When Helping Hurts, Corbett & Fikkert
Toxic Charity, Robert D. Lupton

These books share common elements of poverty alleviation efforts that cause unintended harm. They also discuss concrete ways to alleviate poverty without causing harm to those we serve and to our ministries themselves.

 

Unchristian,
David Kinnaman

Discusses the negative perceptions those outside of church hold of those within,and what we can do to change those perceptions.

The Beauty of Partnership,
Werner Mischke

Explores steps we can take to develop healthy partnerships with those we serve with throughout God’s diverse world.

 

Cross Cultural Servanthood, Duane Elmer
Serving with Eyes Wide Open, David Livermore

These books focus on how to enter a vastly different culture with care and grace.

 

A Mission Journey, Global Ministries

This handbook helps us examine ways we can strengthen ourselves
as disciples before, during, and after mission experiences.

Lead Like Jesus, Blanchard & Hodges

What does it mean to be a leader?
How can our leadership please God?
This book explores Jesus’ ministry to find how we can be strong leaders
who follow God’s purpose for our lives.