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Volunteers in Mission

VIM women work project


Contact Jody Pratt
Volunteers in Mission Coordinator

Jody Pratt

Your next trip begins here

Please contact Jody Pratt, VIM, Volunteers in Michigan Coordinator,

To register a VIM team and request insurance 

Please contact Tammy Kuntz,  North Central Jurisdiction Volunteer in Mission Director, 614-325-8741,

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First-time scholarship participants are eligible for NCJ trip insurance reimbursements.

Download the scholarship criteria.

Donations are welcome for first-time international missioners ($150) and clergy grants ($500).

Please send to:
MI Volunteers Scholarship/Grant Fund
Line #4413 MI VIM
Attn: Rich Pittenger
1161 Clark Rd., Suite 212
DeWitt, MI 48820

Information: Jody Pratt, MI VIM:

Seeking a way to serve

Volunteers in Michigan serve under the North Central Jurisdiction Volunteers in Mission programs.  VIM pairs mission opportunities that match your skills and mission needs with the right training to make your ministry a success.  VIM offers both short term local mission opportunities and international projects.

Getting started

VIM works with both individuals and church groups, both experienced teams and those just getting started.  We launch teams that focus on everything from relationship building to construction, even medical and wellness.   VIM services all ages and all levels of experience. Your first call is to our Volunteer Coordinator who can guide you to the appropriate training and trips. This is critical to the safety and success of every team. VIM works with federal agencies and insurance providers to secure national and international healthcare and emergencies.

Peru 2023 Healthcare Mission

Satipo, Peru
March 3-13, 2023

Denise Schuitema, RN from Shelby UMC, staff the pharmacy for the 2021 PHC Team.

Recruiting healthcare professionals and supporting staff
Cost: $1,500 plus airfare
Max of 12 participants
Deadline: October 1, 2022
To apply contact Jody Pratt:

As of June 1, 2021, individuals must be vaccinated to enter Puerto Rico. The team will be updated if changes to these rules occur. Rehace is currently allowing only one team per location.


Guatemala Teams

Camotán, Guatemala

Friendship Church plans to send two teams per year, most likely Spring and Fall, to Camotán, Guatemala partnering with Servant Ministries ( . 

Servant Ministries  primarily serves marginalized indigenous Mayan people groups in rural Guatemala. The focus of Servant Ministry is church planting and evangelism, medical care, nutritional assistance through child sponsorship, and educational support to elementary schools through school supplies.
Servant Ministries VBS - Nov 17-26, 2022 
Servant  Ministries School Programs - Feb 23-March 4 , 2023 
Contact Cindy Fader at

2023 Rehace /Hurricane Recovery

Puerto Rico

January 15-22, 2022 seven mission volunteers traveled to Puerto Rico working with Rehace /Hurricane Recovery efforts. Team leaders Terry  Minton (Clarkston) and Jody Pratt (Middleville), organized the group from Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Replacing metal roofs, painting, and bathroom repair for homes damaged in Hurricane Maria filled the week long experience. After January 1, 2023 Rehace is looking to partner teams with local churches/ community projects as the recovery work finishes. 

Blue Water Habitat for Humanity

Port Huron, MI

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity offers year-round availability at a low cost. Volunteers ages sixteen and older are preferred. Housing and meals are available through the volunteer coordinator, Michelle Krantz:

Training Events & Upcoming Opportunities

To qualify for VIM first-time scholarships, a team must have at minimum, one trained adult. It is highly recommended for VIM Mission Journeys.  Michigan VIM trainer: Jody Pratt,

Michigan Conference Early Response Basic Training (ERT)

For individuals/team leaders looking to volunteer in response to disaster or long term recovery situations.

Saturday, October 22, 20222
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location:  United Methodist Church of Ludington, 5810 Bryant Rd, Ludington, MI 49431
Trainer: Bob Freysinger 
Cost: $35 includes lunch &shirts
Registration: Please contact Jody Pratt, VIM Volunteers in Michigan Coordinator, to reserve a seat. Please include the following information: name, church name, birth date, address, email, phone number.
Deadline to Register: October 7, 2022

Volunteer in Mission Team Leader/Team Training

Team(s) or team leaders looking to conduct a domestic or international mission experience  are encouraged to attend for NCJ certification. Michigan international teams with certified leaders are eligible for scholarship funds and insurance reimbursement. 
Saturday, October 22, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Trainer: Jody Pratt 
Cost: $25 fee covers materials and meals
Registration: Please contact Jody Pratt, VIM Volunteers in Michigan Coordinator, to reserve a seat. Please include the following information: name, church name, birth date, address, email, phone number.
Deadline to Register: October 7, 2022

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