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Volunteers in Mission

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Questions?

Contact Jody Pratt
Volunteers in Mission Coordinator
[email protected]
616-292-4908

Jody Pratt

Your next trip begins here

Please contact Jody Pratt, VIM, Volunteers in Michigan Coordinator, [email protected].

To register a VIM team and request insurance 

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

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Scholarships

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: [email protected]

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: prattgji09gmail.com

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 (https://www.servantministries.net/) . 

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 [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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, [email protected]


Michigan Conference Early Response Basic Training (ERT)

Training for  volunteers looking to lead or work with disaster teams in the Michigan Conference or other conferences as needed.  Certification is good for three years and individuals needing recertification can take the 10/22/22 session. 

Saturday, October 22, 20222
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location:  United Methodist Church of Ludington, 5810 Bryant Rd, Ludington, MI 49431
Trainer: Robert Freysinger 
Cost: $35 includes lunch & shirts

Registration: Please contact Jody Pratt, VIM Volunteers in Michigan Coordinator, [email protected] 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

Volunteers looking to lead or work with a team for a domestic or international experience are encouraged to attend for certification. Michigan lnternational teams are eligible for first time participant scholarships and NCJ insurance reimbursement if the team leader is VIM certified.
 
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, [email protected] to reserve a seat. Please include the following information: name, church name, birth date, address, email, phone number.

Deadline to Register: October 7, 2022

Looking for a Michigan Mission? 
Sites currently open for volunteers:

  • Cass Community (inner-city Detroit)
    Contact Sue Pethoud, [email protected]
  • Motown Mission (inner-city Detroit)
    Motown is reorganizing- please contact director email for information: Amanda Mountain, [email protected]  
  • GCCP/Newberry (rural-poverty Newberry)
    Contact Randy Hildbrant, [email protected]
  • East Winds UMC District Mission work
    East Winds Coordinator of Applied Missions, Rev Carol Blair Blouse [email protected]
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