Volunteers in Mission & Disaster Response: Aug. 5, 2016

For information on any Volunteers In Mission (VIM) project, contact the individual listed or Byron Mann, Conference VIM coordinator: vim@arumc.org or 870-826-0268. For Disaster Response (DR) projects, contact Byron or Janice Mann, DR co-coordinators: disaster@arumc.org or 870-703-8359 (Janice). On Facebook, join the group “Volunteers in Mission & Disaster Response – Serving Arkansas & Beyond” for updates.

Registration now open for Mission Academy at Mount Sequoyah; training for individuals, teams in VIM, Disaster Response work
Registration has opened for the South Central Jurisdiction’s Mission Academy, set for Sept. 11-14 at Mount Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center in Fayetteville. It will include instruction from United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, as well as disaster response training from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The Academy provides excellent opportunities for preparing individuals and teams to serve wherever they are needed. To learn more or to register, visit www.scjumc.org/mission/academy.

Seeking help, donations for Southeast Arkansas flood recovery
With recent flooding in McGehee, Lake Village, Crossett, Dermott and other locations in the southeast part of the state, Volunteers in Mission teams will soon be needed to repair flood-damaged homes. To sign up your church’s team to help, contact Byron or Janice Mann at the phone numbers or email addresses above.

Funds are also needed to make these repairs possible. Send checks marked “Disaster Response” to Arkansas Conference UMC, 800 Daisy Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202; or give online at www.arumc.org/arkansas-disaster-response using the button on the right-hand sidebar.

Cuba mission opportunities through Arkansas VIM
Sponsor a child for a Bible School in the rapidly growing Methodist Church in Holguin, Cuba. For $5, purchase a Bible School T-shirt for a child to wear over and over. For $10, add a Bible that they will read and cherish. Gifts of $15 would cover snacks for the six-session Bible School, as well. A $20 gift includes a T-shirt, Bible, snacks and crafts for one child. Follow-up photos provided.
If your church or group would like to plan a mission to Cuba, contact Nechi Fullerton, 501-766-8151 or nefullerton@yahoo.com. Fullerton has made seven visits to the Methodist Church in Cuba over the past three years, leading three UMVIM teams and staying two months last fall in the Catedral de Holguin.

To keep up with these and future opportunities in Cuba, visit “Arkansas Methodist-Cuba Metodista Connection” and “Catedral Metodista de Holguin” on Facebook.