“I recently went on a VIM trip to Guatemala. Although I know that mission experiences change lives and hearts, I was still struck by the effect that the trip had on those who were on their first VIM trip. As one person said, “You can see images on television all day long without those images changing you. Being here has changed how I see the world, and how I understand Jesus’ call on my life.” Because of VIM, she discovered that God was calling her away from a lifestyle of American consumerism to a life of discipleship in which she loves others with her prayers, her presence, her gifts, her witness, and her service.
As I have reflected on the impact that this trip had on her life, I am reminded of John Wesley’s observation,
One great reason why the rich, in general, have so little sympathy for the poor, is, because they so seldom visit them. Hence it is, that, according to the common observation, one part of the world does not know what the other suffers.
Sermon, “On Visiting the Sick”
I support VIM because VIM opens our eyes and hearts and enables us to share God’s love with others.”
-Rev. Harriet Bryan Harris
Senior Pastor, Salem UMC, Clarksville, TN
Ways to Partner with UMVIM:
Support UMVIM, SEJ through The Advance, the designated giving arm of the United Methodist Church.
Give Directly to UMVIM, SEJ.
**Please note that our office does not have the ability to designate funds for specific line items. All money donated will be put into the general account.**
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Please mail to:
- 100 Centerview Drive Suite 210, Birmingham, AL 35216
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More Ways to Support UMVIM, SEJ:
Pray for Project Leaders as they host volunteers to best serve their communities.
Pray for Individual Volunteers’ physical, spiritual and emotional health as they serve.
Pray for the safety of our Short-Term mission teams as they encounter Jesus by serving around the world.
Pray for Early Response and Long Term Recovery teams as they bring hope and healing to the people who have lost homes and loved ones.
Pray for UMVIM, SEJ Conference Coordinators, Board Members and Staff as they seek to live out their vision and mission.
Pray that the local churches experience health and vitality as they discern their call to service and mission.
Pray that Team Leaders will exemplify “Christian Love in Action” through their leadership.
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