team leaders: Lynnette Jordan and Jody Pratt
(as published in Methodist Church of Peru Communications)
Volunteers in Mission (VIM) is a grassroots movement within the United Methodist Church, designed to provide an official channel where Christians, laymen and clerics, can offer their skills and talents to Christian service at the local level and throughout the World through short self-managed projects.
His work includes building and renovating church facilities, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical campaigns, conducting Bible studies or the Bible School for Children and providing humanitarian aid services throughout The world. To lead a VIM team, Methodist Men and women receive certified training.
For almost ten years, VIM projects have been carried out in different ecclesial districts of the IMP, initially promoted by sister Judy Bruun of the Wisconsin Conference of the North Central jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church (NCJ-WBU). Then joined sister Jody Pratt of the Michigan conference and Lynnette Jordan of Wisconsin. Thus, different actions were developed with churches in the Lima Callao, south coast and North Coast districts, with the permission and coordination of the Episcopal office, which begin one year before the start of the new project.
The last team of volunteers on Mission (VIM), was led by sisters Jody Pratt and Lynnette Jordan, who convened 7 volunteers and 1 NCJ-WBU volunteer. Each participant contributed their registration (USD 1,000 + USD 100 for supplementary expenses) and airfare. The goal: the construction and implementation of a dining room in the Methodist Church of Independence (Lima Callao District) and the installation of a pre-fabricated module in the church on mission the Chicks (South Coast district). These projects were able to be made thanks to the money from the registration of the volunteer and the volunteers, the pro-funds activities made by the members of the team, their local churches, family and friends, as well as the donations in money and materials of the United Methodist Churches of Coldwater (church and Women’s group), Middleville (Church and Mission Committee), Courtland-Oakfield, Wyoming Park, Hartford First WBU (Endowment Board), Faith-Sheyboygan and Genesis.
In addition to the infrastructure projects, educational and recreational activities were carried out, spaces where the VIM team was able to interact with the girls and boys and women of the churches in mention and provide them with vitamins, hygiene kits, tool kits and underwear. .
It is now in each congregation to promote the maintenance and sustainability of these infrastructures, which will help to continue working in the work of the Lord.