Interested in leading a United Methodist Volunteer in Mission team to assist with hurricane recovery, but not sure what is involved or how to start? This is an excellent opportunity to find out what UMVIM is all about and see if this opportunity to serve is right for you.
This Team Leader training will cover topics including:
- as determining where to go
- who to talk to
- administrative procedures
- funding, insurance
- international teams
- team orientation and training
- cultural awareness
- safe sanctuaries
Registration fee is $10 for course materials; participants are asked to bring their own lunch. You can register and pay online by clicking the link above or send a check made out to "NEAC" and send it to New England Conference, UMC, P.O. Box 249, Lawrence, MA 01842-0449 Attention: Barbara Burnside.
If you’d like a copy of Global Ministries’ "A Mission Journey," its 2013 handbook to guide volunteers in mission in spiritual, cultural, and relational preparation, add $15.
About our trainers
I have taught chemistry and biology for 33 years at the University of Maine at Augusta. In 2011, I began teaching a course in global health, which includes a service trip to Haiti. In addition to my work in Haiti, my mission experiences include helping lead UMVIM teams in the Gulf Coast and volunteering in Africa as a medical and community health educator. My husband Chuck joins me on many of these volunteer adventures. During the school year, we live in Mt. Vernon, ME where I am the lay-leader of the Readfield UMC and teach Sunday School. Summers are spent on the ocean in Round Pond, Maine where we enjoy boating and catching sharks to tag. I love calculating just about anything and find great joy in chalk lines!
Originally from Newport, RI, I retired from being a nuclear engineer in the Navy in 2000 and moved to Maine. I have been teaching high school Physics at Kents Hill School since 2001 and am currently living in Topsham, ME where my wife, Rev. Dr. Karen Munson serves the Brunswick United Methodist Church. I have been involved in mission work since 1986 where I received my introduction working with Habitat for Humanity. Over the past several years, I have helped lead several trips to the Gulf region for hurricane relief efforts, performed ERT functions for Hurricane Sandy and participated in several Habitat builds. When not teaching, I can frequently be found working with mission groups and doing individual mission work at my favorite place in Maine, Camp Mechuwana.