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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Future VIM Teams

    Home rebuilding mission trip seeks volunteers

    The Immanuel United Methodist Church is planning to support a team of skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled workers to help with home rebuilding projects from April 17-22, 2017 in the West Virginia area. Every person will be paired with someone who knows about the assigned task, and nobody will be asked to do anything they do not want to do or is unsafe. The nature of the project won’t be determined until close to the departure date.

    The Immanuel UMC will host an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10. For more information, please contact Mike Block at (315) 491-0497 or Forms must be submitted before March 20. Click here for more information about this mission trip.

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    Zimbabwe July 2017

    The UNY 2017 UMVIM team to Zimbabwe is forming now! The dates are not completely set, but will be in July of 2017. We will be visiting Africa University as well as spending time at Mutambara Methodist Mission, doing light construction projects, participating in activities in the preschool and primary school, and working on sewing & cooking projects with the pregnant women who stay there for a month awaiting delivery of their babies. Lower age limit is 16 unless accompanied by a parent or grandparent; there is no upper age limit, but members do need to be in good health and mobile. Estimated cost is $3500, all inclusive.

    The initial team meeting will be Aug. 27, 10am, at the Port Byron UMC, and will be an introductory meeting - attendance does not commit you, but allows you to explore this opportunity to be in  mission. If you have questions, feel free to contact Sylvia Reimer, 315-778-5074 or

    Volunteers in Mission team to Nicaragua – March 2017

    A VIM opportunity in Nicaragua is being planned for late March – early April 2017.  The team will work with Accion Medica Cristiana (Christian Medical Action/ AMC).  Our UM missionary, Belinda Forbes, DDS, is our primary contact person. She and her agency, AMC, work with the “poorest of the poor” in this beautiful country, which is the second poorest in our hemisphere.  The tasks of the team have not yet been determined, but they will include projects that will improve the lives of some of the people in Nicaragua.  Possible projects might be construction of a pharmacy or community center, health education, assisting with dental care, or painting a clinic building.  Hands-on, direct medical care will not be one of the projects. Team members will also have the opportunity to form relationships with the warm, friendly people with whom they work. 

    The team/s will be jointly sponsored by the Jonesville UMC and First UMC, Schenectady.  Details have not yet been determined. There might be options to go for either 10 days or 2 weeks.  Cost will be approximately $2000--$2500.  This amount includes airfare, food, transportation in the country, lodging, translator fees – everything except souvenirs. Scholarship aid is often available.

    If you are at all interested in being part of this opportunity and would like to receive information as details are worked out, contact Amy Pelc at or 518-698-5024 or Cindy Schulte at or 518-374-3012 or Jan or Peter Huston at or 518-399-0919.  Replying to this is not a commitment – just an indication of interest in learning more.  Please also share any concerns or questions you have when you reply.

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."