Three-day trainings, offered in September and December, will prepare those accepted into the Mission Volunteers program for long-term service in the U.S. and around the world.
June 21, 2021 | ATLANTA
Global Ministries is hosting two trainings for those selected to serve as Mission Volunteers with The United Methodist Church and its ecumenical partners. The trainings are tentatively scheduled to be in-person gatherings and will take place September 27-30 in Atlanta, GA, and December 6-9 in San Antonio, TX.
Those eligible to serve as Mission Volunteers are individuals or couples (ages 18 and older) who seek long-term partnerships with communities around the world. They should have local and/or international mission experience and must be willing to fund themselves. Length of service can range from two months to more than two years.
Attending a training is required for those who have applied and been accepted to serve as Mission Volunteers. Although the application is open year-round, applications must be submitted by the end of July to guarantee participation in the upcoming September training or by the end of October for the December training.
“The training equips volunteers with a deeper understanding of Global Ministries’ theology of mission and provides a solid foundation for service, wherever their matching placement site may be,” says Una Jones, director of Mission Volunteers for Global Ministries.
Matthew and Jennifer Wilke, volunteers who recently served in Tanzania, echo the importance of training: “The training was invaluable. It taught us about respecting the culture of the country you are going into, building trust, and not trying to change things.”