Helping people get involved in mission is the purpose of Global Connect, according to Lucas Endicott, Missional Strategist. “Mission happens when we actually get engaged,” he said. Global connect has emphasized three areas in the past year: VIM leader training, Haiti Water Plus and emerging opportunities.
The Volunteer-in-Mission training is now an online, multi-session, dynamic training process. The four sessions are designed for people who would like to lead a VIM team into missional settings whether they are down the street or across the world or for those who just want to know more about it.
Part one teaches about the why – Why missions, why work with the Methodists. Part two is about cultural competency to help people interact in cross-cultural settings. Part three addresses where to serve, and how to organize a team. Part four is about feedback, what did you learn, what would you share with others.
The Missouri Conference is continuing to participate in the Haiti Water Plus program. In the past year, six teams from the Missouri Conference traveled to Haiti to distribute 2,900 water filters so that 15,000 Haitians have access to clean water.
The third area of emphasis is emerging opportunities to continue to expand missional involvement by Missouri Conference members. “We want to see if we can streamline our opportunities to serve. We are better when we are in mission together,” Endicott said.