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Individual Volunteer Orientation in Nickerson, Nebraska, March 5-8, 2009

Individual Volunteer Orientation in Nickerson
Front row: Claudia Van Deusen, Peg Jennings, MacKenzie Beukelman, Reggie Fineran, RiRi Win, Nancy Eubanks. 2nd row: Debbie Vest, Landon Taylor, Sarah Eggers, Dennis Hanneman, Ken Fineran, Lisa Maupin, Dave Jennings, Andrea Paret, U Kyaw Win, Elli Larrieu.

An Individual Volunteer training session was held from March 5 to 8, 2009 at Camp Fontenelle, Nickerson, Nebraska for 13 persons. Potential work sites are Sager Brown UMCOR Depot (Baldwin, Louisiana), Chile, Sierra Leone and South Africa.

Nancy Eubanks and Landon Taylor of the Mission Volunteers unit of the General Board of Global Ministries were joined by Lisa Maupin, Nebraska United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Coordinator, and Debbie Vest, South Central Jurisdiction UMVIM Director, to lead the training.

They discussed what it means to be an Individual Volunteer, possible medical issues and how to handle them, cultural differences, and practical matters of being in mission.

On Saturday afternoon, the group took a tour of Omaha to visit The Blue Flamingo Thrift Store, several BIG Gardens projects, and Soul’s Desire.

The Blue Flamingo is an outreach ministry of Heartland Urban Ministries Center, organized by Dietz United Methodist Church for the purpose of serving people in their community. It sells a variety of gently used goods, books, clothing, vintage items and Fair Trade items.

BIG Gardens project is a series of community gardens located in Omaha which help to empower neighbors to grow nutritious food, build community partnerships, improve their health and start small businesses.

A visit to Soul’s Desire for books, hospitality, and holy hardware was the finale in seeing just a few of the UMC ministries in Omaha. The group’s tour guide was Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede, pastor of Dietz UMC.

The next Individual Volunteer training will be held in Cleveland, Ohio at Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland, on April 16-19, 2009. For more information, please contact Nancy Eubanks at nteubanks@gmail.com.