Volunteers in Mission (VIM)

Does the idea of serving spark a passion in you?  Are you feeling God calling you to step outside of the places you know well and put your faith into action in a new community?  If so, our Volunteer in Mission (VIM) leader Mel Merritt would like to connect with you and talk about upcoming service opportunities.  Email Mel to get connected.

Volunteers in Mission (VIM) is a United Methodist mission organization that aims to put Christian love into action.  Across the nation, local congregations establish VIM teams to take on local, national and international short-term mission opportunities that include construction, educational and community missions. You can learn more about VIM across the US here.

Since 1989, dozens of VIM teams have been sent out from SPUMC into communities all over the world.  The church sent its first VIM team to Grenada in April of 1989 to rebuild a local church.  Since then, we’ve served in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, downtown Baltimore, the gulf coast of Mississippi, Zimbabwe, Alaska, Nashville, Alabama, Jamaica, Moscow, South Dakota, Louisiana, Guatemala, Utah, North Carolina, Belize and more.  In many of these communities we’ve worked with locals to build or rebuild churches, schools and homes.  We’ve also invested in Children’s education and Vacation Bible School programs.

At SPUMC, VIM trips are open to anyone who wants to serve God. We work hard to make mission trips affordable to all active participants in the life of the church. Your first trip with VIM will be covered by our church because we believe that when we serve together, God changes lives. If you’d like to get involved, contact Mel to find out when the next VIM trip takes place. We’d love to have you join us!

Want to help but can’t travel? Our VIM team sponsors a giant garage sale twice a year, and always needs volunteer to make it a success. Check out the Garage Sale page to learn more!