October 5, 2010
Chair Tony Rowell opened the meeting of 23 people with prayer. Tony’s devotion was about being
asked on his most recent mission trip to Colombia to build a soccer field on the side of a mountain,
and how what seems impossible to us is not to God.
Bob Sargent is recruiting folks to have a devotional for each meeting. Please let Bob know if you
are interested in participating in this monthly effort. He can be reached at
Tony remarked that frequently we in UMVIM are asked how to best serve and what individuals can
do to help. His response is to do Health Kits. They can be done by folks of all ages and the kits
are a great project for the UMW and youth groups. Since the earthquake in Haiti three trailers
have been taken to MERCI full of health kits. Quick calculations are that is about 25,000 kits.
Tony announced that the next team leader training will be on October 23 at St. Andrew by the Sea
in Hilton Head. Bobby stated that as of tonight there are 18 folks signed up to attend. When
mentioned that members will be trained in Safe Sanctuary as well as team leader skills and cultural
awareness questions arouse about Safe Sanctuary. It was decided to put on our UMVIM website a
most frequently asked questions category in hopes of answering questions.
Three future teams are in need of members:
Nick Elliott to Haiti Jan 11-20, 2011
Jim Smith to Haiti Jan 31-Feb 9, 2011
Neil Vander Linden to Cuba I April, 2011
Mary Carolyn Watson requested if you have any articles you wish printed in our newsletter “The
VIM” please send your stories to Mary Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Bud Antley reported that the next container to Haiti is ready to be shipped. Bud also told the
group that there is a new sign out in front of the warehouse “UMVIM Warehouse”. Many thanks
Hal Crosswell will be taking a team to Jeremie Eye Clinic in Feb. and will also look at Petionville for
the Bishop of Haiti as a possible new location for an eye clinic.
Tony reported that the state disaster coordinators will meet on October 28.
There being no further business, the group joined hands and the meeting was adjourned with a
prayer by Nick Elliott. As we circled up, as is our custom, we were reminded that our most
recent member to rest in peace, Clarence “Red” Williams started the tradition.