As part of God's family, HUMC sees no boundary to service. Members serve the neighbor around the corner (as with the Ezra Ministry) and the neighbor half-way around the globe (as in the Volunteers In Mission (VIM) and Living Waters for the World teams). The Rebuilding Missions Ministry wholeheartedly welcomes anyone who has a passion for missions of this type, who enjoys leadership, or who just wants to give of their time and talents to make a difference in the lives of others. Each of the teams is led by trained Methodist VIM leaders and all have access to support from the United Methodist Church.
There are fundraising activities throughout the year to support these missions. Traditionally, there are a few major fundraisers such as the Golf Tournament, Chili cook-off and the Harvest Yard Sale each year. Individual teams may also have their own fundraising activities such as GIFT dinners and the "Buy a Part-Be a Part" campaign for Living Waters for the World.
Explore here to learn more about the past, present and future of HUMC Rebuilding Missions Ministry and their upcoming activities.
HUMC Rebuilding Mission Ministry’s Volunteers in Mission (VIM) believe that mission flows both ways. We are ALL givers and we are All receivers. We have much that we need and can learn from one another. In mission we are all transformed. The question is not simply “what do we have to offer to them” but what is it that God wants to teach me through this. We practice a mission of mutuality where all are equal and have gift to offer.
HUMC sends at least one mission group to a domestic location every year. Teams have gone all over the country (Virginia, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and more). The trips generally are for one week and include mucking out houses or rebuilding efforts. Participation by the whole congregation is encouraged through active participation and becoming part of the team going, or through supporting the mission with your gifts and prayers.
Herndon UMC has long supported mission activities around the world. Our international mission outreach program provides opportunities for service by developing and nurturing relationships with international churches and organizations.
In 2009, a team from Herndon UMC VIM visited Costa Rica with volunteers from Galilee UMC (Sterling, VA). They helped to build a Methodist church in Costa Rica with a young Pastor from a small rural town. Herndon UMC returned again to work with Pastor Eddier in 2010 and 2012. The church is located in the neighborhood of Carrillos about 30 miles north of Alajuela, which is one of the few large cities in Costa Rica. Because of HUMC congregation support we have been able to build the church foundation for their temple, paint the Sunday School hallway and bathrooms, conduct Vacation Bible School for the children, build the church driveway and bring the prayer shawls to the ladies in the congregation.
The vitality of the United Methodist Volunteers In Mission movement is alive and well at Herndon UMC! Lives are transformed and the congregation is renewed as by this "service with others" mission outreach. New relationships are developed with persons from other cultures, and traditional walls of division are torn away as they participate in hands-on involvement. Herndon UMC annually sends teams nationally (usually for disaster relief) and internationally. Past trips have included New Orleans and Costa Rica.
Learn more here about activities and trips supporting the Herndon UMC Volunteers in Mission.