CONNECT is an annual event hosted by United Methodist Volunteers In Mission, Southeast Jurisdiction (UMVIM, SEJ). A tradition for over 28 years, CONNECT allows participants to share experiences, gain insight and resources, and network with missionaries and project leaders. Whether it is through the variety of workshops offered, the diversity of the keynote speakers, or the Christ-centered worship services, CONNECT seeks to provide practical tools to equip persons seeking to serve God through short-term mission.
Whether participants are novices or veteran missioners, CONNECT 2008 will act as a springboard for participants to be agents for change by providing a place to INFORM (educational workshops and speakers), INSPIRE (incredible worship and daily Bible studies), and INTERACT (Projects with a Purpose). Whatever your mission interest--team/individual, domestic/international, medical/disaster response)--CONNECT is a great place to begin your mission experience!
CONNECT will feature keynote speakers Dr. Lester Spencer, Board of Directors President for United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, SEJ; Bishop James Swanson, Sr., Holston Conference; Rev. Chris Stockwell-Goering, Missionary Interpreter for SEJ; and Dr. Henry Perry, founder of Curamericas and professor within Future Generations.
Workshops will be offered on a wide variety of mission topics, including: Families in Mission, Cultural Sensitivity, Disaster Response, Global Water Crisis, and more. Participants will visit with international and domestic project leaders who will share first-hand information about work in their countries and states.
YUMVIM (Young United Methodist Volunteers In Mission) is an excellent program for children and will run concurrently with CONNECT. Kids will have a lot of great mission-oriented activities such as hands-on projects, music, worship, and plays to keep them entertained and help them grow.
Projects with a Purpose provides time for participants to network with international and national project leaders. This is a great opportunity to find information about your next mission trip or to sign up for an exploratory trip to a particular country or area.
Projects with a Purpose will include:
Native American ministry
Disaster Relief in Mississippi
For more information, including event registration, please visit www.umvim.org or call 404-377-7424.