Today's post is part of an on-going UM & Global series on UMVIM and short-term mission.
Global Ministries' Mission Volunteers program has put out a series of ten videos related to various aspects of the program. Mission Volunteers is a program for what might be called "intermediate-term mission," with individuals or couples serving for between two months and two years. Thus, it's longer than the typical 1-2 week short-term mission trip but usually shorter than the placement for a long-term missionary. Like short-term missions, Global Ministries facilitates placements, but Mission Volunteers serve at their own initiative and expense, not as commissioned and supported Global Ministries missionaries.
The 2-3 minute videos cover theological, spiritual, and cultural considerations related to serving, as well as technical aspects of the program, such as the application process. Here is a complete list:
Expanding Cultural Awareness
Theology of Mission
Spiritual and Emotional Health
Accident and Health Insurance
Health, Safety and Travel
Financial Support and Budgeting
Culture Shock and Reentry