Upcoming 2017 VIM Teams
We will be represented at FOE in Tallinn in June 2017. We currently have 10 confirmed team members. Our flights are confirmed and our accommodations are booked. We leave Atlanta June 9th and will spend June 10th thru June 16th in Kohtla-Jarve. We will be celebrating the recent purchase of the sanctuary in Kohtla-Jarve on Sunday June 11th with Rev. Glenn Ray, Associate Minister at Mt Bethel UMC participating in the blessing of the sanctuary. The team will be working with the children of Kohtla-Jarve UMC during the week and in addition working with Pastor Sergei Sutskov and Pastor Artur Pold on special projects at Camp Gideon. The Team will move to Tallinn, Estonia on Friday to participate in the 110th Year Jubilee Celebration at the Baltic Mission Center and the 2017 Friends of Estonia Gatherings. More details to follow.
Calvary UMC – Nashville, TN
We have 11 members going to Estonia for the children Lighthouse camp. We will leave on June 28 and return July 11. We have 1 new member who is 18 years old. We are doing a Sponsor a Camper Bake Sale, asking for new tennis shoes and socks to provide to the kids. We will have an Amazon wish list and possible dinner out at a local restaurant and receive a % back. Two team members are youth and are in a band and we hope to have a concert. We are working on the details now. We are excited and making plans.
First Broad Street UMC – Kingsport, TN
We are being joined by First UMC Lexington, KY for a construction VIM on the church at Viitka. We will be redoing the second floor and making it usable, insulated, with new walls and flooring and ceiling work plus a couple of days spent on youth and children’s activities. We will leave June 3 and return June 19, attending the FOE meeting in Tallinn. We will have 16 or 17 team members, with 2-3 new VIM folks. One SS class in Lexington has been incredibly generous, contributing over 12,000 USD toward construction costs. FBSUMC is in the middle of its Missions Celebration this very weekend and will help several with partial scholarships for costs as well as providing construction monies. Lexington has been the connecting congregation with Viitka for years and both churches have sent VIM teams in the past. Combining the trip with the FOE Gathering should be a treat that we are looking forward to enjoying.
Asbury UMC – Tulsa, OK
Heather Steger is the team leader for our Pärnu VBS team. It is coming together nicely and looks like we will have a team of 12 or 13. My daughter Isley and I will be returning for our third time and everyone else on the team are first timers to Pärnu (2 are returning to Estonia for their 2nd summer). We have 3 kids/preteen and 5 college guys going and of those college guys, 3 will be joining our team after extended time at Camp Gideon. We will pick them up from Camp Gideon on our way from Tallinn to Pärnu. We also have one of our pastors going with her family of 4. I’m excited to have such a diverse age group. Sadly, we will not be able to join the FOE meeting as we leave July 6 and will return July 17. As soon as we hear back from Agape’s Pastor with VBS themes we will start having team meetings to begin our VBS prep work.