Individual Volunteer Orientation
at Heifer Ranch (Perryville, Arkansas)
Feb. 2-4, 2001

An orientation/training weekend for individual volunteers took place at Heifer Ranch, Perryville, Arkansas, February 2-4, 2001. In addition to an informational tour by representatives of Heifer Project International, the 18 potential individual volunteers and seven staff persons participated in Bible study and worship as well as presentations on theology of mission, cross-cultural adaptation, health concerns, and practical and financial considerations in preparation for volunteer mission service. A spirit of mutual support developed rapidly among those present. Highlights of their time together included learning about what volunteers in mission are doing and the opportunities available; hearing stories of different mission experiences and situations; informational talks; fellowship and camaraderie; respect, caring and compassion for one another. Individuals or married couples interested in serving as volunteers for two months or longer can begin the application process by contacting the Office of Individual Volunteers at Indvols@gbgm-umc.org.

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