God @ Work: Creating!
During the summer of 2020 U.M. ARMY made the decision to REIMAGINE our summer mission models due to the pandemic. We provided two models: we worked with church partners in local communities through U.M. ARMY Local, and with participants in their homes at U.M. ARMY Home. Even during a difficult year, we made an impact! During a REIMAGINED SHARE TIME, one 16-year-old participant said, “Even though we didn’t know what to do during a world crisis, God showed us what to do!”
It is with this same spirit that we are announcing our 2021 theme and focus. We believe GOD IS STILL AT WORK, CREATING opportunities for ministry around us. We will continue to respond to the call on our lives to serve those in need around us. We hope you will partner with us. We will be here in 2021 and beyond!
With God’s help, we are creating a plan.
Although we are hoping to get back to a somewhat modified Traditional U.M. ARMY model next summer, we know things in our world may alter that. Depending on what is happening in the late spring of 2021, we will make decisions along with you, our host communities, and participants, to determine what model might be best for each situation. We are continuing to create and build on the vision that God gave us in 2020.
We are creating:
Mission Model Options and Flexibility – We will provide a variety of programs to meet your needs. You will be able to make the best decision for your group. We will partner with you to identify the best approach based on your comfort level. We will minimize penalties for registering early if your plans have to change.
Safety Protocols – We are working on increased safety protocols for every area of our U.M. ARMY experience. This will include:
- Work Site
We are creating a plan for 2021 mission trips and evaluating everything to keep our communities, participants, and hosts safe, all while providing life-changing opportunities for service and mutual impact for all involved. We believe it’s not only possible, but that it is worth the effort now more than ever before. We hope you will continue to plan to work with U.M. ARMY in the coming year. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact any of our staff. We remain ALL IN this together as we continue to join GOD @ WORK - CREATING.
Grace and Peace,
U.M. ARMY Staff