Volunteer Library Needed in Fiji. See below. -K

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From: Anglican Church of Canada <[log in to unmask]>
Date: 2008/7/28
Subject: Wanted: Volunteers in Mission
To: Katie Puxley <[log in to unmask]>

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The Anglican Church of Canada

Wanted: Volunteers in Mission
Ali Symons
General Synod Web Writer

Thick, chewy cassava pudding was one of the unexpected joys of Lorna
Reevely's Volunteer in Mission (VIM) experience. The Toronto librarian and
teacher spent three years in the Solomon Islands, mainly working at Bishop
Patteson Theological College, but also spending time with the
community-which sometimes meant outdoor pudding preparation with students
and their wives.

"What really results from these pudding productions is fellowship, just like
our rummage sales and parish breakfasts," she said.

Individuals like Lorna Reevely are in high demand these days-dedicated lay
or clergy volunteers who will work, serve, and play for approximately two
years alongside international partner churches. The program is called
Volunteers in Mission (VIM), and right now more volunteers are urgently

"I think there are Anglicans who are called to this challenge of
cross-cultural ministry, of living and working and worshipping with people
in another part of the church," said Jill Cruse, coordinator of mission
education and personnel at General Synod. "Certainly we have partners who
are interested in that."

At the height of the program in the 1990s, 25 VIMs worked all over the world
in various capacities: veterinarian VIMs have taught animal health in
Uganda; deacon VIMs have provided pastoral and prayer support in Belize; and
teacher VIMs have worked at agricultural colleges in Japan.

At present, there are only three VIMs in the field, and dozens of volunteer
opportunities. Here are some current needs:

*       A bilingual clergyperson to minister to French-speaking refugees in
South Africa

*       A librarian at Pacific Theological College in Fiji

*       Medical volunteers in Belize

*       A bishop's chaplain in Sri Lanka

So you who are reading this, are you one of the Anglicans who is called?
More opportunities  are listed on the website, and if you don't see your
skills represented, contact the VIM office to inquire further (see links to
website and email below). From there it's a process of interviews,
applications, and forming a support group to assist you with fundraising and
other details.

Lorna Reevely would say it's worth the leap out of your comfort zone:

"I realize not everyone has the chance to go off to the South Pacific to
learn and serve but for those who are fortunate enough to go, and for their
supporters, much is gained in appreciating what we in the Anglican Communion
have in common and what, like Solomon's pudding, you have to be there to

Visit the VIM website to read stories and learn more:

Check out current VIM volunteer opportunities

Contact Jill Cruse at the VIM office:
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Katie A. Puxley, BAH (Vind)
MLIS Candidate 2008
School of Information Management
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

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