purpose of the VIM (Volunteers in Mission) program is to provide a hands-on approach to
missionary endeavors. VIM seeks to encourage a spirit of volunteerism
in the diocese and to organize projects that will benefit both the
volunteers and missions, churches, or monasteries that are
experiencing the need for assistance. We believe that it is vital to
our Orthodox Faith that we live out our call to be “fishers of
men” in ways that are practical and effective.
a VIM experience, several things are accomplished. First, the
volunteers have an opportunity to experience the life of our diocese
in many different states. They
also get to interact with members of the local community and to work
with Orthodox Christians from other churches. This encourages and
builds up both the volunteers and the local church. Practical work is
done that helps to make the work of the local church or mission more
effective. These projects help to show our connectedness and overcome
any sense of isolation on the part of the local community.
2010, there have been four VIM projects. The first went to Florida to
work on the trapeza of St. Nicholas monastery that had been damaged by
a hurricane. This was followed by several projects at the Hermitage of
the Holy Cross, and finally by a project in Chattanooga, TN.
members come with a variety of skills, and the members themselves come
from all age groups and genders. It is not necessary to have a
building skill to be a VIM member. Members do a variety of tasks from
building to cooking to gardening and clean up. Clergy are also invited
to be members because besides building work, we try to have a
spiritual emphasis each evening. We do ask that each team member submit a written recommendation from
their parish priest.
seek to fit the team to meet the project, so the size of the team can
vary from three to thirty! We do try to have one or two members for
each team who has certifiable building skills and can direct the more
unskilled volunteers in their efforts.
We try our best to be aware of local building codes and laws.
look forward to another great year for our volunteers in 201l, but we
need to do several things. First, we need to get the word out and
encourage volunteers to sign up as potential members of a future VIM
team. Signing up does not obligate you, but it will put you on a
mailing list so that we can notify you when projects are coming up.
You will find a volunteer sign up page on this
download it, fill it out, and send it to the address below.
We also need to find more mission projects. If you
know of a monastery, church, or mission that could benefit from a VIM
team, please send the information to the diocesan administration. You will find a project survey sheet on this
website. Please download it, fill it out, and send it to the address
below. Potential projects are not limited to the Eastern American
with any project, funding is needed. VIM projects are mainly funded in
part by generous individuals. We hope that they will continue to
support us. We also ask that our volunteers seek to get financial
assistance from their local church and family to help provide support
for their personal expenses and to help the VIM team buy some of the
building materials that may be necessary. If you would like to
financially support the VIM project, please send a check to the
address below, and make the check out to “All Saints Russian
Orthodox Church”, and put “VIM” on the subject line. We can use
all of the support that we can get, so besides your financial
donations, please remember the VIM project and the teams in your
are also seeking individuals interested in being a VIM team
supervisor. The supervisor arranges for room and board for the team
members, and sees that building materials are on site when the team
arrives. A supervisor does not need to have building experience, but
it is helpful. If you would like to set up a VIM program in your
diocese, please contact Fr. John at the address or phone number below.
the VIM and have a fulfilling and exciting missionary experience. The
Lord’s Great Commission is an invitation to all of us –“Go out
into all the world and preach the Gospel!” In the VIM experience, we
fulfill this call with our hearts and our hands.
Form for Potential Projects
Volunteers In Mission
Attn: Fr. John Moses
3648 Middlebrook Village Road
Middlebrook, VA 24459
N. Ft. Myers, FL: VIM announces
the opening of the Young Adult Monastery Project
With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion,
the diocesan missionary program Volunteers in Mission
(VIM) is announcing the launch of the Young Adult
Monastery Project (YAMP). The first project will be held
at St. Nicholas Monastery in sunny North Fort Myers, FL on
July 1-10, 2011. Each day
will be filled with workshops, monastery projects, arts
and crafts, visits to the beach and local sites of
interest, and religious instruction.
need to present a vision of what can happen when we all work together
and strive together." An Interview with Archpriest John Moses
On Wednesday, March 3, the final day of the Pastoral Conference,
Diocesan Media Office correspondent Reader Peter Lukianov interviewed
Diocesan Southern Liaison Archpriest John Moses, member of the Diocesan
Council, rector of All Saints of North America Church in Middlebrook,
VA, and founder of the Volunteers in Mission (VIM) program, on questions
involving life in the south of the Diocese, VIM’s work, and programs
for men hoping to serve the Church through ordination.
TN: VIM Volunteers built a chapel in honor of the Protection of the Mother
On October 7-9,
Archpriest John Moses led several members of the Volunteers in Mission (VIM)
Program on a work project in Chattanooga, TN, to help construct a chapel for
the Protection of the Mother of Mission in the home of Archpriest Stavros
Rousos. The team built an iconostasis, altar table, table of oblation, and
servers’ table for the mission.
Wayne, WV: Volunteers in Mission host Work
Week 2010 at Holy Cross Monastery
June 19, 2010
During the week of
June 6-12, Holy Cross Monastery, in collaboration with the new Eastern
American Diocesan organization "Volunteers in Mission,"
hosted a week of volunteer labor and spiritual enrichment.
Participants ranged in age from four to ninety-four, with a number of
youth, young adults, clergy, and matushkas from the Eastern American
Ft. Myers, FL: VIM Volunteers completed a work week at St. Nicholas
On Sunday, January
24, volunteers from the Volunteers in Mission (VIM) program, headed up
by Priest John Moses and other members of the Diocese Council, arrived
for a work week at St. Nicholas Monastery in North Ft. Myers, FL. The
monastery was in dire need of repairs ranging from electrical work to
painting and housekeeping.
Media Office of the Eastern American