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Mission America Placement Services

Fulfilling dreams

RV Volunteers arrived without fanfare," says Terry Bailey, pastor of Gateway Assembly of God in Ashland City, Tenn. "They set up their ‘homes’ behind our present building and went to work."

Showing Christ’s love

I am a member of First Assembly of God in Marlinton, W.Va., a congregation that launched a new building program in August 2000. I joined others from our church in cleaning the grounds and pouring concrete for the basement last September. The RV Volunteers arrived in early October to help the volunteers from our church install the floor, walls, trusses and roofing. Not only were they very talented and experienced workers, but they also ministered to us by showing the love and life of Christ that was in them. The people of this community were amazed at their fast and productive work. They made a real impact on individuals. Working with these visiting MAPS volunteers has been an added blessing to me personally.

– Kenneth Sharp
Marlinton, W.Va.

From site preparation to the completion of the church’s $900,000 building, the volunteers’ gift of an estimated $300,000 in labor made possible a much-needed facility.

Bailey says, "We did not have the resources and funds for our dream to become a reality. MAPS volunteers helped us complete the project."

One of the goals of the 1,670 RV Volunteers and the 270 MAPS church construction teams is to help fulfill dreams.

All across America, Home Missions MAPS volunteers are making a difference. They work at inner-city churches, Teen Challenge centers, and on Assemblies of God college and university campuses.

The congregation of First Assembly of God in Marlinton, W.Va., was without a place to worship following a devastating flood. Worshipping in an RV park, which was closing for the season on November 1, someone advised them to contact the MAPS office.

In October 2000, Duane Atkinson, MAPS missionary for the Northeast Region, presented their need for volunteers at the National RV Convention in Carlinville, Ill. Seven RV couples were on site by October 7.

On Sunday, October 29, the congregation and RV volunteers held the first service in the finished basement of the new church. The whole church building was enclosed and roofed.

At Centro Cristiano Hispano (Hispanic Christian Center) Assembly of God in Rogers, Ark., RV Volunteers and a MAPS construction team from Christian Center in Lenexa, Kan., completed the fellowship hall, kitchen, Sunday school rooms, nursery and four offices. Pastor Armando Rodriguez was not skilled in construction, so the volunteers gave him needed direction and help. The building – valued at $200,000 – cost only $80,000. The dedication of these volunteers inspired Pastor Rodriguez’s congregation to catch a vision for missions. The church now supports 32 missionaries, including the MAPS Department.

"MAPS volunteers are invaluable," says Rodriguez. "They are an example of dedication and Christian character."

"MAPS workers are making a difference in this church," says Thomas E. Trask, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God. "For many churches, it means the difference between having a building to worship in. For others, it has taken them from a rented facility to a place of their own. The Assemblies of God owes a great debt of love and appreciation to MAPS volunteers."

 

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