Making a difference
From 17 volunteers in 1986, today more than 2,500 MAPS RV volunteers are crisscrossing America with abilities and expertise in all fields and trades. RVers work at Teen Challenge centers, Bible colleges and universities, district campgrounds, in inner cities and on home missions projects.
As of October 1999, RVers have saved the Assemblies of God more than $158 million.
In San Diego, the 26,000-square-foot Benedict Castle, a replica of a castle in Spain, houses the headquarters for Southern California Teen Challenge. RVers are remodeling this unusual building. Two gargoyles, used as rainspouts for the castle 50 years ago, were repaired.
"Our students [in the residential discipleship program] are blown away by the love and concern the RVers have for them," Griffith says. "They see that the RVers are willing to work free of charge to improve the Teen Challenge facilities so they can get the help they need. RVers investment in the ministry of Teen Challenge pays dividends in changed lives."
New Orleans, La.
When the Division of Home Missions received the news that the new home of the national Teen Challenge Department in Springfield could not be completed with available funds, these volunteers saved this project hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"RVers are making a difference in this church," says Thomas E. Trask, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God. "For many [of those they help], it means the difference between having a building to worship in or not. 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 the RV Volunteers."
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