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Joy Williams: Rooted in Grace (December 29, 2002)

Judy Rachels: Christmas gifts (December 22, 2002)

Ralph Carmichael: New music for a timeless message (December 15, 2002)

Roger and Greg Flessing: Media, ministry and society's ungodly messages (December 8, 2002)

Rick Salvato: Meeting medical and spiritual needs around the world (November 24, 2002)

Asa Hutchinson: Drug Enforcement's top officer (November 17, 2002)

Bill Bright: 'Not I, but Christ' (November 10, 2002)

Ray Berryhill: Living by faith (October 20, 2002)

Owen C. Carr: Reading through the Bible 92 times (October 13, 2002)

Curtis Harlow: Combating campus drinking (September 29, 2002)

Wes Bartel: Making Sunday count (September 22, 2002)

M. Wayne Benson: The Holy Spirit knocks (September 15, 2002)

Dr. Richard Dobbins: Understanding Suffering (September 8, 2002)

K.R. Mele: Halloween evangelism (August 25, 2002)

Roland Blount: God makes a way for blind missionary (August 18, 2002)

Cal Thomas: Finding a mission field (August 11, 2002)

Lisa Ryan: For such a time as this (July 28, 2002)

Dallas Holm: Faith and prayer in life’s toughest times (July 21, 2002)

Paul Drost: Intentional church planting (July 14, 2002)

James M. Inhofe: Serving Christ in the Senate (June 30, 2002)

Karen Kingsbury: The Write stuff (June 23, 2002)

Michael W. Smith: Worship is how you live each day (June 16, 2002)

Wayne Stayskal: On the drawing board (June 9, 2002)

Fory VandenEinde: Anyone can minister (May 26, 2002)

Thomas E. Trask: Pentecost Sunday (May 19, 2002)

Stormie Omartian: Recovering from an abusive childhood (May 12, 2002)

Luis Carrera: Beyond the Shame (April 28, 2002)

Tom Greene: The church of today (April 21, 2002)

Philip Bongiorno: Wisdom for a younger generation (April 14, 2002)

Deborah M. Gill: Christian education and discipleship (March 24, 2002)

Norma Champion: Becoming involved in politics (February 24, 2002)

Steve Pike: A candid discussion about Mormonism (February 10, 2002)

Raymond Berry: More to life than football (January 27, 2002)

Sanctity of Human Life roundtable: Doctors speak out (January 20, 2002)

Chaplain Charles Marvin: Ministering in the military (January 13, 2002)


2001 Conversations

Anyone can minister

(May 26, 2002)

Fory VandenEinde directs the multiple outreaches of Mission America Placement Service. Each year, thousands of men and women and young people are involved in projects impacting churches and communities across the country. VandenEinde recently spoke with Scott Harrup, associate editor.

EVANGEL: What are the main ministry arms of Mission America Placement Service?

VANDENEINDE: We have four arms. Summer Volunteers are college students who are thinking about ministry and participate in an eight-week summer outreach with pastors, inner-city ministries, Teen Challenge centers or similar projects. We have the one- and two-year Missionary Associate program which involves laypeople in missions ministry for longer periods. The MAPS church teams are groups of people sponsored by churches that go out and get involved in construction and evangelism projects. RV Volunteers are also involved in evangelism and construction.

EVANGEL: How did you become involved with MAPS ministry?

VANDENEINDE: About 12 years ago, we had a revival in our church in Willmar, Minn. My wife, Cindi, and I felt a call to full-time service. In seeking the Lord in the following months we saw an ad in the Pentecostal Evangel talking about the RV Volunteer ministry. We went to a national convention and checked it out. I had been a general contractor, and it was exciting to discover an opportunity to serve the Lord with our skills. The fellowship and camaraderie were inviting. One of the biggest projects we became involved in was overseeing the reconstruction of churches across Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Georges. We spent more than five months on the island coordinating the visiting church teams from the mainland. With the help of almost 300 people from across America we rebuilt 25 churches.

EVANGEL: What personal qualities does it take to serve as a MAPS volunteer?

VANDENEINDE: You need willing hands and a servant’s heart. You need to be open to the Lord’s leading and be flexible enough to deal with a variety of situations. It’s important to know that you don’t have to come to a ministry project with a résumé of impressive skills. I came into MAPS with my skills as a contractor, but I’ve seen many men and women learn the needed skills on the spot and do beautiful work for the Lord. Bankers, lawyers, doctors, secretaries, teachers – it doesn’t matter. They can all be used by God to carry out ministry projects.

EVANGEL: Could you name some key projects developing for MAPS volunteers this year?

VANDENEINDE: I wouldn’t want to prioritize any group of projects. They are all vital. But we have concentrated on helping small churches that can’t help themselves to get into their first buildings. These churches really need our help. In just the past six months we have completed 30 churches. We don’t want to just get a church started; we want to see new congregations moving into new sanctuaries.

EVANGEL: What response do you receive from the recipients of MAPS ministries?

VANDENEINDE: Our MAPS workers do more than just build buildings. A lot of times they are also an emotional help to a struggling pastor and congregation. They’re on-site to offer spiritual encouragement. Many of our volunteers have been believers for many years and have much to offer. They have a real impact on the people they minister among.

Pastor Steve Berry of Rainier, Ore., wrote to us recently: "I could not say enough for the godly character and heart for ministry that these RVers brought to us. We have given to missions for many years. Missions came to us through the ministry of MAPS."

EVANGEL: Anything else?

VANDENEINDE: Our mission statement describes so well our ministry goals. "Mission America Placement Service is the facilitating arm of Home Missions that coordinates laypeople in various avenues of service. MAPS is a servant ministry designed to help districts with construction and evangelism needs." We really focus on the layperson to give him or her an opportunity to have a powerful ministry.

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