Fulfilling the Great
VandenEinde is director of the national Mission America Placement
Service for Assemblies of God Home Missions. Men, women and young
people can be involved in MAPS for as much as two years or as
little as a few weeks. Volunteers serve churches and pastors across
the United States through construction projects, inner-city evangelism
and assisting smaller congregations. VandenEinde recently spoke
with Isaac Olivarez, staff writer.
PE: What is MAPS?
MAPS 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.
The five arms of the MAPS ministry include RV volunteers, missionary
associates (one to two years), summer associates (eight to 12
weeks), church teams and short-term missions opportunities.
PE: How does MAPS
partner with other A/G ministries?
All of our service is done with other ministries. This could be
building a church, assisting an inner-city pastor in ministry,
being a houseparent to teens, working with campus ministry outreaches
or driving a truck for Convoy of Hope.
PE: What are some
highlights from last year’s MAPS projects?
year the MAPS RV arm of the ministry, working with some church
teams, helped complete 53 projects. Twenty-four of these projects
were started and completed within the same year. We had more than
300 couples and singles working to complete these projects.
PE: Who can become
a MAPS volunteer?
MAPS is looking for dedicated Christians who are loyal to a church,
who are spiritually mature and are physically able to work. If
they have a desire to put their faith and dedication into action,
we have a place for them to serve.
PE: How does MAPS
fit into the whole concept of missions?
Scripture tells us that pastors are to equip the saints. MAPS
gives these saints an avenue of involvement where they can feel
they are a part of the Great Commission. Our theme this past year
has been “Together Building His Kingdom.” If each
of us does our part, much can be accomplished to further God’s
kingdom here on earth.
PE: Where do you
see MAPS in 10 years?
is a big thing right now, even in the secular world. As active
membership in the MAPS program continues to grow, I see a day
when we will complete well over 100 projects in a year. I also
believe that the evangelism arm of the ministry will experience
the greatest growth. There are many people who will move from
success to significance — meaning that they can make a difference
in helping to build God’s kingdom, the very reason God has
placed us here.
PE: Anything else?
have been told that MAPS is one of the best-kept secrets of the
Assemblies of God. We don’t want it to be a secret. We want
people to know that we are here to help them do their part in
fulfilling the Great Commission. Volunteers don’t need to
have a specific trade. Teachers, doctors, secretaries, bankers,
lawyers — it doesn’t matter. We will provide them
opportunities to use their God-given abilities and gifts.
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