Missions America Placement Service, a division of Assemblies of God U.S. Missions, provides opportunities for volunteers to become involved in ministry.
"RV Volunteers are dedicated Christian men and women from a wide variety of professional and vocational backgrounds who desire to use their skills and talents and are willing to give a few days or weeks each year to help with construction needs at Assemblies of God churches and related ministries all across the United States," says Jerry Bell, U.S. MAPS director.
However, Bell notes that the volunteering goes beyond construction.
"On many occasions they help out with local outreaches such as food and clothing distributions, or office or clerical work, or sometimes just be there to help out, no matter what the need is," Bell says.
For the most part, MAPS volunteers have retired from the paid workforce but they still are working in project after project. They travel across the country with tools and supplies in their RVs.
These volunteers pay their own expenses and receive no remuneration for their labor.
"But most will tell you, the benefits of offering their services to help others, of investing themselves in the building of the kingdom of God, of the friends and relationships they establish across the country, far outweigh any of the expenses," Bell says. "They travel with a purpose. Their motto is 'Building Churches — Changing Lives.'"
For more information about U.S. Missions MAPS, see its website.
Author: Pentecostal Evangel