The Volunteer is the official publication of Maranatha Volunteers International.
• The Volunteer is the official publication of Maranatha Volunteers International, a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The newsletter is published four times a year and features stories straight from the mission field, shares personal volunteer experiences, and outlines our greatest needs.
• Maranatha Volunteers International is a non-profit Christian organization founded in 1969 and is based in Sacramento, California USA with offices in Canada, Latin America, India and Mozambique. It is a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church with the primary focus of organizing volunteers to build churches and schools in developing nations ... more
In 1969, John Freeman, of Berrien Springs, Michigan, took 28 volunteers to Freeport, Grand Bahamas to complete the Eight Mile Rock Church. Soon, Maranatha Flights International became known as an organization of volunteers who would fly their private airplanes to construction projects around the globe.
Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s, the organization grew as more people discovered the rewards of personal involvement in service. Each year, several large projects were scheduled, and volunteers met together to renew old friendships and contribute to the project at hand.
In 1989, Maranatha Volunteers International became the official name when Maranatha Flights International merged with Volunteers International, a Virginia-based humanitarian organization. In the same year, Maranatha headquarters moved from Berrien Springs, Michigan to Sacramento, California where it remains today.
In 1992, Maranatha embarked on a project in the Dominican Republic that changed the organization’s approach to construction. During a three-month period in 1992, 1200 volunteers converged on Santo Domingo to construct 25 urgently needed churches. Subsequently, Maranatha began concentrating its efforts building multiple churches and schools in each country it entered.
Throughout the 1990’s many people became involved with Maranatha projects around the world. Large-scale projects were completed in numerous countries and the resulting increase in infrastructure met a crucial need for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Through Maranatha-sponsored trips, many churches and schools became involved in missions and helped create an enthusiasm for service in North America.
Today, membership exceeds 70,000 people. Each year, Maranatha organizes mission trips for about 60 independent groups and more than 3,000 volunteers participate. Others donate funds, assist with preparations at home, and pray for the volunteers. Over the history of the entire organization, more than 65,000 people have volunteered on a Maranatha project.
A board of directors governs Maranatha Volunteers International, a non-profit organization with headquarter operations staffed by less than two-dozen paid personnel. Maranatha also has staff in Latin America, India and Africa ... more in Maranath.org