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Marjani August, age 6, was the second youngest member of the Summer Family Project team. Her parents, Mark and Roxanne, brought her on the trip to fulfill Marjani’s “lifelong” dream to be a missionary for Christ. During the project, Marjani helped shop for food, assisted in the kitchen and in Vacation Bible School, and spent a great deal of time sweeping at the job site!


(which means “the stone of help”), for he said, ‘Up to this point the Lord has helped us.’” The story is an inspiration to Don Noble, President of Maranatha. He has personally witnessed the tremendous power of faith in the organization’s four decades of history. “Maranatha is a complex organization. The challenges are too big. The complexities are immense. The resources are too small. So what do you do?” says Noble. “When you are asked to respond to more than 100,000 requests from the worldwide church—none of us are smart enough to do that. We can’t deal with that without God’s involvement. We are dependent, and we celebrate that.”

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The stone stands five feet high and weighs 2,500 pounds. A team of professional movers took two hours to haul the basalt stone into the Maranatha office building and set it in the corner of the boardroom. The gray stone is a rough, unpolished, and unexpected monolith in an otherwise typical office conference room.

Photo opposite page by Tom Lloyd

It could be mistaken as a curious piece of art, but the rock is Maranatha’s Ebenezer. The seventh chapter of 1 Samuel tells the story of Israel’s victory against the Philistines after having been twice defeated. At the beginning of the chapter the Israelites gathered at Mizpah—the very site where they were crushed by the Philistines—to fast, pray, and offer a sacrifice to the Lord. mar an a t h a . o rg

Upon hearing of the meeting, the Philistines charged forth to attack the Israelites. Terrified and unarmed, the Israelites prayed, and the Bible says the Lord sent a mighty storm to confuse the Philistines and give victory to the Israelites. Verse 12 says, “Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer

So as a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness and inspired by 1 Samuel 7:12, Noble purchased a large stone for the Maranatha office. It was dedicated at the May 2012 board meeting. The Maranatha Board of Directors wants everyone who comes into the boardroom to clearly see that we fully recognize our dependence on God. It is a core corporate philosophy that any good coming from Maranatha is meant to give glory to God. “My idea is that we gather up the faith experiences that we’ve had over 43 years with Maranatha and invest those experiences in even greater faith in the future,” says Noble. “The rock is our Ebenezer and it represents the most beautiful thing in the world: Dependence on the God of the universe. God is with us, and that gives us confidence for a challenge that is too big for us.”


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A TALE OF TWO CHURCHES How theoretical faith turned into something real BY JULIE Z. LEE

It was 5 a.m., and German Rivera was headed to church. He and fellow members of the Nueva Guinea Central Church in Nicaragua had made a commitment to pray for a new school each morning. The town of Nueva Guinea needed a school badly, and a new facility could make a significant impact on the community. But the congregation had zero funds for the project. “The only thing that was left to do was turn to God,” says Rivera. So for the next two and a half months, members met at the church to pray for God’s help. In the United States, another congregation was praying. The Carmichael Adventist Church in California was considering their third mission trip, but as many families struggled with the weak economy, the financial outlook was 4 | THE V O L U NT EER SU MMER 2012

bleak. Giving was down overall, and Carmichael had many needs at their own facilities. “The mission trip was about 10% of the church budget, and there were certainly people who had very strong opinions about covering projects [at home] that are very near and dear to their hearts first,” says Rick Campbell, Carmichael Church member. “The settlement was not that we would do this and

not that. The settlement was that we would trust God to do both.” Not only did they trust God to do both, they trusted Him with ambitious goals when it came to fundraising for the trip. “We wrestled with, ‘Do we do that which is reasonable?’” says Keith Jacobson, senior pastor at Carmichael. “We came to the conclusion that the answer

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is no. We don’t do that which is reasonable. We do that which forces us to completely depend upon that which is outside of ourselves.” So two parallel stories, separated by 3,600 miles but joined by a common leap of faith, began to unfold. At Carmichael, members donated as much and as often as possible. People used their talents to fundraise and others gave their time in organization and planning. Money trickled in, but two weeks before the trip, the project still needed $12,000. It seemed that the financial goal was set too high. Yet over the next week, $10,000 came in, and days before the trip, the church received the rest of the funding with money to spare. On the Sabbath before their departure, Jacobson spoke to the church about faith. He said, “Father, forgive us when we make our mission just as large as what we think we can manage. But Father, praise your name when you have put a mission on us that is greater than what we can manage and that you would bless us!” Down in Nueva Guinea, the 70-member congregation continued praying and also giving. Stories of generosity emerged as people gave all they could. One woman sold her only cow to give money to the project; it was her inheritance and the most valuable thing she owned. Then, just when the church thought they had met their goal, their faith was tested once more. Darrell Hardy, vice president of Latin American Projects for Maranatha, visited the prospective building

site and announced that the ground needed to be leveled to accommodate the large Education and Evangelism Center. But something as simple as moving dirt costs money—of which the church had none. Hardy presented an idea. “Like the story of Moses, Brother Darrell asked, ‘What do I have in my hands?’” remembers Rivera. Rivera considered what he had in his hands and immediately suggested selling the trees from his property for lumber. “We sold the wood, and we had the resources to remove the dirt. At eight in the evening we had no cordobas (Nicaraguan currency), but then suddenly we had 22,000 in the morning to work,” says Rivera. “And there it is, a given gift, thanks to God.” For both churches, everything fell into place, and on March 18, 71 volunteers from Carmichael Church arrived in Nicaragua. For the next 11 days, the school site became a major attraction as the two congregations worked side by side to build a school. Volunteers also coordinated medical and dental clinics and Vacation Bible School. Curious onlookers asked about the project, giving church members an opportunity to share their vision for education and their faith in God.

proving to be successful. Building bridges of not only understanding, but building bridges of mutual care and concern for our families,” says Jacobson. On March 29, the two churches bid farewell. In a couple months, another volunteer group would arrive to continue work on the school. Once complete, Rivera is confident that enrollment will grow rapidly. Already, he’s talking about buying the neighboring property for an expansion. It will be a huge undertaking, but Rivera is a changed man with a new faith. “When this project came to us, the first thing they told us was that it was a ‘project of faith.’ I could not understand the depth of what this meant until we started experiencing difficulties and then realized that faith had to be exercised because there were many things we could not solve on our own,” says Rivera. “In my personal life and in the lives of many brothers and sisters, it has enriched our faith… maybe we only had a theoretical faith, but now we have gained real faith.”

“What international politics has failed to do in creating community, the church—the body of Jesus Christ—is Photo by Maranatha Field Team

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PROJECT GOALS FOR 2012 A progress report on this year’s projects Five years ago, Maranatha was receiving an overwhelming number of requests for churches. Yet with each Maranatha church costing upwards of $30,000 and taking a minimum of two months to complete, it seemed impossible that the needs could be met in a timely manner.

CUBA The ceiling and beams of the Alacranes Church are being stuccoed and the Cardenas project is pending a permit from the government.

The One-Day Church and One-Day School were born from this concern, shifting Maranatha’s paradigm for projects. Affordable and efficient, the One-Day structures have revolutionized church construction for Maranatha.


Since then, Maranatha has gone from overseeing a few hundred construction projects a year to more than 1,000 thanks to the addition of the One-Day structures. The following chart presents a snapshot of the construction goals for 2012, with a progress report of what has already been accomplished.

In the first phase of the effort in Ecuador, 91 One‑Day Churches have been completed. There is another container with 40 units already in the country, waiting to be constructed, and the Ecuador Union has asked for an additional container for churches to be sent. Maranatha’s goal for 2012 is to build 40 One-Day Churches in Ecuador.



Ted Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, has requested Maranatha’s assistance in Angola. This year, Maranatha hopes to begin construction of 40 One-Day Churches, a single One‑Day School campus, and two Education and Evangelism Centers. As of June, there are two containers of churches ready to ship to Angola as soon as the Adventist Church secures exoneration of duty from the Angolan government.

Maranatha has agreed to build 30 One-Day Schools at Valley View University in Ghana, a project that may be open to volunteers in the future.



Brazil has the largest number of Adventists in the world with more than 1.2 million members. As Adventism continues to grow in Brazil, the need for churches has intensified, and Maranatha has committed to constructing 114 churches this year.

In a joint project with ADRA International, Maranatha is building 100 classrooms this year in Haiti. As of July, 84 floors are finished and 15 classrooms have been completed.



Work is finishing in Honduras, and Maranatha estimates being done with 45 One‑Day Churches and this year’s goal of 30 One-Day Schools by November.

This summer, Nicaragua welcomes a flurry of activity from the Family Project, Ultimate Workout, Collegiate Project, and the Young Adult Project. In 2012, Nicaragua is the primary location for volunteer projects with 80 One-Day Churches, 12 One‑Day Schools, and one Education and Evangelism Center slated for completion.



Mid year, 20 churches have been completed. Preliminary work has started on one of the two Education and Evangelism structures slated for completion this year. In addition, Maranatha has set a goal to build 125 One-Day Churches and two One-Day School campuses.

There will be one Education and Evangelism Center constructed in Swaziland this year. In July, Maranatha was waiting for permission from the Swaziland king to build the school on his land.



Maranatha has completed 131 churches so far this year in Malawi. Several containers are enroute to Malawi to meet additional needs.

Maranatha is continuing to work on two Education and Evangelism Centers at Livingstone and at Rusangu University.



Maranatha has constructed nearly 800 buildings in Mozambique. Crews are currently constructing 35 churches in the northeast. Maranatha’s efforts in Mozambique will then be complete.

Nearly 290 church sites have been identified and approved in the East Zimbabwe Conference. This year, Maranatha is aiming to complete 80 One-Day Churches and two One-Day School campuses. Of the two Education and Evangelism Centers proposed, plans are to build in Bulawayo and Harare. Volunteers are scheduled to arrive in Zimbabwe in October to work on one of the EECs.



It’s been nearly four years the first One-Day Church. S ASI have together built m and 300 schools a

The Components of a Church The church is 38 feet long and 20 feet wide, accommodating at least 125 people.

While most congregations are able to build walls for a church, what they lack is proper materials to make a permanent, water-tight roof. The galvanized steel roof is a luxury.

Each One-Day Church kit has 224 pieces and is designed for strength and ease of construction.

Each One-Day Church kit weighs 1,295 lbs.

Flooring depends largely on location and availability of materials in addition to congregation preference.

The local congregation participates in the construction of their church by building the walls, windows, and door of the structure. Each finished church is unique and reflects the congregation’s investment in the project.




All components are built at a factory in Dodge Center, Minnesota.


The parts are packed into a container. Forty One-Day Churches fit into one container.

The containers are shipped to various countries. The journey can take up to two months.


20 08 December 2007:

During a meeting in Minnesota, Maranatha leaders and Garwin McNeilus brainstorm the idea of a more affordable and easy-to-build church structure to meet the growing needs.

20 09 Early 2008:

Work begins on prototypes. The goal is an affordable, efficient, easy-to-ship steel framework versatile enough to fit the diverse needs of congregations in many parts of the world.

August 2008:

The One-Day Church concept is unveiled at ASI.

Fall 2008:

First containers of One-Day Churches ship out.

February 2009:

First One-Day Church is built in Ecuador.

March 2009:

One-Day Churches begin to be built on large scale in Mozambique.


s since the introduction of Since then, Maranatha and more than 2,700 churches around the world.

The Components of a SCHOOL

The galvanized steel roof keeps the classroom dry and reflects heat.

Each school is outfitted with a chalkboard, flag of the school’s country, and a “Jesus Loves You” sign.

Each One-Day School kit has 3,056 parts.

Large windows and clear composite panels allow for natural lighting for areas with no electricity.

Y OF THE STRUCTURE 4 Local Adventist church leadership arranges customs clearance.

5 The containers are trucked to a staging point and parts are unloaded and sorted. Then individual kits are delivered to the final building site.

2010 Early 2010:

One-Day Church concept is adapted to serve educational needs. Work begins on prototypes for the One-Day School.

Each One-Day School kit weighs 3,390 lbs (including the desks).

Each classroom receives 20 steel desk and bench combinations, which can accommodate 40 students.

2011 July 2010:

The One-Day School, which comes with walls, desks, and a chalkboard debuts at the 2010 General Conference Session in Atlanta, Georgia. A full ODS is on display in the lobby of the convention center.

December 2010:

669 One-Day Church structures are erected in Mozambique so far.

January 2011:

The first One-Day School campus is constructed in Victoria Falls, Zambia.

Concrete slabs are poured before the structure components arrive.

2012 2012:

More than 2,700 One‑Day Churches and 300 One-Day Schools have been completed by Maranatha and other partners since the program began.


Decatur-Hartselle Spanish Church Open Team Decatur, Mississippi Leaders: Dave Schwinn, Roger Hatch, & Betty Beattie

Camp MiVoden Open Team

Bulawayo Open Team 1 Project Full

Hayden Lake, Idaho

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

LEADER: To Be Determined

LEADERS: David Lopez & Terry Schwartz

Oct. 7 - 17, 2012

Oct. 4 - 18, 2012

Oct. 25 - Nov. 7, 2012

Volunteer Opportunities Are you ready to get out there and volunteer?

Thunderbird Adventist Academy Open Team Phoenix, Arizona Leaders: Ken Carr & Ken Casper

Jan. 7 - Feb. 14, 2013

Falakata Open Team 1

Livingstone Open Team 1

West Bengal, India LEADERS: Claudio Japas & Dr. Grace Kim

Livingstone, Zambia

Jan. 16 - 28, 2013

Jan. 22 - Feb. 3, 2013

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LEADER: Karen Godfrey

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Fjarli Family and Friends Open Team

Bulawayo Open Team 2

Christmas Family Project


Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Nueva Guinea, Nicaragua

LEADER: Bruce Fjarli

LEADERS: Merrill & Diane Zachary, George & Becky Alder

LEADER: To Be Determined

Oct. 30 - Nov. 11, 2012

Nov. 1 - 13, 2012

Dec. 19, 2012 - Jan. 1, 2013

Maranatha has opportunities for volunteers of all kinds to get involved in service around the world. What project looks most inviting to you? Whether you are heading off on your own to join up with a group of soon-to-be-friends or taking your family along for the ride, we are happy to help you find the right project to join. Visit our online Project Calendar at maranatha.org for the most up-to-date listing of projects. Then contact us by emailing volunteer@maranatha.org or call (916) 774-7700 to receive more information.

Livingstone Open Team 2

North America Projects

LEADER: Karen Godfrey

Livingstone, Zambia

Mar. 12 - 24, 2013

LEADERS: Vickie & Bernie Wiedmann

Contact us to be put on an email list to hear about upcoming U.S. projects.

Falakata Open Team 2 West Bengal, India

Mar. 20 - 30, 2013

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Group Projects January - June 2012 Honduras

A Mission Project for Missionaries BY SUSAN WOODS & JULIE Z. LEE

On Monday, May 28, the teenagers piled into 4x4 vehicles and made the three-hour trek to the campus, located in the hills near Malawi’s western border with Mozambique. Matandani Mission has been a light in this hilly community for many years—since 1903 when it was purchased from a pepper farmer to become a new school. Five years later the school opened its doors, offering classes to students in the farm barns. As the years passed, the school


broadened its program to include primary and secondary schools and a technical training program. Once in Matandani, the volunteers and adult supervisors camped on the mission directors’ front yard. The next morning, the teens wasted no time in getting started on their One-Day School structure. Aided by experienced Maranatha staff and other adults, the crew completed the building by nightfall. “When we had finished building the school, and I was looking at it, I was amazed,” said Chloe Gill, age 14. “I was so proud of all of us and it made me really happy. I thank God that I could be part of it. Even though we are teenagers, we CAN make a difference!”

Ecuador Berkshire Mission (MA) Tri City Christian Academy (NC) Palisades Christian Academy (WA) Grand Blanc Adventist Church (MI) Rogers Adventist Church (AR) Rocky Mountain Adventist Church (CO)

Malawi Blantyre Homeschoolers (Malawi)

Mexico Fox Valley Church (WI)

Nicaragua Wisconsin Academy (WI) Redding Adventist Academy (CA) Carmichael Adventist Church (CA) Dallas Oregon Adventist Church (OR)

Uganda Dodge Center Team (MN) Schwartz and Friends (NE)

USA Rogue Valley Team (WA) Thunderbird Adventist Academy (AZ) Photos by David Woods

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La Sierra University SIFE (CA)

Thank you for serving!

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For thirteen teenagers in the Blantyre Homeschoolers’ Group, service is a way of life. These young people—representing North America, the United Kingdom, and South Africa—are already living far from home to serve at various outposts in Malawi with their missionary families. Yet the teens jumped at the chance to participate in a mission project at the Matandani Technical Training School in Malawi. The school urgently needed five new classrooms to accommodate the growing campus. One of the buildings would be constructed by the teenagers.

Oklahoma Conference (OK) Centerville Adventist Church (OH) Madison Campus Adventist Church (TN) West Houston Adventist Church (TX) Kansas/Nebraska Conference Youth (KS/NE) Niles Westside Adventist Church (IN) Chehalis Church & Friends (WA) Fountainview Academy (Canada) The Gospel To The World (MA) Grand Junction & Cedaredge Adventist Church (CA) San Gabriel Academy (CA) Paradise Adventist Church (CA) Verde Valley Adventist Church (AZ)

Wes Hutson, from Culver, Oregon, was one of 65 volunteers who helped to renovate Thunderbird Adventist Academy in Arizona in the spring. The group worked on the boys’ and girls’ dorms, which had fallen into severe disrepair. The volunteers gutted and rebuilt the bathrooms, and installed new windows, carpets, sinks, and cabinetry in the dorm rooms. The second phase of the project will take place January 7 - February 14, 2013.


Monterey Bay Academy Sixty-four volunteers spent ten days, June 14-24, on the Central California coast for a work bee at Monterey Bay Academy. The team consisted of MBA staff, alumni, members of the Sonora and Lodi Fairmont Church, and volunteers from all over the United States. They worked on 13 different projects, including painting dorm rooms and campus homes, pouring concrete sidewalks, building a deck, and landscaping the campus. In an email report, MBA Principal Tim Kubrock wrote, “We have been richly blessed and are deeply grateful for each and every person who helped with our work

bee. We could not have done it without you! Thank you for what you have done for our students and our campus.” MBA is located on 379 coastal acres about 15 miles south of Santa Cruz, California, in a small community called La Selva Beach. The campus includes a private beach on central California’s beautiful Monterey Bay, which is also a national marine preserve.

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Choluteca, Honduras Manager for Maranatha in Honduras, were recognized for their coordination of the 18-month construction to complete the campus. Nearly 1,000 volunteers worked on the campus over the last year and a half. Prayers, generous donations, and thousands of hours of volunteer labor culminated in the dedication and grand opening of the brand new school campus in Choluteca, Honduras, on February 15, 2012. Maranatha volunteers have been working on the large campus complete with a block-construction Education and Evangelism Center (with an auditorium and 10

classrooms) as well as 30 One‑Day School buildings to serve as additional classrooms, offices, and laboratories. The dedication ceremony packed the auditorium with students, staff, parents, and community members. Darrell Hardy, Maranatha Vice President for Latin America, and Caleb de la Cruz, Construction

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Classes began that very day with 600 children registered and school officials expect to fill to capacity with 1,200 students before long. More than 200 of the students are newly registered from the area directly around the new campus outside of town. The Choluteca School has long been a missionary campus with only a fraction of students from Adventist homes.

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Los Angeles, Nicaragua When the members of the Los Angeles Church weren’t busy chasing bats from the eaves, they were craning their necks to get a glimpse of the pastor preaching from the other room. These were just some of the internal challenges of meeting in someone’s home. Externally, the congregation had to fight ridicule from passersby, who chastised the Adventists for not having a proper place of worship. Eventually the small group raised enough money to buy a plot of land—just enough to hold a One-Day Church. Unfortunately, the land needed to be leveled—a problem that would require more money to be resolved. Determined, the congregation borrowed money to buy fill and tamped the dirt by hand. By the time volunteers with the Summer Family Project arrived

to build the Los Angeles One-Day Church in June, the land was ready and the structure went up without a hitch. But the congregation was $600 in debt, making the road toward building walls and buying pews even longer. Upon hearing of their plight, the volunteers came up with $1,000 to not only pay off Los Angeles’ debt but to also purchase materials for walls. By the end of the project, the volunteers donated an additional $600 for pews. David Kim, a physician and volunteer with the Family Project, remembered the experience of giving as deeply spiritual. “There is a sense that you are watching the intertwining of faith, prayers, and compassion during that

New Albany, Mississippi Church After years of renting a church, the New Albany (MS) Spanish Seventh‑day Adventist Church members finally received a home of their own. Using a blueprint created by Maranatha specifically to meet the needs of small congregations, volunteers worked with the local congregation to construct a new church from the ground up. The design features a 125-seat sanctuary, offices, small classrooms, and a kitchen. At an approximate cost of $200,000 to build, the

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church design is affordable and efficient. The New Albany Church is a pilot project for what could be revolutionary for fulfilling the need for small church buildings in North America.

symbolic and real transaction of collective good will in God’s will,” he says. “My part in the contribution was a fraction of what was given, but combined with all the other fractions from the other Maranatha volunteers, it blossomed into the amount [needed to bless] the church.”

About Maranatha Maranatha spreads the Gospel throughout the world as it builds people through the construction of urgently needed buildings. All notices of change of address should be sent to the Maranatha Volunteers International United States address. Kyle Fiess, Editor kfiess@maranatha.org Carrie Purkeypile, Managing Editor cpurkeypile@maranatha.org Heather Bergren, Designer hbergren@maranatha.org United States Headquarters: Maranatha Volunteers International 990 Reserve Drive, Suite 100 Roseville, CA 95678 Phone: 916-774-7700 Fax: 916-774-7701 Website: maranatha.org In Canada: Maranatha Volunteers International Association 45175 Wells Road, Unit 20 Chilliwack, B.C. V2R 3K7 CANADA

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School’s in Session in Chileka BY DICK DUERKSEN

The Chileka Seventh‑day Adventist School was founded more than 50 years ago by missionaries. In those days the school was deep in the dusty fields far outside of Blantyre, Malawi. At first there were only a few students, but word spread quickly Photo by Brenda Duerksen and the school grew larger and larger until around Blantyre share a teacher’s there were dormitories, an eating guide for each subject. Providing room, and long rows of brick a copy for each professor is classrooms. The school became financially impossible. the center of the village. Student enrollment for 2010 nearly reached 300 students, studying in eight grades. The blackboards are pockmarked, and the library is empty. In the lower grades, there is one textbook for every five students. In the upper grades, the ratio is a bit better—there is one textbook for every three students. Teachers do not fare as well as the pupils. Typically, six to eight teachers in six to eight schools all Cover Photo taken by Dick Duerksen in Nicaragua.

Once a student graduates from eighth grade at Chileka there were no nearby options for Adventist education. Until now! In early 2012, teams of Maranatha workers completed 12 One‑Day School buildings on the Chileka campus, and the student body will soon expand rapidly. Donations have added a dozen books to the library, and there are rumors that a copy machine may be coming too!

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The Volunteer Summer 2012  

The Volunteer is the official publication of Maranatha Volunteers International. The newsletter is published four times a year and features...

The Volunteer Summer 2012  

The Volunteer is the official publication of Maranatha Volunteers International. The newsletter is published four times a year and features...