Maranatha Volunteers International

A ministry registered under the name Maranatha Flights International in 1969. It was founded as a nonprofit organization by John Freeman, a Seventh-day Adventist commercial photographer. He operated out of his home in Berrien Springs, Michigan. In 1989 Maranatha Flights International merged with Virginia-based Volunteers International, whose president was Robert Bainum. At the same time, the ministry’s name was changed to Maranatha Volunteers International and headquarters were relocated to Sacramento, California. Maranatha coordinates volunteer laborers who then help fund and construct urgently needed buildings throughout the world field. The organization works closely alongside the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a supporting ministry but encourages Christian volunteers from all denomi...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.