Updated March 18, 2020
Maranatha Volunteers International’s highest priority is our volunteers, and we are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe experience for each mission trip. This includes keeping an open line of communication with our participants and assessing daily updates on the current COVID-19 outbreak.
Maranatha has been closely monitoring information from security firms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US State Department, and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as communicating with our staff in each country where we are currently working. Any relevant information is being shared with those teams who are currently on a project and with teams scheduled to travel in the next few weeks.
On March 12, 2020, the State Department issued a Level 3 Global Health Advisory, asking U.S. citizens to reconsider all “travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.” Since then, multiple countries have announced their own travel restrictions that impact our volunteers.
As of March 17, 2020, all Maranatha projects have been postponed for the rest of March and into April. This includes mission trips organized by churches and schools and projects that we organize from our office. Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with recommendations regarding gatherings from the CDC, we are also and postponing projects in the U.S. We are in communication with all volunteers on the interest and registered list regarding the status of upcoming projects.
Maranatha is proceeding with projects scheduled for later this year, and they will be adjusted as needed.
During this pause of volunteer activity, Maranatha’s international team will continue building churches, schools, and classrooms wherever they are permitted to keep working.
Our team at headquarters in California is also continuing to work, providing updates on communities you’ve supported and new areas of need. You’ll also continue to hear from us through Maranatha Matters, our weekly email newsletter; The Volunteer, our quarterly magazine; Maranatha Mission Stories, our television program available on 3ABN, Hope Channel, YouTube, and on The Maranatha Channel app via Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, iPhone, and Android.
Our phone lines are also open, and our staff will be ready to answer your calls.
We understand this is a time of heightened uncertainty as information continues to change, hour by hour. We encourage each person to read the information that has been shared here and to check back for updates.
In our staff meeting room at our office in California, we have a large rock in the corner. It is our Ebenezer stone, and in Hebrew, “Ebenezer” means “a stone of help.” It refers to a story found in 1 Samuel, chapter 7, and signifies our total trust in God during times of trouble. It reminds us that whenever we take the opportunity to look at the past, whether difficult or not, we can see that God reliably led us through. Through the past 50 years, God has protected and guided this organization in countless ways, and we can fully trust He is with us now.
We are praying for safety, courage, and God’s continued guidance.
If you have any questions, please call our office at (916) 774-7700 or email us at email@example.com. We are prepared to help you in any way we can.
The following projects have been postponed. If you are already registered for these projects, we will notify you of any updates regarding rescheduled trips. This list includes projects organized by Maranatha and those coordinated by church and school groups.
- Northern California Conference (Côte d’Ivoire)
- Pacific Union College Preparatory School Team (Kenya)
- Carmichael Adventist Church Team (Peru)
- Palisades Adventist Church Team (Peru)
- Multiple Group Project (Peru)
- Mother Lode Adventist Junior Academy Team (Peru)
- Grand Rapids Adventist Academy Team (Peru)
- Isaiah Volunteers Team (Peru)
- Bermuda Institute Team (Peru)
- Paradise Adventist Church Community Outreach (California, USA)
- Blue Mountain Academy (Pennsylvania, USA)
- Camp Yavapines (Arizona, USA)
- Camp MiVoden (Idaho, USA)
Projects that are currently scheduled for later this year will be adjusted if necessary. Please reference our project calendar for the latest information.
Prevention is key!
- Practice social distancing. Avoid gatherings of more than 50 people and keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others. Follow the recommendations of your local government.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, frequently scrubbing the fronts and backs of your hands as well as between your fingers for at least 20-30 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- If you don’t have access to soap and water, rub your hands with hand sanitizer until they are dry, using sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and frequently touched objects, like cell phones, using household cleaner or disinfectant wipes.
- Wash your hands after shaking hands with others or after handling cash.
Keep your immune system strong!
- Get adequate sleep–at least 7-9 hours each night.
- Eat a well-balanced diet boosting your intake of foods with vitamins C, B6, E and A–all important to the immune system. Avoid sugar and items like soda and candy.
- Exercise daily to boost your immune system.
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water each day.
- Reduce stress wherever possible to improve your immune system.
Remember, viruses don’t discriminate, and neither should we. Have compassion for people and communities who have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.