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Editorial: We Are There — That None Perish!

By Zollie Smith
July 3, 2011

The Assemblies of God U.S. Missions Division was organized to fulfill the Great Commission in America. Throughout the past 74 years of crafting the division under several leaders, it has become the vehicle that appoints U.S. missionaries, plays a key role in commissioning chaplains, and places project volunteers to reach with the gospel those who are perishing. The division has grown to more than 1,200 missionaries and chaplains with more than 3,000 project volunteers and other workers.

U.S. Missions is composed of seven unique departments called “The Seven Windows to America.” The appropriateness of this label is in direct correlation to the diversity of the many people and special needs groups in our great nation. Therefore, each window is defined by the unique ministry endeavors that are pursued through it: Chaplaincy, Chi Alpha, Intercultural Ministries, Missionary Church Planters and Developers, U.S. MAPS, Teen Challenge and Youth Alive.

These windows target the various people groups in America, most of which have developed their own cultural identity. The majority of the individuals who make up these indigenous groups have never had a presentation of the gospel. They are, in many cases, not likely to be in the spotlight of local churches. Therefore, U.S. Missions, through its Seven Windows, has targeted these unique people groups to reach with the gospel in partnership with the local church.

The Seven Windows are intentional in recruiting missionaries, chaplains and project volunteers who are committed to the call of God on their lives and the desire to fulfill the Great Commission in America. These individuals are gifted, trained, specialized and full of compassion — they are the heart of U.S. Missions. They exist to replicate themselves in the lives of those they rescue so that the rescued can become the rescuers to their own unique people groups. The missionaries, chaplains and volunteers are the frontline warriors in the fight to fulfill the Great Commission in America. In fulfillment of the Great Commission, they go to the hurting, abused, oppressed and forgotten.

America, we are there — so that none perish!

Zollie Smith
Executive Director, Assemblies of God U.S. Missions

 

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