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Editorial: Seventy-Five Years of Rescuing the Perishing

By Zollie Smith
July 01, 2012

The year 2012 marks a historic milestone for U.S. Missions: 75 years serving as the domestic missions agency of the Assemblies of God in the United States.

It was 1937, and the United States was recovering from the worst economic disaster since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was working to bring hope to a nation ravaged by despair, as millions struggled daily to maintain their families in the dark shadows of unemployment.

Born in a time of struggle, U.S. Missions was commissioned to fulfill a unique role of providing hope to the hopeless and light to a dark world. From that time until now, the mandate of the Great Commission and the good news of the gospel have been the motivation of our team … that none perish.

Today, our times reflect many of the same challenges seen three-quarters of a century ago. And once again we find ourselves in a privileged position of taking the hope of Jesus Christ to those who have lost their way.

From our humble beginnings, the division has grown to more than 1,200 missionaries and chaplains, with more than 3,000 project volunteers and other workers. These individuals are gifted, trained, specialized and full of compassion. They are the heart of U.S. Missions.

Composed of seven unique departments we call “The Seven Windows to America,” U.S. Missions serves the diverse people and special needs groups in our great nation. Since our early beginnings, U.S. Missions has been a vital partner with the local church in fulfilling the Great Commission. And by this partnership the local church can touch every aspect of our culture.

Like the pioneers who began this work so many years ago, our team is still on the cutting edge with unique ministries for our day. Our methods are different from when we began, but our mission is the same: Reach America with the gospel … that none perish.

Zollie Smith

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