Temple City Church Youth Leader Aaron Nakamura Speaks at 2014 Maranatha Convention
Maranatha is a non-profit, responsive organization that works in conjunction with the Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide strong, dignified structures for worship and education. Around the world, there are thousands of congregations praying for a proper church to call their own while meeting in sheds or under trees. Children are going to school in dilapidated buildings, causing their quality of education to suffer. To fill this urgent need, Maranatha constructs churches and schools—facilities that later become centers of outreach for a community. History has shown that the construction of churches and schools is a catalyst for membership growth in a region.
To broaden the impact of the work, Maranatha organizes short-term mission trips. Averaging about 10-14 days, these mission projects mobilize volunteers who are willing to fund their own travel and lodging for a life-changing service experience. Once there, volunteers not only work on the construction site but also organize service activities, such as medical clinics and educational programs for children. The mission experience can have a transformative effect on a volunteer. From exposure to a new culture and society to a deep spiritual growth, people return changed and ready to positively impact their own communities at home.
Based out of Roseville, California (a suburb of Sacramento), Maranatha hosts an annual Friday-Saturday convention typically in the Sacramento or Portland cities during the latter half of September or early October. This year's convention took place at the Adventure Christian Church on September 19-20, 2014 in Roseville, California and featured numerous testimonies and stories from many of Maranatha's projects throughout the year. Aaron Nakamura, one of the youth leaders and elders from the Temple City Seventh-day Adventist Church in southern California was one of the main presenters during the Friday night program.
Aaron Nakamura spoke about working alongside high school and collegiate young people throughout the world as a volunteer to project coordinator for almost 6 years. He made emphasized points on accepting young people for who they are and for the fact that they are seeking Christ but are often rejected and turned away from churches due to their "rusty" past or origins.
The convention was broadcasted live on the 3ABN and Hope TV channels as well as live on www.maranatha.org.
Visit www.maranatha.org for more details about the organization or www.aaronnakamura.com for more about Aaron Nakamura.