Serve In Paradise

Could you qualify for a place on the Mid-Pacific Center’s dedicated team of volunteers?

“If you love sports,” says volunteer Henry Thiessen, “imagine your favorite baseball or football team winning the championship. Then picture yourself as the equipment manager or the ball boy of that squad. It would be very exciting!”

In 2014, Henry and his wife Mic, educationalists from Canada with five grandchildren, signed on for three months as volunteers at Haggai Institute’s Mid-Pacific Center. They’d done volunteering before, with the Mennonite Disaster Service in Alabama & Mississippi, and enjoyed hiking, walking, camping, exploring and meeting friends.

But volunteering at Haggai Institute – supporting some of the world’s most influential Christian leaders – was an extraordinary experience.

Says Mic, “You would think that menial tasks such as making beds, cleaning, vacuuming, mopping, gardening and pool-cleaning, would go unnoticed. Yet a woman leader from Haiti said to me, ‘When you do this it makes me feel like a princess’ – and then she started to cry.”

That reaction isn’t unusual. Henry explains, “They are surprised to find that these white North American grandpas and grandmas – who are not getting paid, and who are not that young – are willing to do the grunt work so men and women from developing countries can focus on their Kingdom-building work.”

Other volunteers are just as enthusiastic.

Fred and Janie Hettinga of Canada have recently completed their eighth 3-month stint at the Mid-Pacific Center, and they count meeting the participants as a highlight.

“What a joy and a privilege to serve these wonderful Christian brothers and sisters!”Fred and Janie Hettinga (MPC Volunteers)

Mark and Polly Thomas from the USA agree: “It has been, and continues to be, an opportunity like no other, to meet Christians from countries outside of North America in a setting that allows denominational, cultural, economic, racial and gender barriers to disappear.”

You go to Maui, say Henry and Mic, “to forget about your own agenda and look at a bigger picture, to bask in the warmth and beauty of God’s creation, to grow and meet God’s people from all over the world.”

It’s not just the pleasure of spending time at a top facility in one of the world’s most prized tourist destinations. Volunteers become a crucial link in the machinery of world missions. As one leader put it, “every drop of sweat is a tear of intercession.”

“We laughed, cried, played and prayed together and felt so loved and supported during our time with the ‘Haggai family’.”Fred and Sandra Bussey (MPC Volunteers)

New volunteers are always welcome if they can meet the Haggai Institute criteria. It’s hard work. But volunteers never complain. As Henry and Mic say, “There are any sore muscles, many new cleaning techniques, hair dripping wet from headbands not quite doing the trick, many stops for water breaks – and many howls of laughter, and many new found friends!”

“Every time we volunteer at Haggai we come home spiritually motivated and excited!”Pearl and Cliff Neufeld (MPC Volunteers)

If you have a heart for servant leadership, and feel God calling you in this direction, please pray about it, and then contact our Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer@Haggai-Institute.com.

FAQ’s:

Our mission is to provide both a clean, well-maintained facility and exceptional housekeeping services for 60 to 180 international participants, faculty, and special guests. Our volunteers bring tremendous heart and passion to the Haggai Institute Volunteer Ministry. They model servant leadership to our guests through the level of excellence in their tasks and through their care, compassion, and cheerful smiles.
Volunteer service at the Haggai Institute Mid-Pacific Center varies from three to six months. Those who desire to serve for less than three months may be considered and would be responsible for their own airfare to and from Maui. Volunteers serving for three months or more may qualify to have their airfare paid by Haggai Institute.
The team approach is used to accomplish the assignments of housekeeping and building maintenance for this 190-room facility. The duties are divided into two volunteer teams, the Maintenance Team and the Housekeeping Team.
Volunteers stay in the Center. They will be hosted in a king-sized or a queen-sized room, depending on availability.
Of course! Before and/or after assignments, the island is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors. The facility itself is top class, so take advantage of the huge swimming pool as well as the beach and the ocean. In addition, during the sessions, programs scheduled on special evenings include International Praise Night and Convocation. Volunteers are invited to be a part of the audience and fellowship with the participants at these times.
The volunteer team is made up from individuals who are 25-70 years in age and are from Western nations such as the United States, Canada and Australia – countries from which our international participants are NOT selected. Based on our needs, we may consider those who exceed the age limit if they have the necessary, specialized skill sets.

Easy – for more information and details about the program or the application process, please contact us:

Haggai Institute Mid-Pacific Center
175 East Lipoa Street Kihei, HI 96753
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator

Fax: 808-875-1723
Phone: 808-874-5197
Email: Volunteer@Haggai-Institute.com