Eric and Julie Maas are from Greenville, NC. Eric was born in Ohio and Julie is originally from North Carolina. They met while attending college at East Carolina University in 1994. They were married in 1998 and have two children, Ciera our daughter born May 2003 and Josiah our son born September 2007. Eric has his professional background in construction management. He has had experience as a General Contractor and home inspector. He hopes to be involved in housing, church development and restoration in Belize. Julie has been a registered nurse since 1996 and has worked in adult and women's health with predominant experience in the care of newborns.
Both Eric and Julie were raised in Christian homes but did not actively develop a true relationship with Christ until year 2000. Their faith grew being involved in church and a passion for mission work evolved in time. Eric had opportunities to travel to Nicaragua and Honduras on short-term mission trips. Julie spent extensive time reading on the physical, medical, spiritual, and economic needs of the world. With an open mind, together they surrendered their lives to God's will for them and how they could be a part of His plan. With clear discernment, a calling to Belize was undeniable and a journey was to begin the summer of 2008. We believed wholeheartedly that Jesus came not to be served, but to serve and that is the basis of our mission too.
Without a doubt, Eric and Julie want to give of their time and talent 200% to the betterment and livelihood to those in need. Meeting human needs with the love of Christ is essential to their goal on the field. We will love God with all our hearts, mind, and strength by truly loving our neighbor- two of Jesus’ greatest commandments. There has been tremendous joy being the center of God's will and has independently deepened our trust and faith in Christ. "If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life (Matt 16:25)."
We are partnered in ministry with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Atlanta Georgia, North Carolina Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and our encourager church is Oakmont Baptist Church of Greenville North Carolina.
Since July 2008, Eric & Julie have been the volunteer director’s of the Baptist Training Center (www.BelizeBTC.org) in Camalote Village in Belize. They plan to serve in Belize however long God calls them to be there. And if He calls them to “go to the land I will show you,” they will go.
In the meantime, the Maas family has grown another family member. They are fostering-to-adopt a local child who is from a children's home and hope to have his final adoption completed by mid-2015. His name is Zac. And what joy he brings!
In summary, we support the scriptures written in the New Testament stating, "The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me (Acts 20:24)." Also, "I expect and hope that I will not fail Christ in anything but that I will have the courage now, as always, to show the greatness of Christ in my life here on earth, whether I live or die (Philippians 1:20)."