“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).
For Jack Reif, member at Milford First UMC in the Ohio River Valley District, his 30+ years of service as a Volunteers in Mission (VIM) team leader and coordinator has been all about glorifying God. Jack’s good works have taken him to Alaska, North Carolina, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, where he has traveled 40 different times.
“I got involved in mission ministry as an answer to what I perceived as a ‘call,’” Jack says. “One of my goals was to urge as many others as possible to join me.”
In addition to being involved in mission teams, Jack also served as ORV District VIM coordinator as well as on VIM boards for The West Ohio Conference, North Central Jurisdiction, and the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Illinois.
“Christians need to engage in ‘risk-taking service and mission,’ which can mean anything outside the door of home or church, not necessarily international,” Jack remarks. “Jesus emphasized servanthood, so I think that is an important image to emulate.”
Jack says his favorite memories are of the volunteers with whom he served. Some became pastors, others changed their college majors because of their experiences, and still others used their passion to bring others alongside in mission.
“I have worked with so many dedicated and wonderful people in a number of countries and settings, and these relationships are precious,” Jack recalls.
At the end of 2020, Jack will "retire" from Volunteer in Mission service. Thank you, Jack, for your commitment to lead and invite others to share God’s transformative love with people near and far.