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A real joy ride

by Meadow Piepho

Glenn and Joyce Ginder have been taking a drive down a new road in their lives . . . quite literally. The Ginders are spending their retirement years in a fifth-wheel trailer traveling with Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service (RVICS). This faith-based ministry connects retired Christian volunteers and their RVs with Christian schools, churches, and camps across North America to complete any maintenance and service work needed by the establishments, free of charge.

After 35 years of pastoring BIC congregations in Pennsylvania, California, Oregon, and Indiana and 10 years as bishop of the Midwest and Central (now Great Lakes) Conferences, Glenn never would have guessed that “craftsmanship” was his top spiritual gift. But a spiritual gifts assessment that he took in 2002 while serving at Manor BIC Church (Lancaster, Pa.) indicated just that.

“‘Craftsmanship’ grabbed my attention,” he recalls. “Joyce and I talked that evening. Could it be possible that we could spend ‘retirement’ in a ministry where we primarily used our hands and the gift of craftsmanship? That same day I did an internet search and found RVICS.”

Since joining RVICS in 2003, Glenn and Joyce have spent time in a number of U.S. states, and they plan to head to British Columbia next. As team leaders, they’ve worked with other participants doing construction, landscaping, painting, plumbing, sewing, and office duties.

Yet Glenn and Joyce don’t separate their physical labors from their spiritual ones. “We have become a significant part of these ministries, working behind the scenes to assist in telling the good news to all sorts of people,” Glenn shares. “It is exciting and rewarding!”

For more information about RVICS and its ministries, visit www.rvics.com.

This article originally appeared in the summer 2008 issue of In Part magazine.

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