Fulltimers Combine Mission Work & Ad Sales
Many people dream of doing missionary work, but wonder how they can spend more of their time volunteering and still earn a living at the same time.
Jerry and Margaret Krebill have figured out a strategy to do just that.
Living as full-time RVers, the Krebills spend close to half of the year working as volunteers with the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program, which recruits RV enthusiasts to provide construction and renovation support to churches, church camps, missions, orphanages and similar ministries across North America.
The rest of the year, they work as advertising representatives for the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), which produces the RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas, a four-color glossy magazine that lists more than 350 campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas and surrounding states, according to a TACO news release.
“We actually recruit new campground members to join the association,” Krebill said. “We call on new members and make sure they understand what the association offers. We also get them tied into the association’s travel planning website at TexasCampgrounds.com.”
The Krebills also work as part-time advertising representatives for AGS, a Crowley-based company that produces and publishes guest guides and site maps for campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the country.
In fact, the Krebills did their ad sells job so well they were honored during AGS’s recent annual sales meeting for increasing their annual sales by $89,905 — the highest amount of any ad team that works for half a year or less.
The Krebills said working part-time with TACO and AGS enables them to enjoy the RV lifestyle while also volunteering more of their time with the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program.
“The last volunteer job we did was on a Navajo Indian Reservation near Gallup, N.M.,” Krebill said. “We worked on a church and school and remodeled the bedroom of a staff member’s house.”
The Krebills said they are used to an active lifestyle.
Before becoming full-time RVers in 2004, they owned a manufacturers representatives company and represented about a dozen electronics manufacturers.