Reel Life International is a non-profit 501(c)3 formed to work alongside the church in cultivating a passion for the Gospel through short-term missions. By mobilizing people and resources, RLI endeavors to share the love of Christ with those facing extreme physical and spiritual need. Our work is accomplished through international church and missionary field partners as well as the many volunteers who travel with us. In addition to an incredible hands-on experience, RLI also provides participants with an opportunity to explore biblical life application principles which greatly improve perspective and help provide clarity to one’s life purpose.
“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights
of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy…”
– Psalm 82:3-4a
Formed in 2009, the work of Reel Life International has grown to reach several countries including Cuba, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Bahamas and the U.S. It is our belief that personal involvement, adequate resources and effective partnerships with the local church are the primary keys necessary for bringing about the most effective long-term alleviation of the social and spiritual issues we seek to address.
Why Reel Life? The story behind the name…
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:19-20)
The name Reel Life International is rooted in Jesus’ call for us to follow Him. His words in the Gospel of Matthew point to the fact that if we follow Him, He will make us into “fishers of men.” In other words, outreach and evangelism are to be central components in the lives of followers of Christ. If this were not the case, He would have said something different or explained some other options for His followers! In this text, Jesus was calling men to stop what they were doing and completely change the direction of their lives in order to follow Him. This was not a part-time call. It was not a call dealing with comfort level or personal preference. It was a call to join Him in the eternally significant activity of fishing for the souls of men.
This specific illustration was used with these men because they were fishermen and would understand the analogy. He was calling them to something much bigger, and their response is significant. Not only did they make the decision to follow Christ, but they did so immediately. The manner in which they were moved by God’s call upon their lives led them to abruptly stop what they were doing with no intent of going back. God’s word provides us with the intricate detail that they “left their nets,” pointing to the fact that they left behind that which provided for their very livelihoods. A fisherman’s nets would be considered among their most valuable possessions. Not only did they respond by following Jesus immediately, but they did so in a manner of complete commitment and dependency. Though they understood this higher calling upon their lives, they certainly did not know exactly how this would play out. Following Jesus required faith in Him and obedience to Him.
And so it is with us. If you are a follower of Christ, God’s word provides clear instructions as to what we are to be doing. Glorifying God by taking the gospel to all nations is to be our life focus. The context of Matthew 4 is the same as Matthew 28, Acts 1 and Romans 10. To be a follower of Christ is to be a fisher of men. Everything else in our lives is meant to revolve around this central purpose.
Reel Life International was formed to work with the church in cultivating a passion for the gospel through short-term missions. Our goal is to involve all people in God’s great mission so that we may all be known as “fishers of men.” We believe that a cross-cultural mission trip is an outstanding platform for learning to apply the things we study in God’s word. Reel Life is committed to providing opportunities for each of us to take steps of obedience and to encourage one another in love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24) As a result, we find incredible evidence of God’s faithfulness. An exchange of blessings takes place as the local church is encouraged and strengthened while our teams are drawn into a closer relationship with their Heavenly Father.
Are you being called to put down your nets, unplug for a week, and engage with God? Consider joining us or forming a team from your church, family, or business for a custom week of incredible team-building, leadership development and spiritual growth. It is guaranteed to be a time you will not soon forget!
Reel Life serves as a conduit, sending both people and resources to further the sustainable work of our field partners.