Heart of the River


Making Life Better for Others

John 10:10


Our goal is to make life better for other people.

The ultimate expression of that is to help people find a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

It is continued in helping people grow up as disciples and they also learn to make life better for others.


ORPHANS
Providing for Orphanages
We help to sponsor orphanages in India, Kenya, Haiti and Cambodia. We have visited all these sights and know that the monies are being used properly to feed, clothe, house and educate children.

Adoption
We encourage people to consider adoption as led by the Lord. Pastor Bob and Debbie have adopted two children of their own.

LOCAL MINISTRIES
People in Need Shoe Drive
The River sends a check annually in contribution to the shoe drive.

Bibles for Teens and College Students
The River gives Apologetics Bibles produced by Holman to teens who attend the River Youth Group and to students at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Common Ground Free Store
The River helps in supporting the Common Ground Free Store.

Jail Shoebox Ministry
One of the members of the River was saved through the catalyst of receiving a shoebox of items while he was in jail at Christmas. Each year we gather the shoebox items, wrap them in boxes and deliver them to the jail inmates. We have planted many good seeds and received amazing feedback about how much these boxes meant to the inmates from letters they have sent us.

Community Helps
The River helps individuals and other community aid groups from time to time as directed by the Lord.

SUPPORTING MINISTRIES DEVELOPED BY RIVER PEOPLE
Equine Alley
Equine Alley is a Therapeutic Riding program that uses horseback riding to touch the lives of children with physical, mental and emotional challenges. They help children with autism and other challenges experience love, discipline and the joy of riding a horse. The children find healing and growth during their sessions. Several people from the River are involved in this ministry.

Rescue W.A.T.C.H.
Working with Theresa Flores to rescue children and teens trapped in human trafficking.

Orphan Outreach
Raises money to feed, clothe and educate orphans. Current countries include: Kenya, India, Cambodia (Vietnamese Orphans) and Haiti.

MISSIONS
India
We have taken four trips to India to train local pastors and to care for orphans. Various members of the River have made these trips.

Kenya
We have had two medical missions to Kenya with Dr. Steve Schneider, a River member, and other River people providing medical expertise and pharmaceuticals to the local villagers.

Vietnam/Cambodia
We have a relationship with Paul Ai who is a Vietnamese church father. He oversees many churches in Vietnam and Vietnamese churches in other Southeast Asian countries. Pastor Bob has traveled to Cambodia to help Pastor Paul in training Vietnamese pastors.

Panama
The youth group has taken mission trips to the Darrien Jungle in Panama.

Haiti
We helped two ministries in Haiti including sending a team and money to help to rebuild a church destroyed by the 2010 earthquake.

DISASTER RELIEF
Tsunami
We combined a mission trip to India with relief after the Tsunami of 2004.

Hurricane Sandy
We helped to send a truckload of supplies to New Jersey and New York to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Haiti
We sent a team into Haiti after the earthquake of 2010.

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES

AWANA
We have a great ministry to children in helping them to learn scripture and the Biblical Christian Worldview.

VBS
Each summer we have a great Vacation Bible School filled with truth, creativity and fun.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Each Halloween/Beggars Night, we offer an alternative event for the families of the River to have a fun evening. This past year we rented the Jungle Gym.

 

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
We offer a course, from time to time, to help people gain control of their finances.

CAR RALLY
We have an outreach to the community and car enthusiasts. We have seen people give their lives to Jesus through this ministry.

INNER CITY MINISTRIES
Victory Ministry
We help this Columbus ministry from time to time as the Lord leads.

Better Way Ministry
We help this Columbus ministry from time to time as the Lord leads.

Garden Church
We helped this inner city church put on a new roof.

CROSS CURRENT
Second Watch
Second Watch is an evening of prayer and praise where we pray for the move of the Spirit of God in Delaware County. Second Watch is the second Friday of each month. The River music team is named Cross Current.

Delaware County Fair Bandstand
The last three years Cross Current has played at the Delaware County Fair.

HOW TO MAKE SENSE OF THINGS

Pastor Bob has a ministry of teaching the Biblical Christian Worldview to everyone. Since his battle with cancer, he believes that he must get the BCW to the iY Generation (millennials). This ministry is called How to Make Sense of Things.