We support over 5,000 missionaries through North America Mission Board (NAMB) and International Mission Board (IMB). We do this thru our weekly offerings along with special mission emphasis through the year.
Several years ago, God led River Bend to partner with a retired electrical engineer, Sam Nicholson, and his wife, Marcy. God led Sam and Marcy to start a ministry in Nuevo de Octubre along the Amazon River, south of Iquitos Peru. Sam and Marcy reach the people along a 100-mile section of the Amazon River through medical clinics, English classes and pastor training.
River Bend conducts a Pastor training class every February. In addition, River Bend has adopted a village called Buenos Aries, Peru. It is on an island in the middle of the Amazon River with approximately 400 residents. The living conditions on the island are deplorable. There is no electricity, and safe drinking water is scarce. Most of the villagers suffer with the effects of intestinal parasites and other waterborne illnesses. River Bend is helping the people of Buenos Aries by digging fresh water wells and delivering much-needed medical supplies. So far, we have completed one water well, conducted one children’s evangelistic event, and delivered medical supplies. We have also helped Pastor Ramon with a much-needed cataract surgery. He lives on the Island. Our future plans include digging more wells, delivering more medical supplies, and bringing in more teams to reach the people for Jesus Christ.
India – Several years ago Steve and Mercy Bolting joined River Bend and helped us reach our area for Jesus. They also blessed us by introducing us to Mercy’s father who leads a ministry in India. Dr. Joseph Samuel is a medical doctor who, at the prompting of the Holy Spirit, left his practice to continue the ministry established by his father. The ministry is called the Perambur Christian Church, and God has called them to the following:
– church planting – evangelism – pastor training – medical clinics
– Bible Seminars – Bible schools – orphan and widow care – Christian Mission Hospital
– Christian school – future orphanage
Dr. Samuel has visited us several times over the years, and he always brings an exciting word about the ministry. In June of 2008, we were able to raise enough funds to buy 78 bicycles for new pastors. What a blessing it was to know the gospel was going to spread into new areas with the help of our support. We continue to support the ministries of Dr. Samuel.
Africa – In 2005, the Lord led our church to form a relationship with Pastor Andrew Mukasa in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. At the time, Andrew was attempting to raise funds for his church, Victory Centre, to buy the building they were meeting in. We were blessed to help him reach his goal and assist the church in securing a permanent home. In the years since then, Andrew has started three more churches and two preschools. Every week he conducts radio broadcasts which reach millions of people in Tanzania.
Belize – Bob and Rhonda Farley have served in Belize for almost 20 years. During those years, they have started Bible studies and churches. They have helped the local school district train teachers to help children with special needs, and the Farleys have started a Bible College to help train local pastors. They have hosted countless mission teams from churches in the US in order to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
With Bob and Rhonda’s help, River Bend was blessed to be a part of starting a church in Barronco village to reach an unreached people group called the Garifuna. Although this village is literally at the end of a dark jungle road, they are the light for all who live there. Bob and Rhonda have a tremendous faith and follow God as they serve in a difficult place in the world.