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church camp send off rivers church

Our Rivers Church youth headed to camp this past week and so we want to spotlight the lives changed and hearts moved as well as thank the leaders that helped make it happen; our Worship & Student Pastor, Josiah Thompson and his wife, the Youth Ministry Leader, Laura Thompson!

Thank you everyone for the prayers this week. We had multiple students decide to follow Christ , and others were completely broken by the Spirit and took big steps in their faith! It was truly a great week!

Who is Josiah & Laura Thompson:
Josiah and Laura Thompson helped plant Rivers Church in 2008. Over the years, the roles and responsibilities of Josiah and Laura have grown. They have three children; two daughters, Kensley and Olivia, and a son in the middle, Braylyn.

What Josiah Does
Josiah serves as our Worship & Student Pastor and is also in charge of our Men’s Discipleship. “As a worship pastor I schedule the appropriate people for that specific Sunday, and plan the songs for that week. As a youth pastor, I get the lesson and small group material ready for each Wednesday night. But myself along with the other volunteer leaders take the time to attend our students school and sporting events throughout the week.

Why Josiah Does it
“I do this because the spiritual rewards outweigh anything this life/world has to offer. To see these teens come to know Christ and being able to help lead them in their journey.”

Josiah’s Favorite Bible Verse
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.Numbers 6:24-26

Notes from Josiah
“It’s never a waste of time when you’re doing the work of the Kingdom, no matter what it is, so just do it!”

rivers church studentsWhat Laura Does
Laura is our 3:SIXTEENS youth leader.  “As a youth leader/wife of youth pastor I do a lot of the background stuff that isn’t seen. I organize events, pick up youth, make sure youth is feed on Wednesday and I also lead our high school girls small group.”

Why Laura Does It
“Growing up I did not have anyone to grow along side me and teach me. I prayed for God to use me in a way to reach others that may not have anyone to guide them either.”

Laura’s Favorite Bible Verse
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. – Psalms‬ ‭19‬‬:‭14‬ NLT

Notes from Josiah
“It’s never a waste of time when you’re doing the work of the Kingdom, no matter what it is, so just do it!”

 

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