After much prayer and thought our leadership team concluded that God is leading us to discontinue our ministry at theRIVER. Our last Sunday service was on October 19, 2014.
While this decision was extremely difficult it also become clear that God is leading us in a new direction. Debbie and I are so grateful for the 20 years God has given us here. We really don’t know what is next for us personally. We are asking God to show us and to keep our hearts open to whatever He may have in mind. We are scared at times but also excited because we firmly believe He has not abandoned us or our church and behind every ‘No’ He has a bigger ‘Yes’.
It is gratifying to remember some of the wonderful things God has done through theRIVER, it’s a reminder that God has been in it every step of the way and that our work has not been in vain. While it is incredibly sad to close the doors to this particular church the River flows. And we have seen this River flow into many other rivers of Grace around Orlando and beyond.
Every church organization in the history of the world, including all the ones Paul started, have or will one day be closed as the River of His Grace eventually assimilates their confluence into the mighty ocean of His eternal Kingdom. On that day we will have no regrets, only gratitude and amazement.
May God continue to pour out His abundant blessings into all of our lives and through us reach many others with His love.
Gratefully, Chuck and Debbie