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Refresh Conference / River Reach News 4/28

Dear River Reach Family,

Will You not Yourself revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” Psalm 85:6

Refresh Conference begins this Sunday 4/30!

As we’ve seen in our study of the life of Abram, the believer’s fellowship with God is constantly changing.  When we spend time studying and meditating on God’s Word, we grow in the Lord.  When we allow our priorities to shift, our obedience and fruitfulness for the Lord diminishes.  The purpose of our Refresh Conference is to give us an extra concentrated dose of God’s Word to renew our minds and hearts in Christ.  I am excited about what the Lord will do in my heart through each of the six sessions.  I am reminded of the promise Jesus gave,

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6

I am certain that time spent in God’s Word will feed your soul and satisfy your heart.


Our Speaker: Mike Herbster

Mike Herbster serves as Southland’s Director. He and his wife Amy Herbster both grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.  They attended Bible College together and were married in 1996.  Mike finished a MA in Pastoral Studies and also has a degree in music. Amy has a degree in music education.   They have spent every summer since 1992 in camp ministry.  During the fall and spring of the past 13 years, Mike was in full-time evangelism, traveling with his brother Mark in a ministry of preaching and music. God led them to Southland in the summer of 2003 where they led the music and assisted in program and administration.
In the fall of 2008 God led Mike to become the Director of Southland.  He continued to travel with his family and lead the camp ministry mostly from the road. In 2014 God has led Mike and Amy to a full time position at Southland Christian Ministries. God has blessed them with 4 children, Micah, Malachi, Michala and Mckenna, who are a vital part of the ministry.

Refresh Schedule:

Sunday: 9:30am; 10:30am; Lunch; 1:00pm Afternoon session

Monday – Wednesday at 6:30pm

Meals: If you would like to host the Herbsters for a meal, they are available for dinners Monday-Tuesday.  Please let Pastor Dan or myself know if you are interested in hosting a meal.

Outreach: We will have a special outreach for the Refresh Conference tomorrow morning @ 10:30am.

Soccer: If you are interested, Pastor Dan will be hosting a soccer game with the Herbsters on Sunday afternoon following the final session.  Anyone interested is welcome to join in the fun.  See Pastor Dan for details.


We are in the process of planning a baptismal service.  If you have trusted Christ as your Savior, but have not yet been baptized, this is an opportunity for you to follow the Lord in baptism (Matthew 28:19-20).  I would love to talk with you and make arrangements for you to be included in this service.

Prayer Requests:

  • The Herbsters as they travel from Louisiana on Saturday
  • The Lord to revive our hearts through His Word during our Refresh Conference
  • People to respond to the invitations they have received.
  • Traveling mercies for several families in the church

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday 4/29 – 10:30am – Refresh Outreach
  • Sunday 4/30 – Refresh Conference
    • 9:25am – First Session
    • 10:30am – Second Session
    • Noon – Lunch Fellowship
    • 1:00pm – Third Session
    • Monday-Wednesday @ 6:30pm
  • May 7th Missionaries Ben and Ashley Fairchild to Indonesia

The Lord is good!
Matthew Rowley


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