The nations, tribes, peoples and languages of the Amazon among those worshiping around the Throne of God and the Lamb in the New Jerusalem.
"Declare what is to be, present it—let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me."
“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.
By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.
They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone are deliverance and strength.’” Isaiah 45:21-24a
"After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: 'Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb'." Revelation 7:9-10
Our Mission…Making All Things New
Leaders, especially in God's church, where all members are gifted for ministry, must learn how to lead effectively. Leadership in God's community is a matter of gifts given by the Spirit of God. RiverWind partners with learning organizations such as Development Associates International, using a non-formal Servant Leadership curriculum, as well as Scriptures In Use, using the training materials authored by them to the the stories of the Bible chronologically to indigenous cultures, which are more typically oral rather than reading cultures. The curriculum incorporates memory and music, dance and drama, art and design to pass along the histories, movements, spiritual beliefs and social values of their cultures transformed by the Gospel.
As members of God's community, we do not live for ourselves, we live for others. Jesus called us to announce the Kingdom of God to the kingdoms of the world. In doing so he commissioned his followers to care for the poor and the powerless, the weak and the wounded, the dispossessed and the down-trodden, the hungry and the homeless, those who thirst for clean water as well as God's righteousness.
Churches are communities within culturally and globally diverse communities. Churches are worshiping communities of people. Christian worship - as the Apostle Paul reminded the Roman Christians - is an act of presenting ourselves as holy sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1). We are too prone to failure in the practice of holiness; we need encouragement to grow in becoming what one writer has called "a thriving community." It is not enough, as an organization engaged in growing community, simply to begin a church then moving on to start more.
Christians are a people with a Scripture. The Christian Bible is a narrative, a Master Story, begining with God's work of Creation (Genesis 1 & 2). The Story closes with God's work in bringing about a New Creation (Revelation 21 & 22). God created human persons, male and female together, to serve and preserve his Creatoin, his garden called Eden, the meeting place between heaven and earth.
"He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.
"And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them." Psalm 78:70-72
Integrity of Heart
- Integrity in our words – speaking truth
- Integrity in our attitudes
- Integrity in our actions
- Integrity in our motives
- Integrity in our relationships
- Skill in the work of prayer
- Skill in handling the Word of God
- Skill in discerning where God is at work in the world, and in our lives
- Skill in the art of service
- Skill in the practice of teamwork