Rivers of Life
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The name "Rivers of Life" should be distinguished from "River of Life" of which there are several other churches and organisations around the world using this title in their church or organisations' name - most notably "River of Life International" which was founded in the U.K. in 1995 and now has churches, schools and orphanages in Africa and India including a Bible College in Kenya.
As regards "Rivers of Life" there are currently Churches in the following countries: United Kingdom, Spain, France, Netherlands, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Cuba, Panama and the United States.
As well as the churches previously mentioned, Rivers of Life has 4 Bible Colleges, 2 Children's Homes, a School with approximately 600 students and an FM radio station (FM Victoria) amongst other ministries set up to serve the churches purposes and in turn to benefit the local community.
For Rivers of Life's 40th anniversary, the mayor of Quilmes, Sergio Villordo visited the church in Quilmes; the first Rivers of Life church. The mayor expressed his solidarity with Rivers of Life and praised the church for staying faithful to the city even though the church had now spread around the world.
The following text is a list of all the Rivers of Life churches in the world. Unless otherwise stated, they are all known by the name "Rivers of Life" in the native language.
Buenos Aires: Berazetegui, Capital Federal, El Pato, Hudson, Quilmes, Ranelagh, La Boca, Rojas, San Nicolás, San Pedro, Wilde;
Chubut: Trelew, Trevelin;
Corrientes: Curuzú Cuatiá;
Entre Rios: Concordia, San Jaime, Chajarí;
Santa Fe, Santa Fe,
Tucumán: San Miguel de Tucumán
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
La Familia de Jesus, Houston,
Churches in the UK
- Bangor Community Church, Gwynedd, Wales
- Rivers of Life, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Rivers of Life was founded in 1967 in Quilmes, a suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina by Jorge Pradas and Oscar Mirón both Spanish nationals along with others. Oscar Mirón had moved to Argentina to flee the persecution of evangelical Christians in Spain under Francisco Franco. He fled the country after he had been a target in an attempted assassination. When the church began, he opened up his workshop for church meetings to be held there. Jorge Pradas was the main leader of the church at the time.
The church in Quilmes now has approximately 1,000 members. By the 1970s, churches had been established in Europe.
It believes in Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; in the full divinity, atoning death and bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It believes that the Bible is God’s authoritative Word fully inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Rivers of Life accepts and adheres to the universally accepted creeds of the Christian faith: the Apostles' Creed, the Athanasian Creed and the Nicene Creed. (Where the word catholic is used in these creeds it means its dictionary definition of `universal` (i.e. Universal church).
Rivers of Life believe that as well as secular preparation for life, e.g., a university degree, Christians need to be prepared in other ways such as service, living in community and studying the Bible. For this reason Bible Houses were formed. Bible House is a bible college with the vision of preparing young people in areas mentioned above not just academically. The name "Bible House" highlights the fact that nearly all the students live in the same hall of residence. The standard course lasts for two years.
The following table give basic current information about Rivers of Life Bible Houses:
|Location||Country||Founded||Current Head||Number of Students|
|Quilmes (Buenos Aires)||1970†||Alberto Hevia||50|
|Santa Fe||1970†||Jorge Leiva||30*|
|Reus||2000†||Maximiliano Delle Chiaie||15*|
|Mar del Plata||2007||Diego Di Sabatto||10|
In Oxford, UK there are two community houses but no Bible House.
All the Bible Houses are situated closed to a Rivers of Life Church and the students attend all the church services. The Bible House students also serve the church in every way possible.
- "Rivers of Life". Retrieved 12 January 2008.
- "Villordo participó del Aniversario de la Iglesia Ríos de Vida" (in Spanish). 17 October 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2008.
- "Rivers of Life Church Beliefs". Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2008.
- Rivers of Life, Oxford
- Bangor Community Church, Wales
- (in Spanish), (in Catalan) Rivers of Life, Reus, Spain
- (in Spanish) Rivers of Life, Argentina
- (in Spanish) Bible House, Quilmes
- (in Spanish) FM Victoria (Rivers of Life radio station, Quilmes
- (in Spanish) Rivers of Life, Amsterdam
- (in Spanish) Rivers of Life, The Netherlands
- (in Spanish) Rivers of Life, central Buenos Aires[dead link]
- (in Spanish) Familia de Jesús, – Church in El Salvador associated with Rivers of Life churches[permanent dead link]