Summer Service: Dallas First UMC Hosts River of Life Mission Week


Each summer Dallas First UMC hosts a five-day "River of Life" mission event. During River of Life, youth and adults serve as the hands and feet of Christ in the Paulding County community by providing home repairs and fellowship to those in need.

This year's participants came from Dallas First UMC, Wesley Way UMC, McEachern UMC, and Hopewell UMC. Bishop Robin Dease and Central West Superintendent Rev. Dr. Jessica Terrell joined for a day and helped construct a wheelchair ramp for a local family.

A typical River of Life day begins at 7:00 am with breakfast and devotional time followed by a full day of service, along with prayer and fellowship — which are just as important, if not more so, than the shingles placed, or nails hammered.

In the evenings, participants play dodgeball, trivia, and go on scavenger hunts. This is all followed by dinner and an awesome time of worship and prayer.

To learn more about this mission, soon to be in its 25th year, or to participate, visit