Gospel Through Recovery event set for May 22


An event where men and women who have been set free by the Gospel of Christ through recovery will share their experience on May 22.

 The River’s second annual Gospel Through Recovery event is set for Saturday, May 22 at Dewitt DeWeese Park. See the schedule here.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. and is a follow-up to the first gathering last October when there were 15 men and women in recovery testified of how Jesus Christ had transformed their lives.

This year’s event will include music and singing by The River Praise & Worship Team, testimonials, free handouts, hamburgers and hot dogs, popcorn, face painting for the children, and a host of other features.

The main focus of the event will be to honor Christ by the testimonies and first-hand accounts of men and women in our community who have been set free by the Gospel through Recovery.

The Gospel through Recovery event is free to the public.

“Everyone is invited to come and join us for a day of worship, testimonies, and good clean fun,” said Barry Walker, director of The River. "Bring a lawn chair and help us celebrate!”

The River opened in October of 2017 and has grown considerably in its outreach efforts.

Today, the ministry offers nine “open” recovery meetings and classes, a grief recovery class, a class that serves the youth drug court of Neshoba County, pastoral counseling, discipleship/mentoring programs, and additional meetings that addresses the problems and issues that people in recovery face today.

The River is a community recovery organization and to date has referred 231 people to residential treatment facilities, secured job placements for 121 men and women (many felons included) and led 67 souls in the “sinner’s prayer” and into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Recently, The River and Barry Walker have worked together with Sheriff Eric Clark and the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Department in starting an initiative that helps men who are struggling with their addiction to find help.

The River has secured treatment for many of these men who are incarcerated because of the influence of methamphetamine, opiates, and other drugs.

“These men, who once thought they had no way out of their addictions and compulsions, have been given another opportunity to become productive citizens in our community,” Walker said.

If you have any questions concerning The Gospel through Recovery event, call Walker at (601) 917-1212 or email him at barrywalker1957@hotmail.com.

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