Another pro-life warrior has earned their wings! Below is a message from Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr., Director and Founder of L.E.A.R.N., on the passing of Pastor Bruce Rivers. I’ve always enjoyed reading his Facebook posts and will miss seeing them. Viewing information for Pastor Rivers is listed below. Please keep his family in your prayers.
Above is a picture of my departed friend and co-laborer Pastor Bruce Rivers. Pastor, Husband, Father, Pro-life activist, and Preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am still grieving and pondering his departure. Yes, God has the final say and our heavenly Father has so profoundly let Pastor Rivers and myself know that the future would be changing, and the patterns of engagement and fellowship would not be the same.
Walk For Life San Francisco is a yearly event and unknowingly would be the last time I would fellowship with God’s resounding spokesperson. As those who know him you heard Pastor Rivers before you saw him and that commanding uproarious sound so often brought me great joy to hear. Whether through song or great exhortations in the word you were divinely drawn to Pastor Bruce Rivers and its grossly understated that I will miss him!
There In San Francisco as I have done for nearly 16 years after sharing my heart with Gods chosen vessels, I headed down Market Street to march along with the other marchers. Normally upon reaching the end of the march I and Regina quickly head to the pick-up point for a ride or we decide to walk back to the hotel where we are staying. Regina had to stay in New Jersey due to health issues (where I would join her upon my return home with the same issues). I was walking with a young pro-life activist whose first name is Thai and my newly found protégé would be my transportation back to where I was staying. This time it was different. For The Very First Time I stopped And Stayed At The Finish Line Of The March. Why? I didn’t know at the time. I felt compelled to do so. Soon I would find that God would be sharing a special message he wanted me to share with Pastor Rivers @ the Finish Line, but as it turns out it was more for me and the rest of our fellowship.
As I stood conversing and fellowshipping with the crowd the Holy Spirit repeatedly kept reminding me that I was standing at the finish line. In-between greetings and conversations I suddenly felt Gods presence and at the same time heard the voice of my committed comrade yelling my name. As I turned initially, I heard Pastor Rivers say, “that he was looking for me and that he would not travel this far to come here to San Francisco and not see me”. As Pastor Bruce said those words God then spoke to me and said, “Tell Pastor Rivers that we may not see each other when we would like to but we will see each other at The Finish Line!”
I finally got around to sharing that word. Thank God! As always Pastor Rivers had the means to tape what I just shared with you. You will also hear him say just before I finally say to him what God said to share, “I got to go home”. The portion I am referring to is at 29:10 in this link .
No, I had absolutely, positively no inkling that it would be the last time I would hear Pastor Rivers distinct voice and receive a “sugar bear” embrace!
Upon receiving the first text of his condition last Friday there was the request to pray. I had just come from my prayer time and immediately called on the name of the Lord. While walking and praying with my wife the second call let me know my friend had transitioned and I was overtaken with great grief and felt ignored and distant from our Heavenly Father. I sat in the chair some time then God reminded me of the last time we were together and what the Father said to tell him and those with us. God knew then I would need His word of consolation! Truly on this day I can with all assurance say this, “That the next time I see Pastor Bruce Rivers will be @ The Finish Line and I will be there!” Make it your destiny to greet us there! Jesus makes that possible!
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:30 am (PST) to Noon (PST), Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 21372 South Reynolds Ave., Dos Palos, CA
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:30 pm (PST)
Please send all flower arrangements to:
Mount Moriah Baptist Church
Family and friends are encouraged to wear blue; this was his favorite color.