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"Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you."

Hosea 10:12 (NKJV)

I encourage you to read the entire chapter of Hosea, but I want to focus for words "rains righteousness on you."  We are all praying for Rain for obvious reasons: to control the outbreak of fires, watering livestock, the growth of our crops and more. We are told in this one verse that we must sow righteousness, seek forgiveness, put our faith to work. Yes, our land is dry, but we need to ensure that our faith stays refreshed and nourished by seeking out the Lord daily until He comes and Rains righteousness on us. So, it is my prayer, that we all begin to sow righteousness, seek forgiveness and put our faith to work for when we do the Rains of Righteousness will fall upon you. Lord, send the Rains. Amen.


This week, I again will be attending Ministry ZOOM Meetings, visiting with church leadership on outreach opportunities and speaking to the BSM Leadership during their Retreat hosted at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. On Sunday, I will be attending the Lampasas Baptist Association Leadership Meeting hosted at School Creek Baptist Church.


This past week, I attended three Ministry ZOOM meetings, met the daily ministries needs of our area churches to include pulpit supply scheduling, search committee assistance, background checks and providing various ministry resources/training along with preparing the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center for a retreat. On Sunday, I was honored to worship and preach at Littleville Baptist Church in Hamilton and later that day worshiped and preached at True Vine Fellowship Church in Hico. 


We continue to provide ministry resources in the areas: website & streaming service, VBS, BSM, Churches seeking Pastor and Staff positions, Bible Study resources, financial accounting, providing maintenance at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center as we continue to host ministry retreats throughout the summer. 


Please review the latest Classified Ad in this newsletter as we have churches seeking church staff positions and other various ministry needs.


Please take time to view the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Newsletter to remain connected to ministry needs and Resource/Training Opportunities and to view all upcoming Ministry, Training and Fellowship Opportunities.


If you have a ministry need or request, please do not hesitate to call your Area Office as we are here to serve you 24/7. 


“All the Believers were together and had everything in common.” - Acts 2:44


“We are a Brotherhood of Churches”


Rev Richard Ray, Director of Missions 

Ministry Assistant Report – Talon Keeney

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  Hello everyone, I am glad to announce I am Covid free and feeling much better! Thank you for all your prayers! Continue to pray for the people of Ukraine.

 This past Sunday I watched several Tri-Rivers Churches online services. This coming Sunday I will be visiting a Tri-Rivers Baptist Area church and Monday I will be at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center recording the Tri-Rivers Podcast.

 I am available to assist any of our area churches who need a guest worship leader or musician, and I am available to give sound and video media consultations and assistance.

 We are in need of Musicians, Worship Leaders, and Local Church Missionaries to serve in our area Churches. If you feel led to serve in this area, please contact your Area Office at or 254-865-1299.

 I am here to serve you in all your ministry needs and it is my joy to do so. I look forward to meeting you as my wife Josalyne and I travel the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area visiting and worshiping with you on Sunday's.

Talon Keeney

Ministry Assistant


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Tri-Rivers Retreat Center Water Well Repair

Expense Assistance

The Tri-Rivers Retreat Center Water Well was repaired on May 6th, 2022, which included the replacement of all the downhole pipe, water pump and the control box. There were several holes in the down hole pipes and the water pump was 18 years old and beginning to wane, therefore the repair was necessary. The cost was just over $9,000.00 and as this expense was unexpected and out of the scope of our general maintenance budget, we are asking for any financial assistance in funding this expense. 

We are asking for donations of any amount to restore the Maintenance Fund that serves the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. All funds received over and above the invoice amount will be designated to the Retreat Center Maintenance Fund for future use.

Donations can be sent to the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Designated: Water Well Repair

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

502 E. Main Street

Gatesville, TX 76528

Or you may give Online by clicking the

"Donate HERE Button" Below

The Tri-Rivers Retreat Center which is owned by each church within the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area and funded exclusively by donations received from churches, organizations and individuals allows us to never charge a fee to use this valuable ministry facility. This is truly a unique ministry tool unlike anything I have ever been a part of. This facility is used weekly to encourage and strengthen God’s Church, His Children, and our Ministry Partners in fulfilling the Great Commission while delivering the message of Salvation to those who are lost.

As of the date of this request the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center has hosted 15 ministry retreats with 393 people entering its gates to Encounter Christ without the concern of Expense. To date we have 38 confirmed reservations for 2022, including retreats from Texas WMU, Christian Women Job Corp, Christian Men’s Job Corp, Area Churches/Ministers, Domestic/Abuse Survivors, Preteen/Youth Camps, National Network of Youth Ministers and Families. (View full calendar at

I want to thank all those who have already provided funds and I want to thank you in advance for your assistance in this Unexpected but Necessary Repair Expense to allow your Retreat Center to continue to serve all those who enter its gates. 

Thank you for those who have already donated funds toward this expense. It is greatly appreciated: 

  • Huckabay Baptist Church
  • Jonesboro Baptist Church
  • Betty Rials
  • Richard & Monica Ray
  • Turnersville Baptist Church
  • Duffau Baptist Church
  • Providence Baptist Church
  • White Hall Baptist Church
  • Fairy Baptist Church 
  • Clairette Baptist Church
  • Briggs Baptist Church
  • Community Baptist Church
  • Pleasant Valley Baptist Church
  • Calvary Baptist Church
  • True Vine Fellowship
  • FBC Kempner
  • Edna Hill Baptist Church
  • Pidcoke Baptist Church
  • Greens Creek Baptist Church
  • Trinity Baptist Church
  • Trinity Baptist Church VBS

Cost of Repair:       $10,000.00

Donations Received:  $7,371.20

Remaining Balance:  $2,628.80

In God’s Service,

Rev Richard Ray

Director of Missions

Donate HERE

Lampasas Baptist Association

Sunday, August 7th

3:00 pm

School Creek Baptist Church

Hamilton Baptist Association

Sunday, August 14th

3:00 pm

FBC Hico

Coryell Baptist Association

Sunday, August 21st

3:00 pm

Mountain Baptist Church

Erath Baptist Association

Thursday, Sept 1st

10:30 am - Business Session

11:00 am - Lunch/Discipleship Training 

BSM Building, Tarleton 

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God is doing some amazing things at Highland Lakes Camp. We have seen over 100 students saved and many more make life changing decisions so far this summer. Many of the renovations of the camp have taken place and there is a little excitement taking place. Please pray for God's movement at the camp and His power to change lives as we serve this summer and prepare for the fall.

I am contacting you about the possibility of serving on a short-term mission project this summer. We are at our capacity for most weeks. But we are dealing with some tough challenges with a very limited number of summer staff this year of only 21. They are Godly students and are doing an amazing job. But, since the pandemic, college students and interns have been very hard to find for most camps in Texas. In short, we are experiencing a severe worker shortage. We need volunteers!

Would you please consider coming and bringing some volunteer workers to one week of our camps? These are the dates we are needing help:  August 1-5, August 6-10

We could use help with the following - 

 • Food Service Team - not so much cooking as prepping the food, cleaning the dining hall, serving guests

 • Maintenance Team - mowing, weed eating, keeping up with water stations, pulling trash, helping to resolve maintenance issues

 • Bus Drivers - driving a school bus strictly while on campus so campers can get to the lake and other rec events quickly

Why not think of this as a mission project? Bring your best friends or mission team. We would LOVE to host a group of 6-8 dedicated people. Know that we will provide the hotel rooms and meals for free. 

If you can help, please contact John Bailey at or the Camp Office at 512-264-1777 ext. 1100

God is at work here at Highland Lakes Camp.... why not join Him and see lives changed! Thank you for praying and letting others know about this opportunity in your church.

Norman Flowers

Executive Director

Highland Lakes Camp and Conference Center

5902 Pace Bend Rd N, Spicewood, TX 78669

737.267.1614 Mobile

512.264.1777 Office

Become a

Local Church Missionary

Serving Churches within the

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

Serve Short Term or Long Term

Assisting a Church in reaching their Community for Jesus Christ

To Learn More & To Complete Application


If Your Church is Interested in hosting a

Local Church Missionary

to Serve in your Church & Community

please complete the

Church Missionary Request Form

Local Church Missionary Request Form
Donate/Apply/Learn More HERE
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Each day, God is transforming lives through TBM ministries. Driven by their faith and responding to God's call to serve, TBM volunteers are meeting needs and sharing His love.

That's something to celebrate.

So on TBM Day, Aug. 21, let's do just that. Your church or Bible study can rejoice knowing all of the people they ministered to through TBM ministries.

How can you celebrate?

  • Show a TBM video before or during your Bible study or worship service.
  • Request a TBM speaker. We even have ordained ministers who can deliver the message that day.
  • Wear your TBM gear. Show others your love for TBM by wearing a TBM shirt to church. When someone asks you about it, tell them how God is working through the ministry.

Where can you get these resources? Download them at

Can we help you celebrate that day? Let me know. We're glad to help.

Mickey Lenamon

TBM Executive Director/CEO


Tri-Rivers Podcast

Click HERE/Subscribe to the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area YouTube Channel or Listen on your Favorite Streaming Platform

Tri-Rivers Retreat Center

Supply Need Amazon Wish List

Help support your Tri-Rivers Retreat Center by purchasing supplies through our Amazon Wish List!

Click HERE

Washer and Dryer Need

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The Tri-Rivers Retreat Center is in need of

1 washer and 1 gas (propane) dryers


If you are interested in donating please

contact us at: or 432-202-1526

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Has your Church Scheduled a Revival for 2022?

Please let us know by emailing us the following information to 


Name of Church 

Dates of Revival Services

Evangelist Name 

Worship Leaders Name


We are promoting all Revival Dates in the Newsletter an on the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Website

Better Together

Networking means leveraging efforts - working together.

And "together" means all of us - youth workers, teenage leaders, teachers, parents, other adults - everyone who loves kids.

We want to equip you to step out and work alongside youth leaders and other caring adults locally - empowered by national connections to reach and equip young people for Jesus Christ.


Or you can Email Kevin Miles

South Central Regional Coordinator

Email Kevin Here

Read Latest Newsletter from Kevin

We are excited to share that our latest resource is our online learning system featuring Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry which introduces learners to six essential characteristics emulating Jesus’ ministry:

  • Go deeper in intimacy with Christ
  • Pray with passion for God’s presence and power
  • Build leaders for in-depth and long-term ministry
  • Disciple students to move toward maturity in Christ
  • Penetrate the culture through relationships
  • Create outreach opportunities to reach students for Christ

While we still offer in-person training forums, we believe the addition of individualized online training will put this invaluable resource into the hands of many more people. Because we offer the training in English, Spanish, Russian, and Swahili, it will exponentially increase our reach. 


We are building on our past to influence the future. And we are giving JFYMO away free to youth leaders during our introductory period. You can learn more by visiting

Want to train your Youth Ministry Volunteers?

Mark your calendars and come be a part of

Download Youth Ministries' National Day of Volunteer Youth Ministry Training that we are hosting at the

Tri-Rivers Retreat Center

Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Email me for more info or Register your whole team of volunteers online

Pastors Join Today

This private Facebook group is created for those serving as Pastors only within the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area. This private group is a safe place for Pastors to share prayer concerns, victories and resources with fellow Pastors. On the 10th day of each month, we are asking each pastor to pray for one another.

This Pastors Only Facebook Page was created by

Pastors for Pastors.

We are a Brotherhood of Pastors.

Join Us Today


Church Registration for On-Site Active Shooter Response Class 


Tri-Rivers Baptist Area will offer free Certified On-Site Active Shooter Response Class. Bob Ray III is Texas DPS Certified in Active Shooter Response. He is available through your Tri-Rivers Area Office to educate your church safety/security team and congregation. There is no cost to your church.


Register your church for the Active Shooter Response Class opportunity by calling your Area Office or Register On-line Below

 (254) 865-1299 * 

Register HERE
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Disaster Relief Orientation

This is where TBM Disaster Relief training begins. All TBM Disaster Relief volunteers must complete this training as well as a background check in order to serve. This class provides the fundamentals for serving in the wake of disasters. 

Specialty Trainings: All participants must have first taken the orientation class.

Food Handling Training

A warm meal warms the soul after a disaster. You can provide that critical meal through TBM feeding teams.

Fire and Flood Recovery Training

Fires and floods can ruin everything a person owns in a few short hours. Learn how you can deliver help, hope and healing after these disasters. 

Box Unit Training

When people lose everything in a disaster, they will begin the painful process of trying to salvage their items. Through TBM box ministry, you can walk alongside them in that process. 

Shower/Laundry Training

After a disaster, a hot shower and clean laundry are an immense blessing. You can provide that through TBM shower/laundry teams. 

Rebuild Training

This course empowers you to rebuild homes after disasters.

Learn More/Start Your Will HERE

To view the list of Bible Studies Available at your Area Office, go to our website or click Here

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area is partnering with Restoration Advocates, Inc. as we continue to minister to victims of Domestic Violence. 

Restoration Advocates exists to provide the care and support necessary for women, and their dependent children, who are victims of domestic violence and other dangers that place them at risk of life or physical harm and/or deprive them of their overall safety and sense of well-being. Our mission is for every woman in an unsafe home to have the confidence, as well as the resources, to independently support herself and her children.  


To that end, we have established a safe haven called Restoration Place, where survivors of family violence can live in safety as they restore their lives to health and happiness. Restoration Place provides emergency housing for women and children in crisis and we also offer transitional housing for a period of up to two years if that is needed for the family to be fully independent and self-supporting. Learn More HERE 



Learn More/Report HERE
Complete ACP Online HERE
Print/Complete English ACP Booklet HERE (Return to Area Office)
Print/Complete Spanish ACP Booklet HERE (Return to Area Office)



First Baptist Church Copperas Cove needs a new home for the current pews in their sanctuary. These church pews range in size from 16ft to 18ft with a few being shorter.

All pews are FREE!

If your church is interested please contact the church at: (254) 547-3717 or

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Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Churches


Surrounding Area Churches

Seeking Pastors & Ministry Staff

View Church Profile and Submit Resume


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First Baptist Church of Evant, Texas

is seeking a

Worship Pastor

Youth Pastor

Please Submit Resumes or Questions to 

Pastor Dane Barron

First Baptist Church of Gatesville, TX

is seeking a

Worship Minister

First Baptist Church of Gatesville, Tx. is prayerfully seeking a part-time Worship Minister to lead the music ministry of our church. Our congregation is a diverse family that enjoys both traditional hymns as well as contemporary music during our worship services. We are seeking a godly individual who is called to lead in this capacity, who is energetic and willing to engage in the life of the church. This individual will be responsible for the planning, organizing, conducting, and evaluation of the music ministry in cooperation with the Pastor as well as the oversight, and coordination of musical, artistic, and technical elements of the weekly worship services.  


Interested candidates please email your resume to

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 Live Oak Baptist Church in Gatesville is seeking a part-time

Children's Ministry Director. 

           If you believe that God is calling you to apply for this Ministry Position please contact the Church at or 

Chairperson Faye Nichols at

You can also call the church at (254) 865-5681 for a complete job description. 

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area is also posting this Ministry Position HERE


First Baptist Church Kempner is in need of a piano player. 

For more information contact Don Casper

(512) 932-3195 

Cross Bearer Baptist Church is in need of a piano player. For more information contact Bro. Fisher


Oakalla Baptist Church is looking for a pianist for their Sunday Services.

They are willing to pay a honorarium.

If you are interested please contact Bro. Clay Cole: or (254) 681-7397

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Church youth director with experience needed

(Salary position - $800 a month) to lead children on Wednesday nights. 

Will need to recruit children. Person hired must become a member of our church, attend Sunday morning services, and be willing to teach

Sunday School. 

If interested, call Community Baptist Church, Dublin,

for an application 254-445-4479.

Background check required. 

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Selden Baptist Church has a 1960s Hammond Organ available. 

It has a single locking base and full keyboard. 

Contact Milton at 254-386-7966

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Tri-Rivers Ministry Fund Supporting Churches

The following churches support the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Strategic Plan for 2021

(Strategic Ministries, Free Student Summer Retreats, Domestic Violence Emergency Safehouse/Hotline, Etc.)

Carlton Baptist Church | Clairette Baptist Church

Coryell Community Church | Cottonwood Baptist Church

Cross Bearers Baptist Church | Cross Community Baptist Church

Eagle Springs Baptist Church | Eastwood Baptist Church

Edna Hill Baptist Church | Fairy Baptist Church

FBC Copperas Cove | FBC Evant

FBC Hamilton | FBC Kempner

FBC Lampasas | FBC Lometa

St. John Baptist Church | Littleville Baptist Church

Live Oak Baptist Church | Morgan Mill Baptist Church

Northside Baptist Church | Pleasant Valley Baptist Church

PIB Catedral de Alabanza | Primera Iglesia Bautista

Providence Baptist Church | Purmela Baptist Church

Purves Baptist Church | Robertson Ave. Baptist Church

Selden Baptist Church | Sweet Home Baptist Church

Trinity Baptist Church | True Vine Fellowship

Turnersville Baptist Church | Valley Grove Baptist Church

If your church would like to participate contact your director of missions, Richard Ray:


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Tri-Rivers Retreat Fund Supporting Churches

The following churches support the

Tri-Rivers Retreat Center for 2021

Calvary Baptist Church | Carlton Baptist Church

Clairette Baptist Church | Clear Creek Baptist Church

Cottonwood Baptist Church | Cross Bearers Baptist Church

Eastwood Baptist Church | Fairy Baptist Church

FBC Evant | FBC Gatesville | FBC Hico

FBC Kempner | FBC Lampasas | FBC Stephenville

St. John Baptist Church | Jonesboro Baptist Church

Northside Baptist Church | Pidcoke Baptist Church

Primera Iglesia Bautista | Providence Baptist Church

Purmela Baptist Church | School Creek Baptist Church

Trinity Baptist Church | White Hall Baptist Church

White Mound Baptist Church

If your church would like to participate contact your director of missions, Richard Ray:


Office Hours:

Monday: 9:30am-3:30pm (On-Site Tri-Rivers Retreat Center)

Tuesday:   9:30am-3:30pm

Wednesday:  9:30am-3:30pm

Thursday:     9:30am-3:30pm

Friday: On Call

Sat-Sun: On Call

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

502 E. Main Street, Gatesville, TX | 254.865.1299