The Rio is a community of people who are passionate about knowing and experiencing God. We are creating a place where everyone, regardless of their background, can come to hear what the Bible says and learn about Jesus.
Jesus was known among the religious crowd as a friend of sinners. His message was an invitation for people of all types to come to him and follow him as they were. He didn't ask the people of his day to clean up their act before coming to him, and neither will we. Come as you are.
Of course, we hope that all of us will grow and change as we learn to trust Jesus with our lives. We come to him broken and sinful, but he promises to forgive us, make us new, and help us become different people. That is our hope and experience! Read some of our stories below.
"My wife had been growing increasingly distant.
One day she looked at me and said,
'I still love you, but I m not in love with you.'"
"...after a few days it was clear she wanted to end it.
I collected the pieces of my shattered heart
and was on the next bus home."
"To make a long story short,
three-and-a-half years later, we were married.
Well, it didn't take long for our marriage to become a mess."
In the end, this led to even more broken relationships and emotional scars.
By my high school graduation, I was a battered mess.
"'We haven't been able to revive her; you need to pray,'
was the first medical report I heard after about ten minutes of anxious waiting."
"My sexual orientation
has been constantly questioned through high school and college.
Even now in my work place people have asked about my sexuality."
"God needed me at Newsbox, Etc. at 1717 Dryden Street
to pray and talk to those two ladies...God's timing is perfect."
"It all happened so quickly.
In a matter of seconds the men had dashed up from behind,
put me in a choke hold, and shoved me to the ground."
We’d love to have you start your journey with us. We are a non-denominational Christian church, and we meet Sunday mornings at 10:00 in west El Paso, Texas. Our building is near the intersection of Redd and Doniphan. Here’s what you can expect when you visit.