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<p>(L-R): Melvin, Pastors Desmond and Edna, (front), Desmond Rivers II, grandson.</p>

(L-R): Melvin, Pastors Desmond and Edna, (front), Desmond Rivers II, grandson.

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Pastors' directive: Move forward, don't look back

Scripture teaches us to follow God's word with faith

The His Extended Hands Ministries was conceived in the heart of Pastor Desmond and co-pastor Edna Rivers in the early part of 1995.  After struggling with that idea for about a year, Desmond informed their former pastor, Rev. Carl Johnson, the spiritual leader of The Community 93rd Street Baptist Church, of what God had placed in his heart. Johnson encouraged him ‘to follow the Lord.’