Lodes Family

River Valley supports the Lodes Family as they work with LEI (Literacy & Evangelism International) in Central America and India.  

You can check out their ministry through their ministry blog:


Or check out Literacy & Evangelism International.

Fort Smith Young Life

Aaron and Mindy Kareus worked with Young Life for many years, bringing this ministry back to Fort Smith around 2012. Aaron was a committed leader, being on teacher staff for many years. He passed away in 2022, leaving a legacy of faith that can't be measured. His ministry positively impacted many high schoolers and last a lasting impression. Mindy continues to work with Young life locally and regionally as an administrator. 

We honor his ministry and life through support of this wonderful gospel centered ministry. 


LAMP is LEI's strategic partner in Guatemala. They work primarily in the central highlands regions among the Mam people. LAMP's mission is to transform lives through literacy by all the facets of scripture engagement in the local language. 

This includes Bible translation, literacy, radio programs, post-literacy Bible studies, etc.