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New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera announces he will retire at the end of the season during a press conference ahead of the Yankees MLB baseball game March 9, 2013 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa

Yankees star relief pitcher Mariano Rivera will close out his 20-year career at the end of the current baseball season with plans to begin a new church in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Rivera’s wife, Clara, will be the pastor of the Pentecostal congregation, Refugio de Esperanza, or Refuge of Hope church, which is still under construction and is expected to be completed later this year.  Clara was acquainted with the Gospel at an early age, but her personal encounter with God occurred at 25 and she has served in churches ever since. Her favorite phrase, according to the church’s website, is: “I believe God and my desire is to always please Him.”

According to its website, Refugio de Esperanza is a church committed to the revitalization of its community and its aim is to do so through projects and special programs delivered with a genuine demonstration of God’s love. The church will provide food, clothing and resources to those in need and is currently developing a learning center for New Rochelle’s children and teens that will offer educational help, sports programs and after school activities. “The youth is our power for the next generation,” said Clara Rivera in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “And if no one takes care of them, we’re going to lose them. I want to do my part. That’s my new career.”

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article courtesy of TheChristianPost.com

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