300 Families Helped at Urban Hope Philadelphia

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Getting meals ready to distribute

Packing up Thanksgiving meals for Urban Hope families

Special thanks to everyone who contributed to the Urban Hope Thanksgiving outreach. Thanks to generous donations 300 meals were distributed to families in the Kensington area of Urban Hope.

Auburn Grace Community Church Helps Urban Hope Los Angeles

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Auburn Grace Community Church Helps Urban Hope Los Angeles
Auburn Grace Community Church Helps Urban Hope Los Angeles

Tim Lansing (right), director of Urban Hope LA with part of the group of men who built the bunk beds

See more pictures on the CE National Facebook page.

Urban Hope Los Angeles is grateful to have a partnership with Auburn Grace Community Church in Auburn, California. Earlier this year the church sent their middle school students down from Northern California to join UHLA for a week of evangelism training and ministry opportunities. Last weekend (Nov. 16-18) the church was back with a work team to build and install 26 additional beds (13 bunk beds) in the dorm rooms.

Auburn Grace was gracious enough to donate all the materials and labor to make this happen!  What a Blessing!

One of the men’s small groups took on the challenge, with the support of the church’s missions board to complete the bunk beds. Men did some pre-assembly work at the church on Saturday. Then three of them drove the U-Haul and church van down to Urban Hope LA to finish building and installing the bunk beds.

The group arrived on Sunday afternoon with a U-Haul full of materials and by Monday afternoon all the beds were completely built!

Special thanks to Tom Coburn for coordinating everything and getting the men from his church involved in the process. UHLA now has the capacity to house 48 people at a time.

The men also brought with them over 60 handmade quilts from people in their church for UHLA to give to homeless people or those in need of warm blankets.

Thank you, Auburn Grace Community Church for your investment in training believers to live ON MISSION for Jesus through Urban Hope Training Center Los Angeles.

To find out more, visit urbanhope.net/la.

 

Urban Hope Philly Visits Urban Hope LA

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Urban Hope Training Center Los Angeles

Urban Hope Training Center Los Angeles

Four people from Urban Hope Philadelphia visited Urban Hope Los Angeles last weekend (Nov 15-18). Rick Alvarez, Pastor Chuck Miller and his wife Kristen, and Shawn joined the Urban Hope Los Angeles staff for ministry in Hollenbeck Park, an area East of LA, and homeless ministry under the First Street bridge.

Rick Alvarez just completed a 90-day internship with Urban Hope Philly. Pastor Chuck Miller is director of “Shall Never Thirst Ministries” located at Urban Hope Philly, and Shawn is involved in Shall Never Thirst ministries.

Visit urbanhope.net/la to find out how you can experience ministry at Urban Hope Los Angeles.

Serving Together On Operation Barnabas is Fun!

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Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience
On Operation Barnabas, team members have multiple opportunities to make a difference through serving churches and communities while showing the love of Jesus. “Being able to serve together with other students is fun”, said one team member at the end of her time on OB. “I loved being able to share this experience with my team and it brings such joy to be able to help others!”

Operation Barnabas is for students who want to:

  • Experience God in a fresh way & grow in their walk with Christ
  • Learn how to talk with people about Jesus
  • Meet physical and spiritual needs through ministry in cities, churches, and communities
  • Develop Godly character
  • Build relationships through discipleship
  • Serve the poor and overlooked
  • Take valuable, practical training back home!

Our Mideast Tour will start and travel in multiple states in the eastern U.S., June 13–July 6. The California Tour starts in Los Angeles and focuses on the state of California, June 20–July 13. (If students wish to attend Momentum Youth Conference, which begins July 14, they will be able to travel directly there and can meet up with their youth groups.)

The online OB application and reference forms are here
More information about OB in general and specific information about 2020, is here.

Want to make a difference for the cause of Christ this summer? Consider applying for Operation Barnabas 2020 and enjoy serving others!

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Do it now! Apply For Operation Barnabas

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Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

The Operation Barnabas early application deadline is next Wednesday, November 20, so now is when high school students should fill out the online application for Operation Barnabas 2020!  Early applicants have the first chance of indicating team preference and will be updated on their application status before the Christmas holiday.

The online OB application and reference forms are here apply.operationbarnabas.net/

Operation Barnabas is for students who want to:

Experience God in a fresh way & grow in their walk with Christ.
Learn how to talk with people about Jesus.
Meet physical and spiritual needs through ministry in cities, churches, and communities.
Develop Godly character.
Build relationships through discipleship.
Serve the poor and overlooked.
Take valuable, practical training back home!.

Our Mideast Tour will start and travel in multiple states in the eastern U.S., June 13–July 6. The California Tour starts in Los Angeles and focuses on the state of California, June 20–July 13. (If students wish to attend Momentum Youth Conference, which begins July 14, they will be able to travel directly there and can meet up with their youth groups.)

More information about OB in general and specific information about 2020, is at operationbarnabas.net/faq

So, what are you waiting for?  Tell someone you know that should consider Operation Barnabas 2020 to apply now!

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Member of 2017 Operation Barnabas Hoosier Team, Andrew Carpenter, Remembered

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Member of 2017 Operation Barnabas Hoosier Team, Andrew Carpenter, Remembered

Member of 2017 Operation Barnabas Hoosier Team, Andrew Carpenter, Remembered

Andrew Carpenter, part of Legacy Church in Kendallville, Indiana, and a member of the 2017 Operation Barnabas Hoosier team, went to be with Jesus on October 29 after sustaining injuries in a car crash 10 days earlier.

Andrew was currently a student at Ivy Tech College in Fort Wayne and a member of their baseball team; his testimony for the Lord and impact on fellow students, coaches, and others he rubbed shoulders with are being widely reported through local news organizations and social media. Words like “encourager”,
“exceptional”, and “caring” are being used to describe how Andrew interacted with those around him.

Andrew’s parents, Matt and Amy Carpenter, and sister Leslie (2019 OB alum) maintained a Caring Bridge site and shared this final post.

Our family has felt the presence of GOD through Andrew’s journey from the day he was born. GOD has used Andrew’s life to bring people to HIM. We have heard soooo many stories of how Andrew touched soooo many people. Amy and I are honored that GOD chose us to be Andrew and Leslie’s parents. We would just like to let everyone know how much we appreciate the hours of prayer that has, and will, help us through this time. We also have really enjoyed getting to know a lot of Andrew’s friends. His family and friends will carry on his legacy!

Andrew went home to be with Jesus at 4:17 this afternoon. Andrew put up a strong fight. Drs. thought he would not last past 11:00 last night. He went to be with Jesus very peacefully. We couldn’t be more proud of him for the life he lived. We will always love you Andrew!!

Timothy Kurtaneck, director of Operation Barnabas and Andrew’s OB leader, said, “We at CE National are so proud of Andrew and how he continued to be a Barnabas to those around him by his positive testimony of encouragement. We will miss him and are praying for his family during this difficult time.”

Visitation for Andrew will be held Friday, November 8th from 2:00–8:00 PM at First Christian Church, 110 West Waits Road, Kendallville, IN. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 1:00 PM at First Christian Church with Pastor Dan Cosentino and Pastor Logan Conley officiating.

Andrew with the OB choir

Andrew with the OB choir

 

Andrew helping run the bounce house

Andrew helping run the bounce house

Now Is The Perfect Time For High School Students To Apply For Operation Barnabas 2020!

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Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry ExperienceOperation Barnabas is for students who want to:

  • Experience God in a fresh way & grow in their walk with Christ
  • Learn how to talk with people about Jesus
  • Meet physical and spiritual needs through ministry in cities, churches, and communities
  • Develop Godly character
  • Build relationships through discipleship
  • Serve the poor and overlooked
  • Take valuable, practical training back home!

Our Mideast Tour starts and travels in multiple states in the eastern U.S., June 13–July 6. The California Tour starts in Los Angeles and focuses on the state of California, June 20–July 13(if students wish to attend Momentum Youth Conference, which begins July 14, they will be able to travel directly there and can meet up with their youth groups.)

You can find information about OB in general and specific information about 2020, at operationbarnabas.net/faq

You can also access the online OB application and reference forms here apply.operationbarnabas.net

Yes, now is the perfect time to think about next summer and applying for OB  2020! The early application deadline of November 20, 2019, offers the best chance for students to apply for their tour preference.

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Operation Barnabas Students Reunite For Ministry at Urban Hope Philadelphia

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Operation Barnabas 2019 students and leaders met at Urban Hope Philadelphia October 25-26 for a ministry reunion. Alyssa Tassia, one of the leaders, shares about the event.

Last Friday (Oct 25) our Operation Barnabas summer ministry teams were able to join together again for a reunion at Urban Hope Training Center Philadelphia. Our students from Indiana and Ohio traveled throughout the day to meet everyone in Philadelphia Friday evening.

After an introduction of Urban Hope staff and of the training center, students were sent out immediately to canvas the neighborhood advertising for the Fall Festival happening over the weekend with Urban Hope Community Church. We came back together as a team to eat some pizza before we were off on our next opportunity. Our team, plus some others from another church, took the HopeMobile truck down to Somerset and Allegheny where we were able to hand out some bagged meals, snacks, and clothing items to many people living without homes and others in need in the area. Students encouraged and spent time with people who struggle with severe poverty and addictions, and they were able to share the gospel through prayer and love. HopeMobile played worship music where we were able to sing alongside individuals in the community. A member of the Urban Hope church was able to share his own testimony, coming from a background of addiction and prison himself. The Light of the Lord was clearly shown from our students in a seemingly dark place.

The following day our team had breakfast together before we started preparing for the Fall Festival block party happening in front of Urban Hope Community Church that same afternoon.

Students signed up for different jobs throughout the block party. Many ran different carnival games for the kids, while others made popcorn and cotton candy for everyone who attended the block party. Students assisted by running foods, drinks, and candy back and forth, while everyone else was able to interact  and spend time with people in the neighborhood who attended the block party. Throughout the afternoon, there were different contests and competitions for people to win prizes, as well as worship and testimonies. The church handed out bags of groceries to over 50 families who attended this event. Both teams shared two programs, with dances and songs, to families on the block during the event. One student shared the cross illustration with a child who accepted Jesus for the first time. The Fall Festival continued into Sunday afternoon and was an incredible opportunity to share the love of Christ through community outreach.

During our time together this weekend, our team shared some of the ways God has been using them in their homes and communities since being back from Operation Barnabas. Whether this was through individual opportunities to share their faith with a loved one, through an opportunity to lead a Bible study, or through other doors God had opened for them, it was obvious our students are following the Lord’s lead and applying what they learned over their previous summer.

Saturday night, part of the team spent time together in Philadelphia visiting the Liberty Bell, the Rocky Steps in front of the Art Museum, and other sites around the city. The rest of the team stayed back at Urban Hope and spent time together during our last reunion evening.
The following morning, our team parted ways for the final time.

Thank you for your constant prayer over our teams last summer and last weekend. All the Glory goes to God for the way He moved in the hearts of our team members and in the individuals we were able to serve along the way.

If you would like to find out more about Operation Barnabas, visit operationbarnabas.net.

Operation Barnabas Olszewski Memorial Award Announced

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Operation Barnabas Olszewski Memorial Award Announced
Operation Barnabas Olszewski Memorial Award Announced

From left: Timothy Kurtaneck, Director of Operation Barnabas, Abigail Benedict, 2019 Olsewski Award recipient, and Cody Ray, Administrative Leader of the 2019 OB East Team

Each year Operation Barnabas leaders and staff select an OB team member from that summer’s tours to receive the Olszewski Memorial Award. This honor goes to the student who has best modeled servanthood through attitude and actions during our summer tour. The award is named after Mr. and Mrs. Walter Olszewski, much beloved and respected volunteers at CE National. For over a decade they served faithfully in the CE National production area. The O’s modeled the biblical concept of servanthood. Children and young people also held a special place in their hearts. We never want our OB students to forget the impact of Mr. and Mrs. O and people like them who give of their time in order to sacrificially minister to others.

At the OB ministry reunion, which took place at Urban Hope East in Philadelphia last weekend, the Olszewski award was presented to Abigail Benedict, who was a part of the 2019 OB East Team.

When asked why Abby was chosen as this year’s Olszewski recipient, here is what Cody Ray, the East team administrative leader had to say, Abby is someone who will answer, ‘Yes, I’ll help you,’ before knowing what she’s helping with. Her life and model is the definition of a servant leader. One of the times we saw it modeled most while on OB last summer was when we were at our home church, Connection Christian Church, during our Vacation Bible School event. She was the main point leader for setting up that event and making it happen. She did a lot of work before leaving for OB to make sure VBS would run smoothly when she got back to lead it while on OB. For the whole week, she answered every question, pointed everyone in the right direction, and poured her life into every child, leader, and OB student that was there. Even while feeling a little under the weather for a portion of our time on OB this summer, as well as getting news of a close family member passing away while she was away, she never once had a complaint come out of her mouth and kept serving like Jesus. That is who she is, all day, every day!

We congratulate Abby for her servant leadership and pray for God’s blessing in her life as she pursues her education at Lancaster Bible College. Applications for Operation Barnabas 2020 are available now at OperationBarnabas.net.

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Operation Barnabas: A Student Ministry That Impacts The Sending Family Too, Part 2!

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Operation Barnabas: A Student Ministry That Impacts The Sending Family Too, Part 2!

Operation Barnabas: A Student Ministry That Impacts The Sending Family Too, Part 2!

Several weeks ago, we featured some reports from parents of students that went on OB 2019 and how it has impacted the student and their families since the summer. Here are a few more of the comments that parents are sharing about the Operation Barnabas program and what is has meant to them:

It can be scary as a parent to send your child far from home for several weeks with people you don’t really know and it’s a big investment of both time and finances. But, as the parent of two girls who have been on OB, the money invested was so well worth all they learned and were able to do that they just can’t get anywhere else in such a concentrated way. My one child did a complete 180 in attitude to us as parents and her behavior at home. Her leaders continue to stay in touch with her, and I sense she has made many long-lasting friendships with her teammates.

This was a wonderful experience for our son. He has become more outgoing and willing to take initiative to engage in conversation with others. He is quicker to help with work at home We are thankful for good maturing and ongoing depth in his relationship with the Lord.

Thank you for all you do. Our daughter loved it all. It was a very positive experience for her and opened her eyes to inner-city life. It is great for these students to be a part of a team, working together and being challenged. It was also good for her to push herself and be out of her comfort zone. She is much more prone to share words of encouragement and has gained much confidence. We are so grateful she had this opportunity.

Now is the best time for students to start the application process for OB 2020! Students who apply by the early deadline of November 20, 2019, have the best chance of getting their team preference. Check out OperationBarnabas.net for more information on the two teams, tour dates, and the online application.

The Legacy of Third Brethren Church in Philadelphia Continues

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Ed Lewis (left) with Bill Muir
Ed Lewis (left) with Bill Muir

Ed Lewis (left) with Bill Muir

Ed Lewis, president of CE National and director of Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia, welcomed Bill Muir and Glenn Tyson to Urban Hope Community Church. Both men grew up in the neighborhood around Urban Hope and attended Third Brethren Church. Bill began attending Third Brethren when he was five years old.

Back in 1998, Ed received a call from Evelyn Tyson, a member of Third Brethren Church. The church in downtown Philadelphia was closing and Evelyn asked Ed if CE National could use the buildings.

At the time, CE National was looking at Chicago for an urban ministry training center. But with the offer of Third Brethren’s buildings in Philadelphia, God directed CE National to the east and Urban Hope Training Center was born.

Third Brethren Church had a great heritage of producing leaders. Third Brethren is where Bill heard the gospel. The church sent out pastors and missionaries around the world. Glenn also grew up at Third Brethren where his dad, Joe, was a church leader. Both men attended Urban Hope Community Church on Sunday. They loved the service because the gospel was clearly taught and lives are being changed. It is obvious by the people who are involved and leading.

As the neighborhood around Third Brethren changed and members moved to the suburbs, they realized that, for the church to succeed, people needed to live in the neighborhood. With the church closing, the group still had the desire for the facilities to continue to be used for Jesus, which prompted the donation to CE National.

As a result, the Lord has allowed CE National to develop a training center where over 1200 people are trained to share their faith annually. Each visitor learns how to connect with other cultures and does ministry all over the city. Leaders from the community are also trained. Orlando Gonzalez serves as coordinator of the church along with Rob Rojas and others.

Praise God for the way Urban Hope Training Center can build on the rich heritage of Third Brethren Church and their vision for seeing people come to Jesus and grow into the believers God wants them to be.

God Changes Lives Through HopeMobile

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Urban Hope's HopeMobile
Urban Hope's HopeMobile

Rick and Krystal get HopeMobile ready

Urban Hope Philadelphia has been blessed to have HopeMobile. The HopeMobile truck is an incredible tool for doing ministries for children AND homeless outreach! Visitors are coming to Urban Hope Community Church through these ministries and we are constantly seeing God change lives!

The box truck was purchased and equipped for mobile church. The truck is used for kids programs, homeless ministries, and more.

We give a special thanks to Jeff Troutman and his crew at Clair’s Auto Body Shop in Everett, Pennsylvania, and thanks to Lee Seese who coordinated the project for CE National. The truck has a flat-screen television for showing VeggieTales videos or words to worship songs. It has a strong sound system and the stage is adjustable. HopeMobile is totally portable without needing electric hook-ups for up to eight hours.

What I Learned In 1991 From Operation Barnabas!

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What I Learned In 1991 From Operation Barnabas!
What I Learned In 1991 From Operation Barnabas!

The Operation Barnabas1991 Team

Since 1974, the Operation Barnabas ministry has sent out summer teams of high school students to serve and encourage individuals and churches. OB’s rich history has seen a number of the alums go into full time vocational ministry. However, many of the skills learned on Operation Barnabas can be used in any occupation for the glory of God! We recently asked our alumni to respond to these two questions: What is your current occupation and what did you learn on OB that has been vital to get you where you are now?

Here is what a few of the alumni from Operation Barnabas 1991 had to say:

Lori Luna Bush: Manager of a government office

How to share Christ with others. Even though it has been years. the things I learned have never gone away. Even all the verses we memorized.

Andy Jentes: Customer Technical Support for Accelerated Christian Education

I learned that God is bigger than ANY plan I can ever have and my joy comes in finding the place He has for me in His plan.

Dan Eshleman: Construction Project Manager

During a clown routine (I was horrible at this) I realized it wasn’t about me or what I wanted or even what I was comfortable doing. I jumped on a chair, scared myself half to death, almost broke my leg but these little kids laughed hysterically at the clown. I realized God can use me no matter what if I just do what He asks, even if it is scary to me.

Brian Charles Johnson: Financial Analyst/Accountant

Being thankful for everything and sincerely appreciating the generosity of others. (My luggage was lost during tour, which was a bit daunting, but God provided what was needed.)

Heather Hanft Pfeifer: Historical Interpreter at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

God has a plan for our lives and He will direct our paths. Even if we want that path to show itself sooner rather than later, we cannot rush God’s timing.

Jason Fallin: Completing a Ph.D in Theology and Culture

It was a definitive link in the chain of my formation. Among the vital dispositions OB instilled in me was a love for and a recognition of my need for Christian community.

Anna Rybarik Baden: Teaching in a Christian School

I still use some of the games we learned with my classes as well as some of the songs. I have taught one of my classes a speech choir that I orchestrated. But the most valuable skill has been discipleship.

Travis A. Simmons: 1st Lt/Paramedic Roanoke Fire EMS (20 years)

OB mostly taught me prayer and patience and God will get you where you’re going.

I’ve never been further from home than when I was on OB. I was scared and homesick as anyone has ever been. I went anyway and was blessed beyond compare.

I didn’t get hired when I wanted to, I couldn’t find my wife when I wanted to, I couldn’t buy the house I wanted, etc. etc. Fortunately, I waited and listened for His plan and now I have a job I love, a beautiful home, an amazing wife, and 4 beautiful children!!!!

The training and equipping students receive as a part of Operation Barnabas can have a lasting impact in their lives. Applications for next summer can be found at apply.operationbarnabas.net. Who do you know that you can encourage to apply for Operation Barnabas 2020?

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Operation Barnabas: A Student Ministry That Impacts The Sending Family Too!

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Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry ExperienceEach fall, after students have returned from spending time during the summer on Operation Barnabas teams, OB parents are sent a survey. We ask them to make any suggestions or comments that would be helpful for us to know as we continue the ministry. We also ask parents to share any positive changes they’ve seen in their child now that the student is back home.

Here are a few comments from this year’s families about their OB experience and what has been happening since their student went on OB 2019!

What an amazing program you provide!  Our son is very involved in youth activities at church. He has been sharing and teaching younger kids and is looking for ways to share his faith. It has also helped his sense of discipline and time management.

Our daughter is more willing to serve both here at home and at church. She is also more comfortable speaking in front of people, which is a great skill that will serve her well in the future! I think this experience has been so beneficial to her; one that will have long-lasting benefits!

We are so thankful for everyone that continues to make OB happen year-after-year. It has had a huge impact on our son and I know his life isn’t the same because of it. He is so fired up for ministry and is always seeking more opportunities to serve and share Jesus. I also see more of a focus on his personal relationship with God. Thanks! Don’t grow weary in doing good.

The first phone call home from tour, we could tell our daughter had already gone through some definite changes. She has been a Christian for a long time, but the Lord really got a hold of her heart on OB. She has really opened up to the Lord, letting Him lead her and not be afraid of sharing.  She shows more appreciation and kindness now and has been very helpful. Her leaders were so loving and good for her too. I can’t say enough about her experience; we as parents loved everything that you did and wouldn’t change a thing. Wow, what an amazing gift that you all gave to our kids. They will never forget it.

OB 2020 teams will serve in the Mideast states June 13–July 6 and in California June 20–July 13. Students who apply by the early deadline of November 20, 2019 have the best chance of getting their team preference. Check out OperationBarnabas.net for more information and the online application!

Deborah Leighty: SUM Student at Urban Hope Philadelphia

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Deborah Leighty
Deborah Leighty

Deborah Leighty

Deborah Leighty is one of two Studies in Urban Ministries (SUM) students living at Urban Hope Philadelphia. Here’s her story:

I grew up in Bourbon, a small town in northern Indiana. I went to a church where my father was the pastor, New Wine Church. It is a non-denominational house church. I now attend Grace College, I am studying urban ministry, and now living in Philadelphia working with Urban Hope Church.

While studying there I have been able to connect with a number of the members of the church. Despite our vastly different backgrounds, I can relate with them and share God’s love. Through my experiences here God has shown me the great need that there is in the city. The time here has given me the opportunity to look into the lives of people and see their hurt and need for God. It has also provided me with opportunities to share the gospel with them. I enjoy this time spent in ministry because it provides wonderful training for my future in ministry.

The Studies in Urban Ministry program is a four month, real-world experience for college students. Visit sumstudies.org to find out more…

It’s Just So Awesome To See!

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Hayden Troyer talks about Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience
Hayden Troyer talks about Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

Hayden Troyer

The ministry of Operation Barnabas not only benefits the students who participate, but also the churches and youth ministries that send them on this three-week ministry training experience. We received the following comments last week from a church that has had multiple students through the years participate on Operation Barnabas teams.

I absolutely love Operation Barnabas, and that our students are continually interested in going. I was so stinking proud of our two students when they came back from OB 2019. At our church, we have a local ministry where we go to a park and just hang out and play games with people in the neighborhood. Part of what we do is we walk around the neighborhood and knock on doors and invite people. Before one of our girls went on OB, she absolutely hated doing that. I mean, she would fight tooth and nail to avoid going. Now, that’s her favorite part of the ministry! And our other OB participant this summer-my goodness, she just exploded and is on fire for the Lord, and it’s just so awesome to see!  Like I said, I’m just so proud of them both.
Hayden Troyer, Youth Pastor, Brighton Chapel in Howe, Indiana

Operation Barnabas is a great way for students to get three weeks of hands on equipping and then come home and put it into practice in their local church and youth group. We are thankful for churches who see the value in this type of youth ministry training experience and send students to serve on OB teams.

Now is the time for students to apply for OB 2020. The online application is available at apply.operationbarnabas.net  and the preliminary application deadline is November 20, 2019!

Operation Barnabas Gives Award To Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church!

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Roger Ward Memorial Award Operation Barnabas
Roger Ward Memorial Award Operation Barnabas

TK presents the Roger Ward Memorial Award to Pastor Randy Haulk on behalf of the Meyersdale Church

Each year, Operation Barnabas leaders and staff select an individual, group, or church to receive an award named in honor of Roger Ward (Grace Brethren Church, Norwalk, California). While the students on OB are being trained in what it means to be “a son or daughter of encouragement”, there are people who far out-serve the teams with their kindness and generosity.

Back in the summer of 1979, Roger Ward showed himself to be one of those people. He gave his own personal vehicle, supplied fuel for the vehicle, and was continually helping the team that year. After his home-going due to an accident at his business, CE National named this service award after Roger in honor of a life devoted to serving others more than self.

CE National is pleased to announce the 2019 Roger Ward Memorial Award is presented to the Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, for their gracious demonstration of servanthood to one of our OB teams.

Timothy Kurtaneck, the director of Operation Barnabas, had this to say about why MGBC was chosen as our Roger Ward Memorial Award recipient for 2019. “Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church has long been a ministry partner with CE National and Operation Barnabas teams. This past summer the church met a very specific need by supplying their church van for use by the OB East team. Operation Barnabas is grateful for the church and leaders and praise God for them!”

OB thanks you, Pastor Randy Haulk and Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church, for loving, serving, and demonstrating a real spirit of servant leadership to our Operation Barnabas teams!