November 20, 2015

CE National Dedicates Urban Hope’s Balmer Building

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What a special day!  This past Sunday, the Balmer Building was dedicated to the Lord as a ministry site at the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia.  Over the past year, the complete transformation of the building at the corner of A and Tioga Streets was accomplished. This facility will be used for housing the Grace College students majoring in urban ministry (SUM) who serve a nine month internship at Urban Hope for their senior year.  The site also serves as housing for ministry teams, and has meeting rooms that are able to be used by the Urban Hope Community Church.

Special parts of the dedication service included:

  • A testimony by Henry “Rocky” Santiago. (watch his testimony here)
  • The presentation of a bronze plaque of Ken and Ruth Balmer.
  • Sharing from Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana.
  • A spiritual challenge by Ed Lewis, CE National executive director. There were salvation decisions and re-dedication decisions too!
  • The prayer of dedication led by the new CE National Board of Directors president (and former UHTC director) Jon Rauch.
  • The entire morning was capped off with a wonderful Puerto Rican dinner!

We praise the Lord for the completion of this project that will be used to train more individuals in what it means to live ON MISSION for the glory of the Lord!

To see a copy of the dedication publication, click here.
To keep up with UHTC, “like” the Urban Hope Facebook page.

Ken and Ruth Balmer during the dedication

Ken and Ruth Balmer during the dedication

Ed Lewis, executive director of CE National, shares during the dedication

Ed Lewis, executive director of CE National, shares during the dedication

Testimonies were shared from people at Urban Hope

Testimonies were shared from people at Urban Hope

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace Schools, shared during the dedication.

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace Schools, shared during the dedication.

Dennis Boyd, with his wife, Cathy. Dennis was project manager on the renovation and did much of the work himself

Dennis Boyd, with his wife, Cathy. Dennis was project manager on the renovation and did much of the work himself

Ed Lewis thanks the Balmers for their love and service to the Lord.

Ed Lewis thanks the Balmers for their love and service to the Lord.

See more pictures on the CE National Facebook page.


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