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  • February 19, 2020

    Travel, Serve, Learn, Grow on an Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

    Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

    Traveling, serving, learning, and growing sounds like a great way for high school students to spend three weeks this summer. Who do you know that could benefit from experiencing all this and more as a part of Operation Barnabas 2020? While our OB 2020 rosters are filling up, there are still open spots on bothContinue reading →

  • February 14, 2020

    Summer is Coming…

    Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

    It seems like summer is a long way off, but we know how quickly time goes and summer will be here before we know it. So, now is the time for high school students to be thinking about those warmer days and Operation Barnabas may be a perfect part of those summer plans! While ourContinue reading →

  • February 13, 2020

    Learn How to Share Your Faith at Urban Hope Los Angeles

    Urban Hope Los Angeles

    Ever struggle with how to bring up God with your neighbors or co-workers? Or maybe you just want to be more intentional with the relationships God has placed around you! As our nation and world become more post-Christian, we, as followers of Jesus, need to help our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers hear, see, taste,Continue reading →

  • January 30, 2020

    An Action-packed and Meaningful Way to Spend Several Weeks of Your Summer!

    Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

    These quotes are from high school students who all experienced the life-changing ministry of Operation Barnabas. OB gave them three weeks of training, traveling the country, experiencing God in a fresh way, and growing in their walk with Christ. They also met the needs of the overlooked, built relationships through discipleship, and learned how toContinue reading →

  • January 29, 2020

    Momentum Youth Conference Registration Opens This Saturday

    Momentum Youth Conference Registration Opens February 1, 2020

    This experience can change a life. Don’t miss out on the incredible week of Momentum! Register and pay your $75 deposit between February 1 and March 31 (and balance by June 15) for the best rate for the #bestweekofsummer. Visit buildmomentum.org to find out more.

  • December 5, 2019

    Thank You for Helping Urban Hope Philadelphia

    Getting meals ready to distribute

    CE National and Urban Hope Philadelphia are especially grateful for the people who gave to support this year’s Urban Hope Thanksgiving meal outreach. Gifts given in honor of individuals were: Harry and Peggy Longenecker honored Lee and Melissa Seese and Kevin and Shelly Longenecker Mark Saunders honored Bobbie Saunders Don and Connie Gregory honored SamContinue reading →

  • November 28, 2019

    300 Families Helped at Urban Hope Philadelphia

    Getting meals ready to distribute

    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.

  • November 27, 2019

    Auburn Grace Community Church Helps Urban Hope Los Angeles

    Auburn Grace Community Church Helps Urban Hope Los Angeles

    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 weekendContinue reading →

  • November 23, 2019

    Urban Hope Philly Visits Urban Hope LA

    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 completedContinue reading →

  • November 21, 2019

    Serving Together On Operation Barnabas is Fun!

    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 myContinue reading →

  • November 13, 2019

    Do it now! Apply For Operation Barnabas

    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 andContinue reading →

  • November 6, 2019

    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 baseballContinue reading →

  • October 31, 2019

    Operation Barnabas Students Reunite For Ministry at Urban Hope Philadelphia

    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 fromContinue reading →

  • October 30, 2019

    Operation Barnabas Olszewski Memorial Award Announced

    Operation Barnabas Olszewski Memorial Award Announced

    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 respectedContinue reading →

  • October 25, 2019

    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 canContinue reading →

  • October 24, 2019

    The Legacy of Third Brethren Church in Philadelphia Continues

    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,Continue reading →

  • October 23, 2019

    God Changes Lives Through HopeMobile

    Urban Hope's HopeMobile

    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 truckContinue reading →

  • October 17, 2019

    What I Learned In 1991 From Operation Barnabas!

    What I Learned In 1991 From Operation Barnabas!

    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 theContinue reading →

  • October 16, 2019

    Liberty University Students Experience Urban Hope Philadelphia

    Liberty University Students Experience Urban Hope Philadelphia

    Over the weekend of October 4-6, students from Liberty University’s SEND program experienced ministry at Urban Hope Philadelphia.

  • October 5, 2019

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

    Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

    Each 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 seenContinue reading →