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  • 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 →

  • October 4, 2019

    Deborah Leighty: SUM Student at Urban Hope Philadelphia

    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 GraceContinue reading →

  • September 12, 2019

    Stories of Living ON MISSION

    Stories of Living ON MISSION

    Pastor Rick Cartagena is lead pastor of Norwalk Grace Brethren Church in Norwalk, California. Watch how Rick and his church are living ON MISSION. Who are you reaching? What story would you tell?

  • August 10, 2019

    Operation Barnabas Faithfulness Award Recipients

    Since participating on Operation Barnabas is not an end result but rather a step in the process, we encourage OB participants to be involved in the OB Faithfulness Program. This discipleship program, completed in the five months immediately following the student’s OB tour, involves demonstrating continued faithfulness through personal growth, church involvement, mentoring, and evenContinue reading →

  • August 9, 2019

    Grace Community Church of Huber Heights Visits Urban Hope Philadelphia

    Grace Community Church of Huber Heights Visits Urban Hope Philadelphia

    July 25-28, students from Grace Community Church of Huber Heights served at Urban Hope Philadelphia. The group did homeless ministry, prayer walks, installed smoke detectors in homes, attended Urban Hope Community Church, and did work projects. Here are some comments: “I was scared coming here because I felt unsafe and unfamiliar with the community andContinue reading →

  • August 8, 2019

    Auburn Grace Community Church Serves at Urban Hope LA

    Auburn Grace Community Church at Urban Hope Los Angeles

    Auburn Grace Community Church from Northern California served at Urban Hope Los Angeles July 8-13. The group of 13 was mostly middle school students. They helped with the Saddleback Food Pantry, ran a kids program at the local Southern Cal Park, helped the homeless on Skid Row partnering with the Fred Jordan Mission, did beachContinue reading →

  • July 24, 2019

    The Reason: Momentum Youth Conference 2019

    Momentum Youth Conference 2019

    Students and adults from nearly 125 churches, 19 of them new churches, descended on Indiana Wesleyan University last week for Momentum Youth Conference 2019. The theme was The Reason from 1 Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to giveContinue reading →

  • July 24, 2019

    God Opened My Eyes

    New Life Church from Indianapolis, Indiana, visited Urban Hope Philadelphia July 12-14. The group of 13 students and adults did a prayer walk, talked with people at Reading Market and did homeless outreach. They also joined Urban Hope Community Church for their Sunday morning service and lunch! Comments from three participants: Showing us the lifeContinue reading →

  • July 24, 2019

    I Have Learned How To Live ON MISSION

    First Baptist Church from Coldwater, Michigan, spent time at Urban Hope Philadelphia July 8-12. The group of 15 students and adults talked with people at Reading Market and Mifflin Park, did prayer walks, service projects, and came to Urban Hope’s Bible study at the church as well as their recovery meeting. Comments from three participants:Continue reading →

  • July 11, 2019

    Two Churches Recently Help at Urban Hope Philadelphia

    Montgomery Community Church from Cincinnati, Ohio, spent time at Urban Hope Philadelphia helping the homeless, doing prayer walks, and outreach at Mifflin Park. The group also helped with the Fourth of July block party. Two participants talk about their experience: Grant, “My perspective of people that have less than me changed. It has humbled meContinue reading →

  • July 3, 2019

    Blessed Through Operation Barnabas

    Operation Barnabas East Team spent some time at Manheim Grace Brethren Church in Manheim, Pennsylvania. TK, director of Operation Barnabas, and Cody Ray, administrative leader for OB East Team, received this email from the secretary of the church. I immediately had to reach out and say how BLESSED we were as a church through OperationContinue reading →