Celebrate with us the many ways that God is at work among our churches, our communities, and throughout the world.
Day With Dads
If your Dad is in prison, to spend a day with him is a rare and precious gift. This is the gift that UBA Consultant Sally Hinzie gave to 19 families in the November 4 Day with Dads at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville. Read the full story.
The Long Road to Recovery: Homes in Haiti
UBA celebrates God at work in Houston and throughout the world as followers of Christ continue to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by disaster. Read how Bertha Vaughns, member of Bethany Baptist Church, and others have committed time and resources to build safe homes for families in Haiti through the ministry of International Ambassadors for Christ, founded by Lynette Francois. Continue
Families Who Care
With the need for foster care families both urgent and increasing, the church is challenged to step up and make a difference. UBA celebrates the many families who are opening their homes and arms to children in need of foster care. Read the stories of the Hays and Scoggins families here.
On Mission in Senegal
In September, Iglesia Bautista Del Redentor will commission church member Oscar Cerna for a 3-year term of ministry as a missionary in Thies, Senegal, Africa. UBA celebrates God at work in the life of this missionary, the congregation, and the people of Senegal. Pray for a fruitful ministry. Read the full story.
At a recent children's camp, M. is thankful that 78 children heard the gospel. 45 of those children were with M,'s group. These children are primarily from another faith group. She asks for prayer that the children will continue to hear and respond to the gospel and that those who respond will grow in the knowledge of who God is and bear fruit for His glory.
UBA celebrates God at work in our congregations who intentionally seek to disciple followers of Christ. The Instituto Biblico Ministerial, begun in 1998, reports 28 students enrolled from 6 congregations this spring. Director is Moises Flores.
UBA celebrates when hands that held a weapon now hold a Bible as this returning citizen, once incarcerated as a violent offender, leads an organic church Bible study in his home. Pray for the continuing ministry of UBA volunteers as they visit prisons weekly seeking to disciple men in the way of Christ.
Igbani's story of finding a renewed life in Christ while incarcerated is shared by the Christian Life Commission as it celebrates a commitment to re-entry ministries. Read more of Igbani's story, Finding Freedom in Prison, and her commitment to helping others through her ministry with Free Indeed Ministries. Link
Students on Mission (BOUNCE)
Disaster recovery ministries don't just restore the homes of people; these ministries impact lives. During the Spring Break BOUNCE Missions over Spring Break, the gospel was shared 7 times; 2 people trusted Christ; and 5 other decisions were made, reports David Scott, the Director of the Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery Bounce Student Ministry. The lives of the 264 students who participated in Bounce were impacted; the families and individuals at the 12 ministry sites were impacted. Students learned to share their faith as 20 spiritual conversations were recorded.
Organic Church Planters
UBA celebrates the potential of two ex-offenders, mentored by Rickie Bradshaw, who were trained in the Life Change Group Discipleship process while incarcerated. They are now planning a community outreach in Fifth Ward. Pray for fruitful lives of obedience for these men.
Praises from Margie
Margie Randall, who serves refugees in some Houston area apartment complexes, offers praise that a new knitting enterprise has offered the opportunity for women of different countries and different faiths to bond together and that God has opened the door to ministry in an additional apartment complex in north Houston. Pray for much needed volunteers to staff the ministries or provide childcare for those participating.
Long Term Recovery
UBA Celebrates individuals and churches who are unselfishly giving of time, resources, and space to assist those who have been impacted by floods and hurricanes in the Houston area. (Read Story)
Hope in San Salvador
On a mission trip to San Salvador in January, Pastor Oscar Hall preached in three churches in two cities and led 12 pastors and 56 church leaders in training conferences. However, the highlight of God at work was a young gang leader in a village who gave his life to Christ. Pray for this young man's life to be fruitful for Christ & Read Pastor Hall's Report.