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UBC On Mission

2014 Missions Logo (Brown BG)In the entries below, you will find the stories and experiences of the people of UBC on mission for the glory of God.  We created this weblog so that you may join with us as we passionately seek to declare, demonstrate and display the gospel of Jesus Christ to every tribe, language, people, and nation here in our community, state, nation, and to the uttermost parts of the world.

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Posted by on May 3, 2010 in General Missions

 

East Asia – October 2018

Thanks too for your prayers.  The Lord allowed us to accomplish that for which you sent us.  Even though we were not able to go deep into Tyger people areas and share in their villages, we were able to share with several individuals who lived in the city.  We shared the parable of the prodigal son with several and the parable of the sower with another individual. Then, we were able to talk about the connection of these parables to the Most High God whom deserves our worship and about Christ our Savior who alone can deliver us from the kingdom of darkness, where Satan and demons reign, and transfer us into the kingdom of His beloved Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins (Colossians 1:13).

Also, we had the opportunity to share with students in English.  John and I shared about our families. I shared the parable of the sower and John shared about important holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.  In addition, John sang, “Amazing Grace”! John’s musical talents often helped us to connect with the students and key individuals on the trip. Also, several students asked for advice about handling stress when they found out John is a counselor.  Some students in middle and high school are allowed only one afternoon a week off from their studies because college entrance exams are so competitive.

We were also able to encourage the three team members who are focused long-term on the Tyger people.  We were able to listen to their concerns amidst living and working on the field. John was especially helpful with his counseling skills.

We are indebted to the long-term team members for arranging so many good opportunities for us.  Thank the Lord as well, especially for His grace in helping us to share the good news.

Written by Craig Hubbs

 

East Asia: Day 1 – October 2018

We had good visits last night with some of the teachers at the school where I (Craig) taught for 1.5 years.  They remembered our children when they were 2 and 4 years old.  We have been teaching English classes among a few different groups at the school.  One of the teachers is a believer and we have been encouraged, while serving alongside her and seeing her grow in her faith.  She has a desire to teach and disciple others as she matures as a believer. We also met with several mature believers and had a good time of sharing.

Pray for us, as we continue to encourage the believers in this city and have opportunities of sharing among those who have yet to hear the good news!

Written by Craig Hubbs

 

 

St. Louis Family Mission Trip: Day 3 – July 2018

My best experience I had during the mission trip to St. Louis was definitely participating in the advanced English class. There were mostly Muslim women in the class and they could all speak very good English with few mistakes. At this level, conversation is the best way to practice English.

The first night there were only two women in the class; one of which was named Fatimah. She is a refugee from Iraq who has suffered much due to the harsh wars and terrorism in that area. I learned a lot about the terrible conditions in Iraq. Fatimah explained how their government in Iraq refuses to supply the common people with having basic utilities such as water, electricity, etc. But even with no utilities, you cannot buy a house in Iraq for the equivalent of $80,000. Anytime people protested, the soldiers would start shooting on the mob of angry protesters. To make things worse, ISIS invaded. Fatimah sadly told me how when ISIS invaded, they killed two people out of each family. Fatimah’s husband was one of the victims. He was shopping in a store when out of no where, three terrorist came in and shot him in the head. My heart broke for her. Fatimah had two sons and a daughter at the time. She still lives with her two sons here in St. Louis and her daughter lives in Little Rock with two daughters of her own. She said she would never go back to live in Iraq.

However, not everything she said was terrible and heartbreaking, she told me a lot about her daily life. I was surprised at the amount of cooking Muslim women have to do. She cooks traditional Iraqi food for every meal. Never once did I hear her say she ate at a fast food restaurant. As for Fatimah’s spiritual beliefs, she is a devout Muslim. However, I was encouraged to hear of how highly she spoke of the church. She attended a church close to where she lives and she said the people there were very kind to her. In all, it was a great experience and I hope I will be able to do it again next year.

Wrriten by Ethan Whiteley

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2018 in General Missions, Judea, St. Louis

 

St. Louis Family Mission Trip: Day 3 – July 2018

 

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2018 in General Missions, Judea, St. Louis

 

St. Louis Family Mission Trip: Day 2 – July 2018

In the evenings, our team has been teaching English lessons to various immigrants and refugees. Those who aren’t teaching the lessons are holding a mini VBS for the children whose parents are in the lessons. Some of the people are Bosnian and Ukranian, but there are also several Muslim refugees from Iraq and Syria.

The Church at Affton establishes relationships with them through these English lessons and various other functions in order to love on them and share Christ with them. We sing American songs, share stories with them from the Bible, and help them to learn English. This is basic conversational English and ranges from something very basic like how to introduce yourself all the way up to advanced conversations.

In the meantime, other adults and the teenagers are leading their children through a VBS-style evening with a Bible story, snack, and games. We have two more nights of English classes. Pray that our team helps to strengthen the relationships these people have with the Church at Affton, and that they will ask questions regarding the bible stories they’ve heard, and that the Holy Spirit would draw them to Himself.

Written by Erika Dennett

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2018 in General Missions, Judea, St. Louis

 

St. Louis Family Mission Trip: Day 2 – July 2018

Here are some Day 2 sights from our Family Mission Trip Team, as they continue to declare the gospel throughout neighborhoods in the Affton community.  They also took in some of the city today!

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2018 in General Missions, Judea, St. Louis

 

St. Louis Family Mission Trip: Day 1 – July 2018

Check out some highlights from Day 1 of the Family Mission Trip.

 

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2018 in General Missions, Judea, St. Louis