East Asia – May 2017

From a local fellowship to local campus life, to meal upon meal with locals for famous provincial cuisine, the past few days have been exhilarating, fast, and significant. As our team has been hitting our Asian stride we have found ourselves both exhausted and excited.

We spent Sunday with a local fellowship of long-term workers and getting to know new friends on university campuses. There is much to learn about this culture, people, language and city, so we rarely run out of questions to ask.

On Monday our team set out again to make friends on and off campuses. After lunch, a friend named Emily took Sarah Beth and I shopping and we were able to spend eight hours with her in one day and many times share about the good news. For such a short trip that seems a great gift!

Today we spent the majority of the day taking some of these new friends with us to see panda bears. This time allowed us to deepen our friendships as we walked and talked and admired some of God’s more adorable creatures. Tonight some of these same friends took us to eat the local food this province is best known for. Over this meal our friends explained much about the culture of this country, and we had the privilege of sharing the good news with them at length. As we talked, they
explained not many people here have beliefs, but that they think this is not good. They literally said they are “waiting to hear what to believe.” If that’s not an open door, I’m not sure what is!

Written by Hayley Meyer


East Asia – May 2017

These past two days in East Asia have been filled with many new experiences and new friends! Yesterday, we met with a friend who wanted to give us a tour of her campus, since it was different than the one we were familiar with. There, we met with a friend of hers and were able to talk and get to know her as well. While the girls were doing that, the guys went to play basketball and made new friends also. Later on, we went to English corner– an event on the largest campus where people go to practice their English. It was a great way to make new friends and get to know more about the culture.

Today, we went to a famous tourist spot and invited some of the friends we made the previous night. We had a lot of good conversations. My favorite one was during lunch; two of my teammates and I were able to petition while another one of us shared the good news with one of our new friends! It was amazing to be a witness to that and to have the opportunity to join her in lifting her up as the Father was enabling her to boldly share. At night, one of our partners here was having a game night at their apartment, and we were able to go. We played games and talked for several hours and had a lot of fun!

I am looking forward to these next few days and meeting up with the new friends we’ve made, petitioning that we have the opportunity to share with them. This trip has already been a blessing and I am excited to see what more our father has in store for us these upcoming days!

Written by Anabella Monterrosa-Diaz


East Asia – May 2017

“Wow! Today was our second full day here and God is already working in awesome ways! Yesterday we met up with our contact here in East Asia and he gave us a basic orientation of what our time here might look like. This culture is very “go with the flow” so we are constantly learning to be flexible and trust Him that he will use our time well. We then were able to prayer walk campus and get more familiar with the city. Today we went to lunch with two students one of which is a believer and the other is not. It was great to talk with them and hear their stories (they also taught me how to use chopsticks the right way!). After that we went to campus again and played ping pong and basketball with some of the students to begin building relationships. We were able to connect with a few students and hope to continue building those friendships.

Tonight, we had the opportunity to worship and share testimonies with a fellowship here. It was a sweet time of hearing worship in both their language and ours and also of hearing stories of our Father’s work in the lives of our team members and of the fellow brothers and sisters in our club. God is working in my heart so much too. I have seen how self-centered I am. I’ve seen how many of my thoughts and concerns revolve around me and it has gotten in the way of being able to love others well. God has been so good to show me that now, so that my mission here can be focused on Him.

My prayer is that He will teach me to really see and love others. Please pray that the team would serve the people here well, even though we’re already worn out. Pray that the gospel goes forth and that God is glorified through this trip. Pray that we would be an encouragement to the long-term workers here. And pray that as a team we would love each other well. I’ve loved getting to serve with this amazing group of brothers and sisters ! We are already close as a group and are able to serve so well together.

HE is so good!”

Sarah Beth McCollum


Love the City: Serve Local Workday – May 2017

Today was our annual Love the City: Serve Local Workday.  We served two of our Local Direct Support Ministries – Loving Choices and Compassion House, as well as helped do some sprucing up of the outside of the UBC Mission House.  Here are some highlights.


Colombia – March 2017

UBC Family,

Words cannot express how grateful I am for your support over the last month. Our trip to Leticia, Colombia was impactful in various ways. On our trip we stayed in a small Peruvian village on the amazon river for three days, led a spiritual retreat for local missionaries, and we served the host mission family however we could.

The trip to the Amazon taught me many invaluable things, but what stuck with me the most was the intentionality. Intentionality is universal; the barriers of language did not hinder us from expressing love. For example, our team leader Michael, didn’t speak a lick of English, but shared love through quality time spent and physical touch (hugs, fist bumps, high-fives). His actions confirmed the verse John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Moving forward, I believe God is calling me to go overseas permanently. I loved every second of my time in Colombia; yes, I even miss those nasty mosquitoes. I yearn to be back this very moment, but over the last few weeks, I was reminded to be content in this current season of life. Thank you for your help in making this trip a reality.

The Peruvian Village

During our stay in Peru we assisted the B family with discipleship training. Mr. B, the lead missionary, led a discipleship conference in the isolated village we visited. The village of about 50 people is a Christian village on the Amazon River. There, our goal is to raise up disciples to share the grace of Christ to other villages in the surrounding region. During the conference Mr. B explicitly shared stories from the Bible; stories like the cross, creation, Cain and Abel, and the flood are used to elaborately explain the gospel. The Peruvian villagers are mostly illiterate, so they memorized these stories to share their faith with others and to store up God’s word in their own hearts. We also took part in sharing our personal testimonies. These testimonies of God’s work in our lives not only brought us closer to the villagers, but also painted a clear picture of the gospel, and showed that testimonies could be used to proclaim God’s handiwork to others.

Spiritual Retreat & Families

During our last full day in Colombia we led a spiritual retreat for the B family and other missionary families in the surrounding area. We worshipped in English (a rarity for them), shared tear jerking praises, prayer needs, stories, encouraged one another, spent time in prayer, and studied Ephesians 1:15-23. We discussed that amidst all things our hope is derived from Christ, that we were once alienated with no hope, but God, being rich in mercy, brought us near. We discussed that God has dominion over all things: “every name that is named” (sign of dominion); therefore, we love because he first loved us; perfect love casts out fear.


Continuous prayer (1 Thess. 5:17) is still needed for Colombia, the Village, and the families in the area. Pray for the missionaries in the area: for their gaze to be fixed on his kingdom, for them to be steadfast in their walk, for their health, and for their impact on the unbelieving natives. Also, pray that God will raise up a number of indigenous disciples who are willing to reach the indigenous tribes in the Amazon jungle.


Morgan Montgomery

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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Colombia, General Missions, Samaria


Colombia – March 2017

If I am being honest with you, I never foresaw myself going to South America.  Traveling south wasn’t on my bucket list or any sort of list for that matter.  When I learned about this opportunity, I had to use Google to even make sure where Colombia was located within South America.  Although I had no significant heart or desire for South America or Colombia, I knew that God did.  

Mark Twain has a famous quote that states, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…” which is quite true. What is more, it expands my heart and love of the world to get a little more like God’s.  “For God so loved the world,” and now, I love the world a little more like He does.

When I learned about this opportunity to join the B-Family for a short visit, I knew that God would expand my heart for a place and a people that I had never thought much about before. And sure enough, I now know the sights and sounds and smells of a place I had never before paid much mind to.  I have friends in Colombia, and my heart feels a little bit more like God’s heart. We spent a lot of time with the B family, with their friends, Mr. L and his son, and with other missionaries in their area, I care about them deeply.

If you’ve ever been on a trip with UBC, you understand what I’m talking about, how our hearts grow.  If you’ve ever considered joining a mission trip opportunity with UBC, I highly recommend talking to Ryan Martin or someone else that can get you connected and plugged in.  Let your heart grow as you serve the Lord and the church and experience more of the world.

Written by Michael Gaddy

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Posted by on March 22, 2017 in Colombia, General Missions, Samaria


Colombia: Days 4 & 5 – March 2017

On Monday morning, I went with Ms. B to take her younger kids to school. They go to a private school started by missionaries in Tabatinga, Brazil and they are learning Spanish and Portuguese. I’m still just learning to tell the difference between the two! We went over to the airport and walked around where the Brazilian military goes on their runs in the morning. We talked about the churches and the common beliefs in the area. We also got to start planning the retreat that we’ll have on Thursday with all the local missionaries when the team gets back from the river. We went around and invited some of the local couples, and found out about a girl who had been attending the English school that these missionaries ran, but she had recently stopped attending it so she could go to the Mormon church in town. (We are now praying that she will return to what she had been learning through the missionaries for the past couple of years and that God would reveal his truth to her!)

Later that afternoon, the oldest girl and I went out for a canoe ride on Los Lagos (a lake that is connected to the Amazon.) We swam in the lake and looked at all the trees and the beautiful scenery in it! We got to watch the sun start setting while we were on the Amazon river and it was so beautiful! That evening Ms. B and her girls and I just hung out, baked cookies, and talked about girly things while Isaac and Joy fell asleep on the couch watching Ghostbusters. Afterwards, the girls I had a sleepover in the girls’ room and talked all about life.

This morning (Tuesday), the oldest girl and I woke up after the little ones had gone to school and Ms. B was getting ready to go to breakfast to celebrate another missionary’s birthday, so I took her out to breakfast. Then we went to explore the town a little bit more and buy LOTS of coffee to bring home! We have been having a great time to get to know each other here, and just have fellowship with other believers. I wish I had more to talk about with the work the guys are doing in the village, but I’m sure when they get back tomorrow, they will have tons of awesome stories about the work God got to do through them! Thank you for your prayers and support of the six of us as well as the ‘B family’.

Written by Brena Lackey

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Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Colombia, General Missions, Samaria