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FOCUS! A look at May–Aug 2018

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  Be inspired as you learn of recent transformations happening through each ministry, and be moved to act after a sneak peek into what’s to come! Get your Focus! in the Connection Café, view in the UBC Houston app, or download it online today. Download the...

Summer events from Ben Sandstrom

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The contemporary worship team had a busy summer working on a new project and leading events around the community. I love that for the last two years my summer has started with leading worship at VBS! This year, Lindsay and I had the pleasure of working alongside Rick and Tonya Wright...

LA Trip Sunday

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Today is our last full day in LA. How appropriate to start off with worship at The House LA. The first thing we did when we arrived was to look for Levi. He never showed. I didn’t think he would, but...maybe. Worship was wonderful. The visiting band was amazing, and Louis’ sermon...

LA Trip Saturday

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The word got out that we were going to be doing a clean-up around the church today. A Korean Youth organization provided the tools and bags, and the city sent a representative from the sanitation department. We had to be trained because the trash in the streets around there includes syringes...

LA Trip Friday

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Today we took a tour at Homeboy Industries, founded by Jesuit priest Father Gregory Boyle. Homeboy Industries is a gang-intervention program located in Boyle Heights (no connection), the gang capital of the world. It is a self-sustaining business, bakery, cafe and job source. Look on Netflix for...

LA Trip Thursday

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Today was a free day to process what we’ve learned. We ate breakfast in a comfortable coffee shop filled with successful-looking people. There seems to be an unspoken understanding here that, no matter how close you stand or sit next to a stranger, you sort of act like they’re not...

LA Trip Wednesday

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  On Wednesday we visited the Union Rescue Mission in downtown LA. This huge mission has been in operation since 1891. In the beginning, they utilized a “Gospel Wagon” to ride around picking up any who were willing to receive help. Some think that this is the origin of the...

LA Trip Tuesday

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We arrived in Los Angeles yesterday to a balmy day that quickly got super hot. It's two hours earlier here, so we got to eat breakfast twice which was fun! The guy sitting next to me on the plane described LA as a zoo. Houston is a huge city, but LA feels like chaos...sensory overload. Super...

Thoughts from Africa: Kyle Wilson

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So you’re ready to come to Africa?! Here’s what you need to expect.  Heart-wrenching stories of women and children being raped. Sobering relationships developed with children, 9-12 years olds living as the head of their household and caring for younger...

2018 Thailand Report

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Every time I go to Thailand I’m struck by both the kindness and hospitality of the local people mixed with the incredibly challenging environment for Christians and churches to operate and thrive. Most pie charts that depict the statistics of religious groups in the country look remarkably...