By Jamie Hoffman
Bruce chose to follow Jesus at the age of 55. Mary became a believer through the encouragement of her 11-year-old daughter. After a rough childhood and teen years, Drew came to faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 18. April’s five-year-old son led her to recommit herself to Christ. These are just a few of the lives changed through the impact of the Urban Hope Training Center in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, Pa.
But they are stories that might have never happened.
In 1998, with fewer than 20 members, the Third Brethren Church was struggling. After 75 years of ministry, the congregation was aging while the neighborhood around them changed. It was becoming apparent that the doors of the church might close for good.