Making Disciples

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Last year, we celebrated 25 years of ministry at Urban Impact. For a ministry to be sustainable for that long, we had to learn to be strategic by looking at the life of Jesus Christ —strategic with our time and resources, so that we can be fully effective at making disciples that make disciples. The model we adopted from Jesus is to WIN, BUILD, EQUIP, MULTIPLY, and SEND. But how does that flesh out today?

Let’s look at the story of Asa Bray.

Last year, we celebrated 25 years of ministry at Urban Impact. For a ministry to be sustainable for that long, we had to learn to be strategic by looking at the life of Jesus Christ —strategic with our time and resources, so that we can be fully effective at making disciples who make disciples. The model we adopted from Jesus is to WIN, BUILD, EQUIP, MULTIPLY, and SEND.  But how does that flesh out today? 

Let’s look at the story of Asa Bray.

WIN

We first met Asa when he was 6 years old through our Baseball program. Urban Impact Baseball gives youth the opportunity to grow and mature in athletic skills, sportsmanship, and their relationship with Christ. Asa was later connected to our Summer Day Camp, as well as our Basketball program. He gave his life to Christ during a Basketball devotional one week, and that is where his discipleship journey began.

build

For 12 years, Asa was highly involved in Urban Impact programs and came every week, sometimes multiple times, to learn about Christ and experience the love of Jesus through staff and volunteers. Many godly people through our ministry began to personally invest in Asa, helping him develop into, not just a young man, but as a follower of Jesus.

build

For 12 years, Asa was highly involved in Urban Impact programs and came every week, sometimes multiple times, to learn about Christ and experience the love of Jesus through staff and volunteers. Many godly people through our ministry began to personally invest in Asa, helping him develop into, not just a young man, but as a follower of Jesus.

Equip

Asa was hired onto our Summer Day Camp’s High School Staff, where he deepened a connection with Christ while also learning what it meant to be a diligent worker. After graduating and working at Urban Impact for multiple summers, he became a leader at camp. He led recreation activities, became an intern where he led a class of young students, and even managed the High School Staff of which he was once a part. It was at camp that Asa began sharing his testimony with kids from the community where he grew up.

Multiply

After Asa’s high school education and a lot of conversations with our Options staff, he chose to pursue college as his preferred track. He received a scholarship to play basketball and attended Bethany College and then the Community College of Baltimore County. When COVID-19 stalled his plans, forcing him to move temporarily back to Pittsburgh, Asa contemplated what he wanted to do while he awaited the opportunity to return to school. He chose to come back to Urban Impact as a Fellow in our Training Center and pour back into students the same way that he had been poured into. As a Fellow, he learned and developed as a disciple maker for Jesus Christ. There Asa coached our AAU basketball team, discipling students throughout the season, eventually leading the team to a national championship!

Multiply

After Asa’s high school education and a lot of conversations with our Options staff, he chose to pursue college as his preferred track. He received a scholarship to play basketball and attended Bethany College and then the Community College of Baltimore County. When COVID-19 stalled his plans, forcing him to move temporarily back to Pittsburgh, Asa contemplated what he wanted to do while he awaited the opportunity to return to school. He chose to come back to Urban Impact as a Fellow in our Training Center and pour back into students the same way that he had been poured into. As a Fellow, he learned and developed as a disciple maker for Jesus Christ. There Asa coached our AAU basketball team, discipling students throughout the season, eventually leading the team to a national championship!

Send

By investing time and building relationships with students, Urban Impact has seen the generational impact of disciples making disciples. Asa is one who is continuing this impact for the Kingdom by discipling students in our programs and living out what it means to follow Jesus. Now, as he finishes his remaining years in college, Asa can take his knowledge, experience, and understanding of reaching others with the gospel of Jesus to his campus and community.

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Because of your support, Urban Impact has been a catalyst of change for generations of students on the North Side of Pittsburgh. We are committed to using our time and resources wisely so that the next generation of children, like Asa, who come to our programs can continue to grow in their faith.

Would you prayerfully consider locking arms with Urban Impact to make disciples that make disciples – just like Asa? By giving today, you can impact one person, then one family, and then one block for Jesus Christ and, in turn, impact a whole generation of disciple makers.

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Urban Impact Foundation has consistently served the North Side of Pittsburgh for 25 years. Would you prayerfully consider where God is calling you?

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