The UJBB (Union de Jóvenes Bautistas de Bolivia) is the National Youth Union of Bolivian Baptists.
This institution focuses on supporting the needs of youth throughout the country, provides training, and works to promote mobilization. The term “youth” in Bolivia is a bit broader as it roughly includes people ages 13 to 25 years old. Each Bolivian Baptist church has a Youth Union—like a youth group—with an elected president, treasure, etc. These church unions are represented by larger regional youth unions (ten in all) based on geography. Finally the UJBB represents these ten regional associations as the National Baptist Youth Union of Bolivia.
So the UJBB has a big job, particularly as its board consists entirely of young adults itself. While each region is responsible for organizing activities in their respective areas, the UJBB takes on the task of supporting and training the leaders of these groups nationwide. These young leaders recognize that they are not just the future of the church, but that they are the church right now. As such, they work tirelessly to train and mobilize youth across the country put their faith in action.
About Tim & Kallie Hutton
Tim and Kallie are working with the staff of CBM’s partners, the Bolivian Baptist Union (UBB) and its development arm, OBADES, to build and support effective programs and ministries. They are working to get churches involved with strategic community development projects as well as expanding the capacity of the seminary to train effective leaders.