The daily devotional written by Bob & Debby Gass since 1994 has become a key part of the media ministry that UCB utilises in discipleship around the world.
What began as a few words hand-written on legal pads in his home in Atlanta has now grown to be a ministry that touches millions across the globe in many languages. UCB has continued to foster new initiatives that allow the devotional to reach new lands and people through a translation program that has launched new editions in every continent of the globe.
Born and raised in Northern Ireland Bob, along with his brother Neil and sister Ruth, were brought up in a strong Christian tradition by their widowed mother after their father’s death when Bob was only thirteen.
Much of Bob’s inspiration comes from over forty years of being involved in Christian leadership and from Biblical principles and Godly values, instilled in him by his mother. 1992 was when Bob put pen to paper and began jotting down these inspirations. In 1993 he started sending copies of them to his friends and supporters in the United States, where he has lived since he was eighteen years old. These inspirational readings proved so popular that Bob was totally astounded by the response.
Having a vision for Christian radio in the UK, Bob offered Gareth Littler (former CEO of UCB) his devotional readings to encourage Christians in their support of UCB and as the old saying goes, ‘the rest is history!’
So, through a bold step of faith in April 1994, we launched this very successful devotional that had been called The Word for Today, with an initial print run of 3,500 copies circulated to our supporters within the UK.
The circulation has now increased over three million copies being distributed each edition around the world. Copies find their way into the hands of patients in hospitals, prisoners and the residents of care centres throughout the world.
Day after day, telephone calls and letters testify to how inspiring these simple yet powerful, daily readings are transforming peoples lives. We have been amazed over the years at how many people have found faith in Christ simply through reading The Word for Today.
Bob says, ‘This devotional is a kick start for cold mornings, when you don’t feel like reading your Bible or find it a bit dry, that’s when you need a good injection of inspiration. That’s what I want to provide for our readers, something to focus their minds on God’s goodness’.
Through reading this devotional every morning tens of thousands of people’s lives have been changed.