Dream & Reality
UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.) is the fulfillment of a dream that Melvin E. Banks had at the age of 12.
When Dr. Banks was nine years old, he accepted Christ into his life. By age twelve, he was telling Bible stories to other children and traveling with his mentor to remote parts of Birmingham to give his testimony to adults. On one such trip, as they were leaving, an elderly man spoke to him in a moving way and recited a verse that Banks would never forget: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). This made a great impression on young Melvin, and he dedicated himself to God to help bring the knowledge of God’s Word to Black people.