Fabian Ybarra, born and raised in the city of San Antonio, TX. is the youngest of six children. He began drinking at ten and started using drugs by 13. Fabian had a passion for music and his talent landed him a spot in a professional mariachi group at the age of 15. Fabian began traveling all over the United States with the group and instead of taking in the sights, he recalls spending his “down” time getting high in the hotels.
By his 18th birthday, Fabian’s crack addiction had cost him his job as a teacher with various school districts. Things quickly went downhill from this point. Nothing was more important than attaining that “high”, nothing. Not even his then girlfriend, Annette, or their five year old son, Jonathan. They had met when Fabian was twelve and quickly thereafter became parents. Annette, who grew up in a God-fearing home, had quickly become his biggest enabler. Annette and Fabian, along with their son, bounced around from home to home.
During a church festival, Fabian, hired as entertainment, listened to the gospel message and “high as a kite, I invited Christ into my life,” Fabian recalls. Instead of getting better, Fabian’s addiction deepened, but so did his discontentment. In and out of jail, in and out of rehab, Fabian and Annette’s family grew, adding two daughters, Elida and Alyssa. Annette had reached the point of insanity, determined that she could change him even though she had become addicted to his cycle of addiction also.
The breaking point came one day in 2005. Fabian found himself “stuck” on the corner of El Paso and Navidad after a drug binge bought with the entire contents of his family’s apartment. Someone handed Fabian a flyer for the men’s home where he allowed himself to be disciplined, directed and discipiled for the first time in his life. Unfortunately, he allowed outside influence, mainly from his now wife, Annette, to convince him to leave the home after only a year.
Within months, Fabian realized he had stepped out of God’s will for his life. So, in 2007, Fabian responded to the call of God over his life and entered into full-time ministry. He became the musical director and eventually, Fabian and his family, moved into the men’s home where Fabian became the director. At this point, Fabian established a covenant with God, if God took care of his family, something Fabian had never been able to do, he, in turn would look out for the “lost”, love the “un-loveable”, and seek out the “unwanted”. Upon reflection, Fabian lists this as the most difficult phase of his life, the denying of self. His passion for the lost consumed him, just as his drug-addiction had once consumed him.
On Thursday, July 29, 2010, the first home fellowship was held and United House of Restoration was born…
As it continues...
By December of that same year, United House of Restoration was holding services in the basement of Beacon Hill Baptist Church, the very church where Fabian had rec'd the Lord ten years earlier. It was housed at this facility for the next two years. The home moved two times within those years. Trouble with landlords needing to sell properties, increased rent and the general obstacles that life often brings, church services were held in congregant's homes as the search for a building of their very own began...
In the meantime, the Ybarra family moved to Houston, where they served under their senior pastors at Houston Restoration Church for six months teaching beginner music lessons to underprivledged families. The family moved back to San Antonio in Dec. 2013 and always being kingdom minded, they agreed to help run the men's home for San Antonio for Christ.
After much preparation, trepidation and perspiration, the pastor's prayers have been answered and God has provided a building for the assembly to gather. It is located at 6131 DeZavala Rd. This isn't a new beginning, but rather a continuation of the path that God has for our lives. We look forward to the challenges and blessings ahead. We would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and prayers during our transitional phase. God Bless You!!.