USA (MNN) — Urbana 09 InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's 22nd Student Missions Conference is designed to present the case for global missions. Students are at a place where they will make life-long commitments to participate in missions by pray, giving and going.
Students at Urbana 09 seem to confirm that. One student told us, "I just want to have a more global view of what God's doing and what I can do to be a part of it."
Another young lady told us she wants "to learn more about God and live to serve Him."
Yet another told us, "I want to find what I want to do in life in terms of ministry."
There were others like this one who isn't sure: "I'm just here to see what God has in store for me. I really [don't know] why I'm here really. I've felt the Lord telling me to come, and so I came."
This week, students will meet to study John 1-4. InterVarsity leaders are hoping each person will see and learn more about the world so they'll motivated and empowered to actively participate in God's global mission–not in a specified way, but in a way that matches the individual's gifts, talents and abilities.
Not only are those attending Urbana studying God's Word, but they're receiving information in advocacy and poverty, arts and media, business as missions, diverse people reaching a diverse world, Jesus and justice, International students, and much more.
Urbana has been successful over the years. Since 1946, 240,000 people have been challenged to consider God's mandate to share the Gospel worldwide. Thousands are on the mission field today because of their experience at Urbana. At the last Urbana in 2006, 9,000 people committed to use their vocation to serve God at home or abroad. Also, $1.2 million was raised at that time to help organizations that assist the physically and spiritually poor.