Urbana ’03 kicks off with a surprise.

By December 29, 2003

USA (MNN) — The openning kick-off to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Urbana ’03 was a high energy worship experience. The theme of the event, which is being held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is ‘Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done.”

However, shortly thereafter the 20,000 in attendance received some bad news about the evening’s speaker and Urbana fixture Doctor John Stott.

“Doctor Stott is 82 and a few days ago he suffered a minor stroke,” says Alex Hill President of InterVarsity Christians Fellowship. “He’s okay, but it’s a real disappointment. He has spoken at Urbana more often. He’s 82 years old and a real Lion of God.”

Hill delivered the news to the largest teen missions conference is the world, but says Stott is expected to make a reasonable recovery.

Stott’s message was delivered by close associate Doctor Joshua Wathanga, who encouraged students to battle the prevailing culture of pluralism in order to win others to Christ. Today delegates will hear teaching on proclaiming Jesus across other cultures and faiths.

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