Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Urbana in St. Louis

Urbana93 put me on the missions trail in a big way. This is one of the best conferences for college folks anywhere. I went to it when it was at Urbana/Champaign, University of Illinois campus. It was 0-5 degrees the whole time.

Millennial Generation Convenes at Urbana Conference
Source: http://www.crosswalk.com

Answering the call to missions and seeking clues to global issues facing the church, record numbers of college students and youth converged in St. Louis for the 21st Urbana Student Missions Conference at the Edward Jones Dome and America’s Center Dec. 27-31. Baptist Press reports that 22,256 registrations from 144 countries as of Dec. 23 in attendence, which is an increase of 1,500 over the previous convention held in 2000. During an opening news conference Dec. 27, Alec Hill, president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, said a special emphasis would be placed on calling students to make long-term commitments to missions. “This event is not just another conference. Urbana conventions ... have been a catalyst for thousands of people to make life-long commitments to cross cultural missions,” Hill said. “Urbana has been and we pray will continue to be a watershed event for thousands of students who make life-altering decisions here.” The North American missions convention, sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA and Canada, seeks to mobilize students for missions by offering a platform for spiritual introspection through worship and Bible study, missions education through specialized seminars, and opportunities for service. This year, more than 270 mission organizations stand ready to sign up willing participants for trips and missions activities in the exhibit hall.