By Joshua Settles

What is the place of ancestry in understanding my identity both spiritually and naturally? In Deuteronomy 6.20-21, the answer given through the ages to the children of Israel was rooted in an always accessible historical event in which the past and present collide; “We were slaves.” 

By Cora Ebley

Reid Satterfield lay on the floor of his mud hut, feeling the life bleeding out of him. Surprisingly, he felt a tremendous peace about dying. Then the Lord spoke to Reid: “You’re not going to die. Ask me to stop the bleeding.”

By Ali Llewellyn

There is a huge opportunity to rethink missions, to use technology to change the world, and to collaborate with others who share this mission. Urbana is doing Hack4Missions because the Kingdom needs hackers.

By Elizabeth Walsh

In the beginning, God made a wonderful world. But before long, we make a tragic mess of it. God’s solution is to call one family to know him and to make him known to the peoples of the earth.

By Cora Ebley

Today, Craig Detweiler is the author of five books. Back in 1984, Craig was in InterVarsity at Davidson College when a friend invited him to come to Urbana. At the time, Craig had no idea what Urbana was.

By Kurt Bullis

Most of us have in mind an absence of restrictions when we think of freedom. We are free when we are able to do what we like, choose what we want, and decide for ourselves. But this definition of freedom is dangerously deceptive in its simplicity.

By Adam Jeske

The seasons I have spent intentionally memorizing Scripture sustained me and shaped me in some profound ways as I sought to do good and honor Christ in Nicaragua, China, South Africa, and the United States.

Tags: Growth | The Bible
By Elizabeth Walsh

Why go all the way to Urbana to study the Bible? Can’t I do that on my own? Well, yes, you certainly can. (Please do!) But there is so much more for you to experience in the Word in a diverse community of God’s people.

By David Vosburg

I was already committed to pursue a PhD in chemistry when I attended my first Urbana in 1996. I was an undergraduate student looking for wisdom and for ways to grow in my heart for missions as I entered graduate school.

Tags: My Major
By Evelyne Reisacher

Last week, while waiting for a plane, I accidentally overheard the phone conversation of a Muslim man sitting behind me. He was telling the person on the other end of the line how happy and excited he was that Ramadan was around the corner, starting today.

By Gordon Govier

Elisabeth Elliot lived her life in service to God and his global mission. She lived responsive to God's call and echoed that call at the four Urbana Student Missions Conferences at which she spoke. She was 88 when her earthly life of obedience ended on June 15, 2015.

By Jack Voelkel

Ten-year-old Elka watched from his hiding place as Mafolio called on the all-powerful and capricious Kworokyam to heal his stepfather. Elka was fascinated by Mafolio’s rituals, and soon after began to sing the songs he had heard which had stuck in his mind. The spirit world drew him in.

By Amy Hauptman

Malaysia Anderson was surprised to see herself up on the big screen in front of 15,000 people on the final night of Urbana 09. Just five days earlier, Malaysia had been praying that God would reveal his will for her life as she arrived in St. Louis for Urbana...

By Adam Jeske

I’ve gone to Mexico, Ethiopia, China, Nicaragua, South Africa, Lebanon, and Thailand for trips of a few days to a few years. I’ve tried a lot of different approaches, but here’s what I now bring when I’m crossing an ocean.

By David Platt

Over a hundred years ago, George Pentecost said, “To the pastor belongs the privilege and responsibility of the missionary problem.” It is the responsibility and privilege of pastors to feel the weight of the nations and to fan a flame for the global glory of God in every local church.

Tags: Missiology

"I look around and I see college students just willing to do whatever. They don’t know when, they don’t know where. But they’re ready. I just want to feel like that again."

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