By Rev. Sharon T. Koh

Are you preparing for mission? Are you already in the final chapters of your missionary service? My advice for you is the same advice I give myself weekly: God’s instruction on Sabbath rest was not a suggestion. God mandated rest because God knows how quickly giving of ourselves can result in our complete depletion.

By Stephanie Jimenez

As I take on my many to-do lists this semester, I am learning to work, not for the sake of accomplishment, but to honor the God who has blessed me with these opportunities, abilities, and passions, and as I work I must remember to also rest within the promise and peace of God's perfect holiness.

By A. George

This is definitely going to be one heck of a rollercoaster with quite a few ups and downs. Urbana 15 will be my first Urbana and I don't know what to expect. Everyone that I've talked to who has previously attended Urbana has said it's a life-changing experience and I don't doubt that. We are currently 94 days away from our lives being changed at Urbana.

By Kathryn Brill

As a child of an InterVarsity staff worker and an involved member of my campus’ InterVarsity chapter, I was very familiar with the Urbana Student Missions Conference. I’d even gone to Urbana 2009.

By Sarah Yockey

I pulled out the journal that I started as a freshman at Urbana 12 recently. Three years ago, the green notebook was fresh, each page empty and white. Today, there are scribbles on most of the pages and random church bulletins stuffed inside. As I skimmed through my seminar notes, my reflections and the rest of the journal, I realized how many hints God dropped at Urbana about what the next three years would hold for me and how much he would change me.

By Stephanie Jimenez

The start of something new can be scary and exciting, but as each of us steps into this school year and all the new beginnings that come our way, let us always be reminded that whatever happens, wherever we go, the Lord our God is with us.

By Sarah Yockey

Urbana is far, far away. You can't see it because of the mountain of textbooks and study guides on your desk and the never shrinking to-do list on your phone. I'm with you. Urbana is 800 miles away from Houston, both literally and figuratively. So why should you consider looking up with me toward the horizon, toward December, toward the great arch that soars 630' above St. Louis?

By Adam Jeske

We are in the midst of a global refugee crisis. Over 9 million Syrians have had to leave their homes in the past four years. Of these, 3 million have had to flee their country.

By Jaime Gweshe

I remember praying all night for women that I have never met, not just in Tampa but in this world to know how loved they are by Jesus. I prayed that someone, somewhere could do something to help the women of this world who are exploited every day. I haven’t stopped this prayer. I prayed that there would be more people like I had met to serve God’s people in other corners of the world. But then this idea came to me, what if I could do that? What if I could serve God’s people? What if this is my call?

By Katelin Hansen

The joy of surrendering to God’s love is there to be had right now, right where we are. In other words, your participation in God’s global mission starts now, as a student, in your academic setting, within the limits you’re experiencing.


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