By Adam Jeske

For the last 4 ½ years Syria has been embroiled in a civil war, the net impact of which is that many Syrians are fleeing their homes, either to another part of Syria or to another country. This is “perhaps the greatest human suffering in our world today.”

By Drew Smith

These past months, as I’ve lived in the story of Matthew’s Gospel, I’ve found a gospel written for a time like ours. I’ve found a manual for the disciples of Jesus living in a hurting world.

By Diana Collymore and Kurt Bullis

Urbana is a great value, but it’s still an investment which may have you needing to raise funds. Here are a range of ideas and resources to get you going.

By Sarah Yockey

Two weeks ago, I spent an hour on the sidewalk listening to my friend firmly assure me that she was NOT going to Urbana. She was not interested, not called, not ready, and definitely not going. Last week, I spent an hour on that same sidewalk jumping up and down with a giant smile on my face as that same friend told me that she knew, for sure, that she needed to go to Urbana.

By Stephanie Jimenez

Though my life can feel like a constant string of running late, looming deadlines, and late nights, these thing are not my identity or purpose. Rather, my purpose and identity rest in the source of peace and beauty. And when I forget, he takes the time to graciously remind me that he is God, he is all-powerful, and he is in control.

By Kate Yates and Samantha Moats

The first thing persecuted Christians all ask for is prayer. Not an end to their suffering. Not a rescue operation. Not punishment for their persecutors. Not democracy. Not financial support. Prayer.

By A. George

If Jesus is able to forgive those who beat, tortured, and nailed him to the cross, then why is it so hard for us to forgive someone else for the smallest and stupidest of reasons?

By Sarah Yockey

Jesus spends a lot of time at dinner tables. He stops to spend time with Mary and Martha, invites himself over to stay with a despised tax collector named Zacchaeus, and he even goes to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee. Along the way, he has a series of facinating conversations that matter.

By Carolyn Carney

From what goes on behind the scenes to what is offered to participants, in every minute of every day at Urbana, somewhere, someone is praying! We start months and months before Urbana and by October 2015, we are daily fasting and praying for the conference and for you!

By Noemi Vega

Latinos have an important place in God’s great plan of shalom! God wants—and even needs—to use you and your story in his global mission. Here are some of the gifts Latinos bring to God’s mission.

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