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.

"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."

By Tom Lin

We do Urbana because there is a need for Urbana. As we look around the world, there is urgency in challenging this generation to engage globally, to grasp biblical foundations of mission, and to discern vocational calling in the midst of the world’s needs.

By Mark Labberton

The God made known in Scripture and incarnate in Jesus Christ desires flourishing people in a flourishing world. This is God’s intent and commitment and God created humans to flourish by collaborating with him in that endeavor.

By MaryKate Morse

1. The ability to discern God's will comes from being transformed. As Paul says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

By Adam Jeske

When Tom entered Harvard University in 1991, his plans for a lucrative career in corporate law were as stable and secure as his parents had always dreamed. Not surprisingly, he excelled. Then, slowly, Tom started to realize what he wanted.

By Adam Jeske

Evangelism is much more important than working for justice. Souls are eternal. There’s no hope for change without Christ. This world is going to burn. Justice work trumps evangelism. Hungry people can’t hear the gospel. Christ fought against oppression. Evangelism is a form of cultural neocolonialism. What if it’s both? 

By Jessica Fick

“I don’t think I’d ever thought about a poor person.” As a senior from the University of Illinois at Urbana 96, Marie Koch sat in the auditorium spellbound by the short video on the screen about the poor. “It was haunting,” she said. 

By Lindsay Olesberg and Lucy Meade

Urbana studies the Bible inductively, in community, by making space, relying on God's power, again and again. As you prepare for Urbana 15, be transformed with us by studying Matthew’s Gospel.

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