Missions Stories

By Fred Chen

I was regularly challenged to consider what role I might play in God’s global plan. However, the roles that I heard about seemed limited to those of a pastor, or a missionary, or something in alleviating poverty. Those are all clearly important roles, but for some reason those roles just never appealed to me and I felt guilty about it.

By Jasmin Rouse

I felt God saying that the work was his before I got there and it will be his long after I’ve left. God’s kingdom coming to Mokkattam wasn’t contingent upon my presence there. Heartbroken, I committed the work back to him. In faith, I committed the work back to him. I am not the savior. Nor am I the solution. God alone is. And I can trust him.

By Drew Larson

In 2009 Claudia’s InterVarsity staff member encouraged her to attend Urbana. "Urbana was a switch for me," Claudia said. "It made me realize that not only do I want to missionary work in the inner city in my home, but eventually I want to work overseas."

By Brenden Graczak

Three years ago, Anthea had a dream where God called her into missions. This past fall, she came to the United States from Germany to study and got involved with InterVarsity at the University of Utah. From there, she came to Urbana 15 and as a result, she has gone from being interested in missions to pursuing practical next steps.

By Gordon Govier

Isaac may someday return to an overseas mission field. But his Global Program experience has given him a new appreciation for international student ministry.

By Sharon Messmore

Hikari Saiga was an ordinary student at Waseda University in Japan. And she liked it that way. But recently, while an exchange student at the University of Washington in Seattle, God worked through her reluctant efforts and made himself known.

By Brian Hart

How will my family react if I go overseas as a missionary? How do I even tell them? Will I be alone or find a spouse? Is this really my calling or might I have other motives? Patrick Fung (Urbana 15 Bible expositor) and Jennie, his wife, also asked these questions as they gave their lives to God and pursued his mission as medical doctors.

By Steve Tamayo

I almost didn’t become a vocational missionary. That wouldn’t have been a big deal. God uses entrepreneurs and professors to do awesome things for his kingdom. And I would have worked in one of those professions if I didn’t join InterVarsity/USA staff. It would have been okay … except for my reason why.

By Lisa Rieck

Iven Hauptman’s story is one of finding God in unexpected places—like Reed College in Oregon, ranked by the Princeton Review as the college at which students are most likely to ignore God. Though Iven attended church with his mom growing up, he had no intention of seeking Jesus at Reed.

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