Over the months and years, through books, conversations, and these discipleship opportunities through his church, Sam’s approach to faith and work evolved. As his questions got better, so did his answers.
The problem with those of us who have the social privilege, the finances and the mobility to travel is that we like to impose blessings upon others. We too often rush to give people we don’t really know what we think they need from our insular, ethnocentric perspective.
Urbana 03 really challenged me to consider how I might serve not only my local church, but the global church as well. Although the experience itself was incredible, I was not really sure what God had planned for me.
If we are going to be people who put ourselves in service of Christ and His mission in the world, then we must be willing to face the reality of what Ferguson represents to our Black brothers and sisters.
What you’re studying now is relevant to the poverty pandemic. Because urban poverty is so complex, nearly every field of study is important to alleviating this scourge. We must come at poverty from every side.
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.
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 you can experience so much more of the Word when joined with a diverse community of God’s people.
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.