One way that the Urbana community demonstrates its commitment to God’s global mission is by contributing to an offering to support various missions initiatives around the world. For years, Urbana participants have given generously. At Urbana 15, over $1,000,000 was given!
Based on this Urbana’s focus on the global Church, the offering will go to projects that support indigenous Christian leaders and missionaries, persecuted churches, refugee and diaspora communities, evangelism efforts, and the alleviation of human trafficking.
One hundred percent of the Urbana 18 offering goes to the work of the organizations and projects listed below.
Organizations Receiving From the Urbana 18 Offering
ARAB BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY (ABTS), Lebanon
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary | Providing theological training scholarships for Arab leaders, including Christians with a Muslim background, studying online or on campus. Graduates minister to refugees and lead the persecuted church in the Middle East and North Africa, including Sudan.
BETHLEHEM BIBLE COLLEGE, Palestine
Bethlehem Bible College | Purchasing land to expand facilities to include a library, more classrooms, and an International Peace Study Center.
ELAM MINISTRIES, Iran and Persian-speaking diaspora
Elam Ministries | Printing and distributing Persian New Testaments. Five thousand will be handed out in Iran, and 5,000 will be given to refugees and members of the Persian-speaking diaspora in several other countries.
FRIENDS OF FORMAN CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, Pakistan
Friends of Forman Christian College | Complete renovation of housing quarters for employees of the college. As Christians in Pakistan, they have been persecuted and marginalized. This renovation provides them with community, safety, and opportunity.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR REFUGEES (IAFR), Kenya
International Association for Refugees | Constructing a building for Kakuma Interdenominational School of Mission in the Kakuma camp, home to 180,000 refugees from East Africa. The camp’s refugee church runs the school and uses it to train members of its congregation as leaders.
INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF EVANGELICAL STUDENTS (IFES), Worldwide (Benin, Brazil, Germany, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa)
International Fellowship of Evangelical Students | Strengthening student movements around the world through indigenous leadership development programs and student missions conferences.
INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION (IJM), Dominican Republic
International Justice Mission | Ending sex trafficking in the Dominican Republic. The national office focuses on improving aftercare, working with local officials, and networking with churches.
LEADS, Sri Lanka
LEADS | Strengthening the capacity of rural churches for holistic missions to reach their communities through disaster risk reduction.
ONEWAY AFRICA, Ghana
Oneway Africa | Providing literature, evangelism, and missionary training to spread the gospel among the unreached rural tribal peoples of northern Ghana.
SHE IS SAFE, Lebanon and Syria
She Is Safe | Providing six-month vocational training course that mentors and disciples Syrian refugee girls at risk of human trafficking.
WORLD RELIEF, South Sudan
World Relief | Partnering with local churches to provide early childhood and primary education for 10,000 children in the Bentiu camp, which has 110,000 refugees and displaced people.
YAYASAN INTERNATIONAL CAHAYA FAJAR (YICF), Indonesia
Yayasian International Cahaya Fajar | Empowering refugees in Jakarta from around the world awaiting asylum. Their center provides a safe space, nutrition, and education for youth and children with no other resources.