4/25/2019│Nathan Peterson, Urbana Missions
For Claire, everything about Urbana 15 was unexpected and life-changing.
Between bad weather the night she was supposed to drive in to St. Louis and frustration over missing out on a ski trip that was happening at the same time, she almost didn’t come to Urbana at all. “Now I cannot imagine having missed it. That’s terrifying to me,” she said.
April 25, 2019│By Nathan Peterson, Urbana Missions
Warmly greeting students, helping them visualize concepts with creative illustrations, and even volunteering to showcase his basketball skills—it’s clear that history teacher Greg Ahlquist cares about the students in the Webster Central School District in Webster, New York.
April 23, 2019│By Nathan Peterson, Urbana Missions
Fake it till you make it. Put your head down and don’t meet God. Those thoughts ran through Tom’s mind over and over on the way to Urbana 15.
April 11, 2019│By Nathan Peterson, Urbana Missions
“Become a bridge between foreign missionaries and Japanese people.”
Yumi wrote that on the back of her Urbana commitment card. More than just a goal, it felt like her God-given calling, a dream that she’d discerned during the conference.
March 11, 2019│By Nathan Peterson, Urbana Missions
Amy climbed out of the plane into Liberia’s summer heat. For most of her life, she’d never even known this West African country existed. And now in 2007, she was going to be living there for months.
One of the people standing outside the airport looked familiar. The last and only other time they’d met was in the crowded exhibit hall of Urbana 06, when neither of them could have imagined their next meeting taking place here, halfway around the world.
March 5, 2019│Nathan Peterson, Urbana Missions
Since leaving Korea to come to the U.S. when she was eight, Eunice Yo sometimes felt like her life was split. “Especially in America with racism and prejudice, a lot of Asian Americans don’t want to be Asian. We’re American,” she said.