After being in Romania for 20 years we lost touch a little with InterVarsity/USA, but this past furlough has renewed our appreciation for the work and ministry of InterVarsity/USA.
When we first arrived in the country we were a part of InterVarsity LINK’s training program helping to see LINK staff prepared to serve in overseas positions. At that time we also heard from the leaders of InterVarsity and were impressed with the vision “To see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed.” As we traveled around we were able to visit several college campuses and see how staff and students are engaging their friends and colleagues with the truths found in God’s word.
This past Christmas break we were also able to be a part of the 24th Urbana missions conference which has challenged nearly 300,000 participants over the years with their responsibility and privilege in global missions.
At Urbana 15, students and graduates got firsthand information about the world seeing both the beauty and the brokenness that exists, grappled with hard issues that are facing the church today, and connected more deeply with God through daily Bible studies in Matthew and in prayer.
Personally, we were rejuvenated by being with 16,000 young people who were seeking their place and role in the future of missions. We connected with old friends from Nigeria and were able to hear about their work in difficult places in Africa. Their joy and strength is contagious.
We made new friends by stopping and talking to other missionaries that face the same struggles as we do leaving children in this country while returning to the field. Thankful that through Skype these new relationships can grow and develop.
We heard well known (David Platt, Francis Chann) speakers and unknown saints that were imprisoned for their faith all challenging us to live our lives in a way that tells the story of Jesus.
We bought great books-of the day, studied God’s word with hundreds of others, worshipped in different languages and ate dinner with 4,000 others BUT the highlight for both of us was talking personally with students that want to follow Jesus in this country and to the ends of the earth.
We both love connecting one on one or in small groups with people and hearing their stories and sharing ours.
We’ve included 2 short summary videos for you to get a taste of what happened in St Louis at Urbana15.
You can see all the Urbana15 talks by Clicking here .