Urbana, if you’re not familiar with it, is a huge (20,000+) student mission conference that takes place every three years during the week between Christmas and New Years. It used to be held in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (hence the name), but has now been moved to St. Louis.
I had the privilege of attending and exhibiting for GFM in both 2003 and 2006. If you are around college age and have never been to Urbana, I highly encourage you to make plans to attend this year. Any college student interested in missions should go at least once. I know of nothing else quite like it for bringing together hundreds of missions organizations, leading mission thinkers and practicioners, and thousands of young people excited about missions.
The talks are provoking. The workshops and networking are insightful. The multicultural worship is unforgettable. The entire experience is exhilarating!
To get a sense of what it’s like, check out the Urbana archives. Facebook brethren (and sistren) can check out the Urbana09 Facebook group. Past Urbana attendees may also appreciate the following groups:
If you’re a past MTS student or GFM summer intern, look for upcoming news about the GFM reunion at Urbana!
If you’ve been there before, chime in in the comments on how you liked Urbana.