InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Urbana Student Missions
Conference is expanding its outreach this year by going on tour to
campuses across the nation.
For decades, InterVarsity has relied on its Student Missions
Conference to inform, recruit and send thousands of missionaries
around the world. While that aspect has not changed, Tom Lin,
director of Urbana and InterVarsity's vice president
for missions, explains that his group will be touring campuses
across the country this year.
"Most of our publicity has
gone through local churches only, as well as other media, such as
radio," Lin details. "But what we wanted to do is go to the actual
campuses this time, talk about Urbana, and actually talk about
missions, engage students in missions -- just like we would at the
Since 1946, hundreds of thousands of students have been
recruited to missions through the conferences.
"As we talk to mission agencies, large ones that I think the
audience would recognize, we often hear anywhere from 50 percent to
80 percent of their personnel have come from an Urbana student
missions conference," the ministry director details.
Urbana encourages students to accept the command to "go and make
disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19).