Students Leave 2015 Urbana Missions Conference Challenged, Inspired, Equipped

(Urbana Student Missions Conference / Facebook)
(Urbana Student Missions Conference / Facebook)

Figuring out what you want to do with your life can be a difficult choice. But, for the last five days, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship‘s Urbana 15 has been helping 16,000 students from all across America figure out their next step.

Today is the last day of the student mission conference, but it doesn’t mean the lessons learned will be left behind.

The event, which takes place every three years, assembles mission organizations and speakers to inspire and give advice on options for serving Christ and fulfilling the Great Commission.

This year saw over 250 exhibitors and 180 speakers offer much-needed answers anywhere from picking a college to attend, to picking an occupation.

(Urbana Student Missions Conference / Facebook)
(Urbana Student Missions Conference / Facebook)

“When I first got there, it was pretty overwhelming. There were a lot of people there. I was only expecting a few thousand people and it turned out to be 16,000 people, which was great because it was an experience to be able to worship and learn along 16,000 other people,”says Will Lipscombe, a high school senior who attended the event after hearing about it from friends who’d been to it in the past. He says the entire experience was incredible,nd there was something constantly going on.

In the past, Lipscombe served on the mission field for two summers in Costa Rica. He used Urbana as a way to find answers on where to go next.

“I do believe Urbana has been a good learning experience of whether I want to go into the mission field or not.” He explains that if he does end up going back into the mission field, it will be in Costa Rica because that’s where his heart is. “I’ve talked to a few of the exhibitors in the exhibitor hall, and I like some of the options of where I can go.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News
Lindsay Steele

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