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Urbana 09 to Highlight Pressing Missions Issues

Urbana 09, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s 22nd Student Missions Conference, will address some of the most pressing global issues presently faced by missions practitioners around the world. More than 20,000 people, from every state and many nations, are expected to attend Urbana 09, December 27–31, 2009, in St. Louis. Each day at Urbana 09 the program will focus on a different issue and the challenges it presents.

The four issues in focus are:

Urbana Student Mission ConferenceMovement of Peoples
Millions of people are being dramatically affected by immigration, migration, and human trafficking. In the midst of great human suffering, there are opportunities for people to come to know Christ, who was Himself a refugee and understands their sufferings. Urbana will provide an introduction to the different types of people movement around the world, both voluntary and involuntary, and will create the case for why it’s important for both missions practitioners and those who support them to understand this issue.

The Global South is taking on significant leadership in missions. As North Americans seek to thoughtfully participate in missions around the world, will we respond with our whole lives, in addition to our financial support?

Environmental Stewardship
As part of God’s global community, we seek to understand how the most vulnerable people on earth are affected by environmental degradation.

Divisions between Peoples
The story of the Samaritan woman in John’s gospel illustrates how one believer takes the Gospel message back to the very people who marginalized her in her village. Followers of Christ are challenged to follow her model by extending the grace and joy of Christ to people who are separated by race, ethnicity, politics, national borders, and ideologies.

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