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Every Number Tells a Story: An Urbana Veteran Shares Her Story

by Lynda Macgibbon

Eighteen students from the University of Manitoba. Twenty-six from New Brunswick. Fourteen from each of the cities of Saskatoon and Edmonton. A record 70 students from British Columbia. And 297 from Toronto.

Her mother's love first sent her to Urbana. Now Lynda Macgibbon has been there seven times and works for IVCF Canada.
Her mother’s love first sent her to Urbana. Now Lynda Macgibbon has been there seven times and works for IVCF Canada.

All through December, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship campus ministers have been reporting on how many students are heading to the Urbana Missions Conference. With every update, I rejoice. Every number tells a story. Every number represents a life of a student about to be changed by God through Urbana.

I know this to be true, not just because I’ve attended a lot of Urbana conferences – seven, if memory serves me correctly.
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Announcing Faith Today’s “Send a Student to Urbana” Contest Winner

Urbana 2015 is North America’s largest student missions conference, hosted by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. And this year Faith Today is sending a Canadian student.

In June Faith Today ran a contest, asking students to tell us why they wanted to attend Urbana 2015. We offered to pay for the winning student’s registration fee, and that person would share social media posts from Urbana.

Our winner is Jeanie Qiu, who grew up in Calgary and now attends the University of Alberta. Back home in Calgary, she attends South Gate Alliance Church, and when she’s in Edmonton, she attends South Edmonton Alliance Church. We are so happy to be able to help make Urbana 2015 a reality for Jeanie.

Jeanie Qiu is the winner of Faith Today's "Send a Student to Urbana" Contest. Congratulations Jeanie!
Jeanie Qiu is the winner of Faith Today’s “Send a Student to Urbana” Contest. Congratulations Jeanie!

Here’s a question-and-answer with Jeanie, for Faith Today readers to learn a bit more about her:

Why do you want to attend Urbana?

Ever since I was really young, I knew that I wanted to be a nurse and that I wanted to work overseas one day. As I grew older, God affirmed my calling to be a nurse as well as my passion for global missions work. When I first heard about Urbana a few years ago, I was instantly interested in the idea of attending a global missions conference as I knew it would provide me with people and resources that would inspire and educate me in regards to how I could be involved in missions. Several months ago, I heard about the conference again after a few friends of mine from my new church in Edmonton told me they were going to attend Urbana 2015 and suggested I pray about going as well.

 What are you studying in school right now?

I’m currently heading into the second year of my bachelor of science in nursing degree at the University of Alberta.

The tag line for Urbana 2015 is “Find Your Life.” In what ways do you hope Urbana will help you discover God’s calling for your life?

When I was contemplating whether to apply for this contest or not, I remember praying that if God wanted me to go to Urbana and if His calling for my life is still to work in missions, that He provide me the means to go or simply reaffirm that calling. This contest has been a direct answer to those prayers, and I know that through Urbana God will work in my heart and continue speaking to me about where he wants me to serve in the future.

 Name one person in the missions field, past or present, who inspires you.

The pastor of the church I attend in Calgary, Pastor Perry, and his family were mission workers in Russia for several years. I’ve definitely been inspired by his sharing and testimonies, as well as his continued faithfulness in loving and serving God and others.

What do you hope to share with Faith Today readers about your Urbana experience?

I hope that I can share my experiences of Urbana including how God speaks to me, what I learn from others, and how this conference changes me and helps me grow. Hopefully my experiences will encourage Faith Today readers to learn more about the missions work that is being done around the world and perhaps by mission workers sent by their own churches, and to be encouraged by God’s work or even inspired to become involved in missions.

And finally, how did you hear of the Faith Today Urbana contest?

 I heard of the Faith Today Urbana contest through the pastor of the church I attend, who posted about it on our fellowship’s Facebook group.

At Faith Today, we are thrilled that Jeanie can now attend Urbana. We will be supporting her in prayer and eagerly awaiting her social media posts. Watch the Nov/Dec Faith Today for a primer to Urbana. You’ll be hearing more about Urbana 2015 in the months ahead.


Heading to Urbana

by Karen Stiller

In 1993 my husband Brent and I travelled to Urbana, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s student mission conference that happens in the snowy days between Christmas and New Year’s every three years.

Worshippers gather together at Urbana (www.urbana.org)
Worshippers gather together at Urbana (www.urbana.org)

Back then, it was still held at Urbana-Champaign. We went to represent Regent College, where I worked as admissions officer and my husband studied. We stood  in the huge hall where exhibitors provided information to eager students contemplating what God was calling them to in their young lives.

I remember the halls packed with worshippers. I remember the best worship music I had yet heard in my Christian life, and I remember being blown away by Ravi Zacharias, one of the many excellent speakers.
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