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Follow. Then Go. Last Thoughts From Urbana 2015

Faith Today ran a contest to send a student to Urbana 2015. Jeanie Qiu, a University of Alberta student, was chosen to attend North America’s largest student missions conference. She shared her learnings and thoughts during the conference, and now wraps things up for us. Thanks Jeanie!

by Jeanie Qiu

I can’t begin to describe the experience Urbana was for me.

Jeanie Qiu and her friends found Urbana to be all that and more!
Jeanie Qiu and her friends found Urbana to be all that and more!

Looking back, it’s amazing how much God taught me in those five days. To start, I have to be honest that during the few weeks before I left for Urbana, I didn’t fully feel prepared- in fact, I felt like something was holding me back from opening my heart to listen and experience Him.

So I prayed, knowing that God was greater than what was holding me back, and He answered.

On the first night at the hotel, God addressed the problem I was facing through a conversation with my roommates that came up unexpectedly. I know that was His way of telling me that it was time to let go and give up my control of that aspect of my life to Him. Through this, He prepared me for the next few days of sessions, worship, and seminars.
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In a World of Danger, are Short Term Missions Worth the Risk?

By Steve Colby

In an increasingly dangerous world, are short term missions worth the risk?

Danger and confusion were rampant for the early disciples. The Apostle Peter took refuge in Joppa away from the madding crowd in Jerusalem, only to have the Holy Spirit invade his prayers with a strange vision of an unholy banquet of snakes, reptiles and other unappetizing fare.

Steve Colby will be at Urbana this year. Have you seen Faith Today's coverage of this huge student missions conference?
Steve Colby will be at Urbana this year. Have you seen Faith Today’s coverage of this huge student missions conference? Find links below, at the end of this post.

St. Peter’s decision to go on a short term mission to Cornelius’ house was a response to the Holy Spirit’s invitation. He was compelled to “go without hesitation,” and go he did, even though he didn’t understand exactly why.

Sound like a short term mission to you? Compelled to go, but you don’t know exactly why, nor do you feel prepared, and you feel a queasiness about what you will find there, what the people eat, will there be any danger?

Certainly Peter’s visit made a big difference to Cornelius and his household. Cornelius and his family finally understood who Jesus was, received His life and were transformed.
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