Urbana 2003 Points Students Toward Missions

by Larry Malone

Urbana 2003, the latest version of the triennial conference which is famous for jump-starting mission careers, looks to have done it again. The conference, held Dec. 27-31 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana, was a time of seeking God's will for their lives for nearly 20,000 delegates.

Now the meetings are over, but this is only the beginning for many students as they launch out on their lifetime of service to God.

The main focus of this conference, is to acquaint students with what God is doing worldwide and challenge them to become involved in what God is doing-either where they live and study or overseas.

This year's theme for Urbana was "Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done," and conference speakers challenged students to live out their Christianity so that there will be no doubt they are Christians. Students were urged to make use of the time that we have in light of Christ's soon return.

Held every three years, this special convention has been impacting and changing lives for over sixty years. It brought together college students, missionaries, and church and campus leaders-all worshiping together and seeking God's will. It was a marvelous opportunity for attendees to learn of God's passionate love for the world through Bible study, prayer, seminars, exhibits, and challenging speakers. Urbana Conference is sponsored by InterVarsity Ministries.

AMG International was once again an exhibitor during Urbana. The theme of our display this year was "Are you puzzled about God's purpose for your Life?" This was followed up by several questions: "Where do you fit?" "Wondering how you can interlock with other believers?" and "What happens when life doesn't turn out like the picture on the box?" The display invited students to find their place of service to God in the ministries of AMG.

AMG was overjoyed by the number of responses from students stopping by our exhibit to ask about career, mid-term, and short-term opportunities for serving God. We spoke with students with majors in education, business, journalism, biochemistry, sociology, Bible, Spanish, electrical engineering, medicine, communication, law, and many other fields. These students showed a keen desire to use their gifts, abilities and training in service to God, and we were able to share opportunities that matched their unique desires and gifts.

Already ministering in a variety of ways in 53 countries around the world, AMG continues seeking to expand its ministries. If you or someone in your congregation is interested in career service, a mid-term opportunity lasting from three months to two years, or if you are interested in participating in a short-term trip, please contact AMG at 1-800-251-7206, or look us up on the Web at www.amginternational.org.


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