“Urbana gathers thousands of young people in one place – but it’s not just the number that is significant – it’s the openness of the young people who attend,” says Inter-Varsity Canada president Geri Rodman. “They have come to hear from God. They are listening.”
Urbana, which began in Toronto in 1946, has been instrumental in sending tens of thousands of young people into the mission field, both here in North America and around the world. Many missionaries trace their call to serve God with their whole lives back to an Urbana conference.
“Urbana expands world view for students because they hear from Christian leaders from all over the world,” says Rodman. “They meet mission representatives from all over the world. Students may come to Urbana with a narrow view of what they will do with their lives. They leave with a much bigger and broader view because of the people they’ve heard from and talked to at Urbana.”
As students continue to contemplate whether to attend Urbana or not, Inter-Varsity Canada is raising scholarship funds to help them cover the cost. Students must pay travel and hotel costs as well as the conference registration fee. In total, this can amount to between $700 and $1,000 per student.
You can contribute to Inter-Varsity’s Urbana 12 scholarship campaign here.