Hi everyone! I am going to Urbana 2018, which is a conference held in St Louis, MO where college students from around the world gather together to learn more about God, their calling, and global missions. I am eager to make the most out of this experience, as several of my friends have gone to this conference in the past and it has changed their lives! I want to be a faithful disciple of God, and this conference that only occurs once every three years will help give me tools to do so and open my eyes to opportunities I may never have imagined. In order to go I need to raise money to cover the cost of the conference itself, travel to and from St Louis, as well as travel within St Louis, meals, and a hotel room. Any donation at all will help and is greatly appreciated, since many small donations can quickly add up! I am a very frugal person, so I will continue scouring the internet for deals as I continue to plan for this trip. The conference itself is from December 27th-31st, or technically midnight on New Year's eve/day. The sooner I raise the money the better, because then I can get cheaper travel arrangements (whether plane tickets, bus tickets, or a rental car). That being said, I would like to have all the money raised by December 5th the latest, so that I will still have 3 weeks to plan before leaving. If you or anyone you know would be interested in donating to help me on this journey to discover more about Christ, please message me for more information and share this link with your friends! Again, any donations are appreciated. Thank you, and God bless you. Here is the link to the official Urbana site as well for more information: https://urbana.org/+ Read More
Hey everyone! Using our savings, my friend Isabella and I took a leap of faith and booked a hotel reservation and plane tickets for Urbana! Since we did that now we were able to get cheaper prices than if we had waited. We are super excited as going on this trip starts becoming a reality. Donations of any size are still greatly appreciated and needed though because we still need to pay off the balance for the conference itself, pay for meals, and get transportation from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. I am very excited to be going on this trip to see what God has in store for me, but as a college student it is financially difficult for me to go. If you know anyone who may even contribute $5, pass this on. Prayer is greatly appreciated as well! God bless.
Hi all! I thought that I should share a little more about why I want to go to Urbana and why this conference is really important for me. I think this trip is a great opportunity, as there will be many missionaries, Pastors, and students from all walks of life there. Every person has different experiences of how God has worked in their life, and I think that is very interesting and that we can learn from everyone. At this conference I hope to solidify/learn more about my personal calling. How does God want to use me in the long run? What plans does he have for me that I am unaware of? I am also extremely interested in learning more about people's experiences in the global missions field. It would be great to discover opportunities to help support that field as well, whether that be supporting missionaries from home, going on short term missions trips, or maybe even considering a long-term mission. I additionally think Urbana will be a place of great encouragement and refreshment for me, just by listening to the speakers' and other attendees' testimonies. I want to be inspired and transformed by this conference so that I will be able to create an even bigger change when I return to campus. I want to harness skills and tips that enable me to share God's love with people more authentically and effectively. Overall, I am hoping that this experience will help me grow in my faith, trust, and reliance on God. I believe that God still speaks, and through this conference he is trying to convey an important message.