It is day two of #Urbana18 and there have been several fine moments currently, but singing in a large space with around 9,999 other men and women? That has to be a single of the ideal components of this student missions conference.
I don’t forget that feeling from Urbana ’93, the 1st and final time I was at this tri-annual gathering that brings students and leaders collectively from across North America and about the planet. Back then, the music was a revelation. I had by no means ahead of been immersed in modern Christian praise music like that, created particularly wonderful with a international flavour, and all that richness even though surrounded by so several other people, singing the extremely exact same song. That feeling has not changed.
The music is as wonderful as the spirit of repentance that has defined the teaching from the key podium so far. This is a humble Urbana, conscious of the blunders earnest Christians have created in the planet. Conscious of the sin of caring for the require in other nations, and ignoring the troubles in our personal, but not apologetic for wanting to share God’s enjoy. “The mission is God’s, not ours,” mentioned Urbana director Ruth Hubbard. “God is a missionary God and he compels us to join him,” she mentioned, ahead of saying we ought to all repent for “the ungodly methods we have served God.” And then the music began up once again.