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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of young Christians who are considering becoming missionaries are meeting in St. Louis this week at a mission conference that's hosted every three years by the campus ministry InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

The director of Urbana 2015, InterVarsity Vice President Tom Lin, says its 16,000 registered participants hail from 88 countries.

They'll have access to more than 250 mission agency and seminary exhibitors and 200 seminars on topics ranging from persecution in the Muslim world to the use of social media for evangelism.

Lin says the evening sessions will feature speakers, group worship and prayer for the global church.

Urbana 2015 started Sunday and runs through New Year's Eve.

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