Prospective missionaries are challenged to meet global needs

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 28, 2015 at 4:50 p.m.



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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of young Christians attending this week's Urbana 15 mission conference in St. Louis are being challenged to minister to a world in need.

At hundreds of exhibits and seminars, they're learning that today's missionaries not only preach the gospel, but also fight injustices like human trafficking and provide material help to refugees and disaster victims.

Urbana 15 Director Tom Lin told the 16,000 registered participants that much of the world's population has never heard the Christian message. He said that in a time of "unprecedented persecution" the need to share the gospel with Muslims "has never been greater."

Lin asked the young attendees, "Will you stand in solidarity with those who are crying out in the world for your help?"

The Urbana mission conference is conducted once every three years by the campus ministry InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

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215-a-08-(Tom Lin, director of Urbana 15, addressing conference assembly)-"World War II"-Tom Lin, director of Urbana 15, says missionaries are needed to meet material as well as spiritual needs. (28 Dec 2015)

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213-a-10-(Tom Lin, director of Urbana 15, addressing conference assembly)-"the gospel story"-Tom Lin, director of Urbana 15, says young Christians should consider becoming missionaries. (28 Dec 2015)

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216-a-06-(Tom Lin, director of Urbana 15, addressing conference assembly)-"for your help"-Tom Lin, director of Urbana 15, says he has a question for young Christians considering mission careers. (28 Dec 2015)

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214-a-15-(Tom Lin, director of Urbana 15, addressing conference assembly)-"faith than ever"-Tom Lin, director of Urbana 15, says the world desperately needs Christian missionaries. Updated: 12/28/2015-06:34:16 PM ET (28 Dec 2015)

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199-a-05-(Tom Lin, vice president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and director of Urbana 2015, at news conference)-"the global church"-Tom Lin, vice president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and director of Urbana 2015, says this week's mission conference comes amid increased persecution of Christians, especially in the Muslim world. (27 Dec 2015)

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197-a-05-(Tom Lin, vice president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and director of Urbana 2015, at news conference)-"God's global mission"-Tom Lin, vice president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and director of Urbana 2015, says the mission conference can inspire young Christians. ((cut used in wrap)) (27 Dec 2015)

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198-a-09-(Tom Lin, vice president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and director of Urbana 2015, at news conference)-"for their faith"-Tom Lin, vice president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and director of Urbana 2015, says the 16,000 registered participants will worship and pray together at evening sessions. ((cut used in wrap)) (27 Dec 2015)

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196-w-32-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Tom Lin, vice president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and director of Urbana 2015)--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. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (27 Dec 2015)

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