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Escape from Poverty

Jessica Fick
April 14, 2015

“I don’t think I’d ever thought about a poor person.”

As a senior from the University of Illinois at Urbana 96, Marie Koch sat in the auditorium spellbound by the short video on the screen about the poor. “It was haunting,” she said. “I was crying and overwhelmed. I felt powerless—this is happening and I didn’t even care.”

Majoring in finance, Marie was prepared to help companies grow their businesses. But at Urbana she realized that she had never considered the plight of the poor.

Ironically, just three years earlier Marie was frustrated that students—Christian students—would be taking over her dorm room during Christmas break to attend Urbana, hosted at that time by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “They stayed in my dorm and then left us Jesus literature that I read in a mocking voice to girls on my hall,” she recalled.

Listening, Learning, and Growing at Rutgers

April 6, 2015

Glorianne Wright was sitting in the back row of the auditorium on the last night of Chapter Camp when she felt her heart beating uncontrollably. Students and staff had spent a week in Bible study, planning programs and working on ideas for the coming school year. Prayers had been prayed to commission people and projects. The camp director was getting ready to close the meeting. All of a sudden Glorianne stood up and yelled, “Wait!”

She had just served the first of her two years as president of the InterVarsity chapter at Drew University. All week long at camp she had been talking with newly appointed staff members and had gained a new appreciation of their role.

Glorianne ran to the stage, grabbed the microphone, and asked for more time to pray.

Urbana 15 Registration is Open

March 4, 2015

(Madison, WI) – In a world grappling with ISIS’ aggression in the Middle East, Ebola in Africa, and border conflict in Ukraine, God is not silent. For Christians asking how they can share the good news of Jesus throughout this broken world, and seeking answers to difficult questions, the Urbana Student Missions Conference offers answers and a space to discern their calling.

Urbana presents a big-picture snapshot of God’s work among the nations. “My prayer is that Urbana 15 will result in millions around the world hearing and responding to the gospel,” says Urbana director Tom Lin. “The vision of Urbana is a mobilization vision—and it has been since 1946—to inspire and challenge this generation to give their whole lives for God’s global mission.”

A Partnership to Plant A Chapter

Gordon Govier
November 11, 2014

Although InterVarsity has 949 chapters on 616 U.S. college and university campuses, there are approximately 4,600 degree-granting institutions in the United States. Many of those other schools still have no Christian witness on campus.  That’s why, for the past nine years, InterVarsity has been intentionally planting more than 100 new chapters and developing momentum to reach even more campus communities with the gospel.

Planting new chapters is hard work and takes a lot of creativity. This year, our chapter plant at Saginaw Valley University, near Saginaw, Michigan, has gone very well with a creative new approach. Regional Director Fred Bailey credits the quick growth to chapter planter Mike Petersen’s partnership with Kareem, a local pastor and InterVarsity alumnus.

Bible Study Transforms Students’ Lives

October 29, 2014

 

Bible Reading FrequencyIn a campus ministry that started with the World War II generation and continued on through Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and now Millennials, InterVarsity has always prioritized Bible study because Bible study changes lives. New evidence for Bible engagement and transformation has emerged from the survey “Millennials & the Bible,” conducted by the Barna Group on behalf of InterVarsity and the American Bible Society, as well as from an additional survey of InterVarsity students by researchers Terry Linhart and Jen Bradbury.

The Culture of Chapter Planting

Gordon Govier
October 3, 2014

What would happen if the creativity, vision, energy and passion of this generation was unleashed to reach the University?  

In 2012, InterVarsity held the first Ambition conference to inspire both staff and students by hearing from some of the world's leading thinkers on planting ministries, such as Alan Hirsch, a leader in the missional church community.  "It was a powerful catalyst for our movement" said Shawn Young, who serves as National Director of Chapter Planting.  "I'm still hearing from staff and students who tell me Ambition is where they were inspired to plant a new chapter, reach a new network on campus, join InterVarsity staff or some other ministry." 

Ambition Conference 2015 will be held in Tampa, Florida, January 15-18, 2015. InterVarsity staff, students, and faculty will gather to learn new perspectives and new innovations in chapter planting. 

Dr. Patrick Fung - Urbana 15 Expositor

September 24, 2014

Dr. Patrick Fung will be the Bible expositor at InterVarsity’s Urbana 15 Student Missions Conference, which will be held in St. Louis, December 27-31, 2015. He is the Director of OMF International (formerly China Inland Mission).

“Dr. Fung’s deep commitment to Scripture, love for students, and nearly 25 years of experience in the mission field make him a great expositor for Urbana 15. We’re thrilled to have him join us, and look forward to how God will use him to challenge conference participants.”

-Tom Lin, Urbana Director

As both a Bible scholar and medical doctor, Dr. Fung has a deep passion to see God’s Word taught throughout the world.

Living on the Edges with Isaiah

September 18, 2014

This summer, I camped in the book of Isaiah. It was eerie how the prophet matched my life in terms of polarities: joy and sorrow, triumph and tragedy, hope and despair. One passage in particular, Isaiah 43:1-7, captured my many twists and turns.

Fear Not

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”

It is easy to fall into fear when hard times occur: when a man randomly walks into my former university and shoots three students; when past InterVarsity president Steve Hayner is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; when the chancellor of the California State System (CSU) rejects our final appeal and derecognizes our 23 chapters.

But the Lord tells us not to fear. Why? Because we are His children. Why? Because He has redeemed us. Why? Because He is sovereign.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Lisa Rieck
August 20, 2014

 

We can never predict how God will work in a person’s life. Sometimes the student who seems farthest from faith, or the most antagonistic, or the hardest to connect with, ends up being the one God uses to transform a campus in remarkable ways.

Last year, 120,000 students and faculty were reached by InterVarsity’s ministry, which is rooted in 40,000 core students and faculty on over 600 campuses. And we saw a record total of 3,517 first-time commitments to Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Those numbers make us excited because they represent people—students and faculty who are precious in God’s sight. People who were lost but are now found. People who were living in great darkness and hopelessness who are now living in the light and truth of Jesus Christ.

Creating Space for Latino Fellowship

Amy Hauptman
June 6, 2014

Only 10 of the 600+ Latino students at Brown University were involved in any Christian fellowship on campus.

Why was this?

InterVarsity student and junior Monica Perez wrestled with this question during the Katrina Relief Urban Plunge. She met students from 10 other campuses with thriving Latino ministries in their InterVarsity chapters. After hearing these students’ stories, Monica sensed God was inviting her to reach out to Latino students at Brown University.

“God showed me that Latino students didn’t have a space on campus where they felt they could be understood or learn more about Jesus,” said Monica. “And I knew that this shouldn’t be.”

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