BEHIND THE SCENES
Karen Stiller of Port Perry, Ont., and
Bill Fledderus of Hamilton, Ont., are senior
editors of Faith Today.
Goingto Urbana, theworld’s largest student missions conference held every three years in St. Louis,
Missouri, is a Stiller family tradition (the Fledderus family is still
working on it).
It’s a coming of age experience as
kids reach age 17 or Grade 12
(whichever comes first). They
climb into the family van between
Christmas and New Year’s and
make the snowy drive States-side to
an investment in their lives as
Urbana is awesome and surprisingly Canadian. Although it’s in the
States, it was founded and remains
cohosted by Inter-Varsity Christian
Fellowship (IVCF) Canada. Since
1946 it has challenged nearly
300,000 participants with the
privilege of global mission.
So we’re paying it a lot of attention in this issue, including a Q & A
with Geri Rodman, president of
IVCF Canada, and a more in-depth
FT Interview with Steve Colby,
IVCF’s director of missions and a
keynote speaker at this year’s
What will Colby say to the 16,000
delegates? He told us, “It will be a
strong call to listen to Jesus and go
with Him into His mission, into
this partnership. To be learners
who are shaped by Him and His
mission, that we would continue in
partnership with the people and
places He is connecting us to.
“To see this global family exer-
cising every joint and ligament
together is awesome. That will be
You can also read some of our
country’s unique contributions to
Urbana 2015 in our “A Canadian’s
Guide to Urbana 15.” And if you
follow our Facebook and Twitter
feeds, watch for live reports from
Jeanie Qiu of Calgary, who won our
Send a Student to Urbana contest
( www.faithtoday.ca/jeanie). She
will be the eyes and ears into this
life-changing event for all of us!
There are even more reasons to
get excited about the faith development of our youth. In this issue
you’ll find new research on youth
rallies and youth groups in our feature “Youth on the Mountaintop”
and on our By the Numbers page.
And in our upcoming Jan/Feb
issue – wow! After two years of
publishing digital-only versions of
the youth magazine Love in Action,
we’ll start giving free printed copies
with Faith Today. Check out past
issues at www.faithtoday.ca/LIA.
Whatever stage of life you are in
– even if our features on helping
the poor, how to be an advocate,
refugees or James Bond are more
your thing – we’re sure you’ll remember being young and join us in
celebrating and praying for the
youth of today. /FT
The Urbana issue
The world’s largest student missions conference is coming up
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Volume 33 • Number 6
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Bill Fledderus, Karen Stiller
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