In the summer of 1886, 100 American college students dedicated themselves to finish the task of world evangelization. Four representatives were chosen to visit campuses across North America and call others to this weighty task. Three of them backed out, leaving only a Princeton student named Robert Wilder. Joined by a fellow Princeton student, Wilder traveled from college to college and challenged students to forsake the status quo of the American dream and throw themselves into fulfilling God's purposes for their generation. During that first year, 162 campuses were visited and over 2,000 students pledged to volunteer.
In 30 short years, the seed of those first volunteers exploded into a missions movement called the Student Volunteer Movement, where tens of thousands of the best and brightest of that generation flung themselves into the hardest and darkest places of the earth for the sake of the gospel. 100 years later, we are asking, "Can it happen again?"