Following the fourth World Missions Summit in Houston, Texas, Cross-Cultural Missions Director Crystal Martin and I were overcome with gratitude and vision as we thanked God for the 2,000+ students that had committed to give a year and pray about a lifetime. At the same time, we also pondered what it might look like to invite students into a lifestyle of missions that went beyond a summer trip or a one-year commitment. The overflow of these initial conversations has led…
By Bob Sickels
I had the privilege of serving on a mission team to the Caribbean last spring break. One morning before we headed to the elderly home where we were ministering, a member of our team, Brook, told Luana, another team member, and I about a prophetic word she received the night before that we would minister to a quiet man.
Pictured from left to right is Bob, Jeffrey, Brook and Luana. Bob, Brook and Luana are students at…
By Bob Sickels
Pictured from left to right is Bob, Jeffrey, Brook and
Luana. Bob, Brook and Luana are students at the
University of North Dakota who served on a spring break mission trip to the Caribbean last year.
I had the privilege of serving on a mission team to the Caribbean last spring break. One morning before we headed to the elderly home where we were ministering, a member of our team, Brook, told Luana, another team member, and…
In February 2019 I attended The World Missions Summit in Santiago, Chile where, nestled in the mountains outside of cell phone reception, I was able to spend significant time with some of our campus missionaries from Sam Houston State Chi Alpha. Despite eight hours of college Spanish and growing up in Texas, I still don’t speak Spanish. Thankfully I do understand about 80%…of the colors and numbers!
One of the veterans, Jason G., and I ended up sharing vision over a dilapidated…
I agree with our national
director, E. Scott Martin. We are in the nascent stage of a great student
awakening. A great student awakening sounds like fruitfulness and
multiplication. Some important questions are “Why do we want it?” and “Why
would God send it?” Is a great student awakening coming “so that we can make a
name for ourselves” or is it so that we can mobilize disciple making students
to the ends of the earth? Is our ministry vision…
Being a part of Chi Alpha allows me to be culturally
enriched as I get to see many different attributes of God’s characteristics
displayed through His people. It has given me the amazing opportunity to catch
a glimpse of what Heaven will look like as I am able to meet students from
different cultures and backgrounds. One of these students is Paola, who
has and is still impacting my life.
Being an international student from Ecuador, Paola was not taught good…
When we become Christians, God welcomes us into His Kingdom and, through Scripture, invites us to duplicate that same welcome to people from all nations.
In the Old Testament, God commanded Israel to reveal to all nations who He was by welcoming the foreigner in their midst. The New Testament brings into sharp focus the reason we welcome: we have been brought from a place of enmity with God into His family—a welcome provided by God through Jesus Christ.
The Son of God required constant prayerfulness and intensive times of focused prayer. To be human, according to Jesus’ example, is to be a creature who needs to be involved in regular, heartfelt prayer times with God, which helps us to enjoy, value, and glorify Him.
Not only that, but prayer is for our own good as well: we should bring our lives constantly back into sync with the values and mission of God’s Kingdom through communication with Him. Even…
As Christians, we all know we should give in every area of our lives: our time, talents, and treasure. It’s not a question of whether or not to give—what matters is the reason why we give.
In 1 Chronicles 29, David understood giving makes an eternal impact, “We are here for only a moment… gone so soon without a trace.” David embraced the fact that we are temporary and what lasts are those things that become part of God’s omniscience.…
Have you ever considered how
closely the Great Commission in Matthew 28 parallels the Genesis Assignment in
Genesis 1? “Go and make disciples” sounds a lot like “Be fruitful and multiply.”
“Of all nations” sounds a lot like “fill the earth,” and “teaching them to obey
everything I’ve commanded” sounds a lot like “and subdue it (the earth.)” Throughout
Scripture, we see God’s desire for His people to multiply and spread so the
“earth will be filled with the knowledge…