Saying Yes

Posted by Carl Nalbandian in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
One of my favorite sayings is, “Every time you say yes to something, you say no to something else.” That’s the way I used to look at feedONE. I knew feedONE was the children’s feeding program championed by Convoy of Hope, and I loved the vision and the mission. But I was so focused on our campus I thought getting would mean saying no to something else. I’ve since learned this isn’t always the case. This year, we made a…

Student Testimony: Taylor Cruz

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Chi Alpha Connection, Student, and Training
In 2015, I graduated university and worked with the New Mexico StateUniversity Chi Alpha group for two years before enrolling in theCampus Missionary-in-Training (CMIT) internship. As a result, I havethe unique perspective of doing campus missions with and withouthaving completed a CMIT internship. I grew more in one year of theCMIT internship than the previous two years combined. That is not tosay I neglected reading or seeking Jesus’ face, but the internship wasstructured in such a way to stretch my…

Forever Changed

Posted by Elizabeth Kahrs in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
Chi Alpha taught me that giving is not only tithing and giving back monetarily to the Kingdom, but it also means truly giving your time and being a blessing to others. What really impacted my giving in both these ways was a life-changing mission trip to Haiti with feedOne the summer after my freshman year. feedONE provides food and education to more than 200,000 children daily and also gives them an opportunity to know Jesus. The kiddos in Haiti stole…

Building Missionaries that Last

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Chi Alpha Connection, Student, and Training
A long time ago, I was invited to participate in something crazy with somefellow missionaries: ride five century rides (100 miles on a bicycle) for five days in a row. The only thing worse than riding 100 miles is riding 500 miles! Naturally, I declined the invitation. The person inviting me then insisted I ride at least one day. I could experience the ride, become familiar with the course, and the following year I could ride five century rides in…

Chickens in a Kitchen

Posted by Taylor Albertini in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
Can I be totally, brutally honest with you for a moment? I grew up in church and then spent most of my college years in Chi Alpha. Between those two things, I attended what seemed like one thousand retreats, camps, breakaways, whatever you want to call them. At each one, there was usually some sort of window for a compassion cause: a video of a hungry child, pictures of young people my age living in abject poverty, and the list…

Setting the Captives Free

Posted by Paul York in Student
When I was a small boy, my Dad became a missionary. As a five-year-old, I saw my Dad ran up to the house, legs flying faster than I had ever seen. “Joy!” he called to my Mom, his voice charged with excitement, “we’ve got our visa!” He wasn’t celebrating a new credit card. We had been stuck for months waiting for the nation of Nigeria to decide whether they would issue our family entry visas to come live in their…

Increase of Laborers in the Southeast

Posted by Mario Solari in Chi Alpha Connection
As the Southeast Area Director, it has been humbling and exciting to see the explosion of new missionaries and campus ministries throughout the Southeast over the past five years. The Southeast Area Chi Alpha District Directors have stepped up to the plate and lead their respective districts in developing healthy Chi Alpha ministries. Before the culture subtly changed over time for these groups, the task seemed daunting and maybe a bit out of reach. However, with the fervor and faith…

Testimony: Testifying to the Truth of Religious Discrimination

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection
After over forty years of contribution to California State University-Stanislaus, Chi Alpha was derecognized as a student organization in September 2014. The derecognition was ordered and Chi Alpha was kicked off the campus when they refused to accept a policy that denied the local group the right to choose its leaders based on whether they believed in our mission and were Christian. This issue quickly became national news and Chi Alpha under the guidance of Becket Law stepped into the…

The Sound of Change

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection
A strategic part of leadership is knowing things need to change and the ability to navigate it. Often it is said that the most important characteristic to making change is having the courage to make the shifts. But I would suggest listening is just as important because it gives you a guide as to what needs to change and when. I have served in the capacity of senior director of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A. for just over five years.…

Why Change is Happening

Posted by Harvey Herman in Chi Alpha Connection
My calling to university ministry began during the late Cretaceous period when velociraptors still roamed the grasslands of the great Midwest. That being said, I am often asked from my perspective that developed over eons of time what has changed the most since the early days of Chi Alpha. Simply put, the biggest change that has occurred is the pace of change. This past January, the national leaders of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A. realized we were quickly coming up…

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