Testimony: COVID-19 at Yale Chi Alpha

Posted by Sarah Malcolm in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
When the arrival of COVID-19 resulted in students moving home and courses going online, opportunities for face-to-face ministry ceased to exist. How do you measure the life change you’ve become accustomed to seeing in person when everyone has become a square in a box on a screen? Yale Chi Alpha made the same commitment as our brothers and sisters across the nation—to love students regardless of limiting parameters. That resulted in a Tuesday Night Live (TNL) online worship service core…

Hearts Stirred for New York

Posted by Matthew Sprenger in News
The cell phone video was grainy and too brightly lit. A solitary face filled the screen as then-District Chi Alpha Representative David Hertweck stated simply and clearly looking directly at the lens, “There are over a million college students in New York, and we don’t have a single Chi Alpha missionary.” The room, full of Northeast staff, grew quiet afterward, but an obvious stirring of hearts began that day in the summer of 2016 at Northeast Incite, our annual staff…

Testimony: All In

Posted by Shadoria Anderson in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Diversity
All In, a support raising coaching program for ethnic minority missionaries, changed my outlook on support raising and made me believe I could be fully funded. Before All In, I was only at 35 percent of my monthly budget. I started raising support May 14 and by July 3, I was fully funded. We had weekly group coaching calls, which were a safe space for me to be myself and air some of my fears because it was a community…

Why Diversity Matters

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Diversity
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I write this with tears and heartache as I see the division that characterizes our country continue to grow not only throughout the nation, but in the Church as well. As the diversity director for Chi Alpha, the driving force behind what I do is to make our Father proud and our Lord famous. As a parent, I hate when my children fight. It is echoed throughout Scripture that our Father in heaven also longs…

Diversity: A Chi Alpha Core Value

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Diversity
America has been in extreme tension points since last year. Much of the anxiety that has vexed our nation has been centered on racial issues and the battling of a stronghold humans have struggled with for millenniums: racism. As soon as I used the word racism, it elicited a reaction from many of us. This is a word we don’t like to hear or use. I didn’t like using it in this editorial, but I must. I still see and…

Plant and Send

Posted by Matthew Sprenger in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
It was hard to believe that the future of Chi Alpha in the state of Maryland would be determined in a Mexican restaurant in Fairmont, West Virginia with mariachi music blaring in the background. In fact, it was already decided in the hearts of David and Jessalyn Warder, who were serving as staff at Fairmont State University (FSU) Chi Alpha, after having been students and CMITs there. David and Jessalyn Warder “We got to a point, independently in prayer and…

I Have Been a Christian Narcissist

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Student
In the Bible, sometimes the same message is communicated with different words. “if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) Before there is healing for a nation there must be humility in a person. “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build…

Testimony: Following God to the Nations

Posted by Austin Mangham in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Student
My name is Austin Mangham and I am an AGWM missionary to the Netherlands. After a year and a half of running from missions, I yielded to the call of missions at the start of my last semester at Sam Houston State University. It was during my last year at Sam Houston that I became a small group leader and saw God work through me to reach and disciple others. It caused something in my heart to shift. Because of…

The Chance to Lead the Way

Posted by Paul York in Student
The start of this new school year has been hard for students. They don’t know what to expect. It was hard on groups that work with students too—including Chi Alpha. Local and national Chi Alpha missionaries and staff wondered what would happen if they couldn’t meet on campus or had to meet in very small groups. Many churches felt desperate this summer as they watched their main regular contribution to ministry—a Sunday service gathering in a building—taken away for weeks…

King of the Nations

Posted by Paul York in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Student
In the original language, the main verb of the Great Commission is not “Go.” The word “go” is a supporting verb–something you do to help get the main job done. Instead, the main verb is the command “Make Disciples of All Nations.” Jesus told us to make a personal discipleship bridge to unsaved people from other cultures, and he expects us to actually do it! The people in our generation who live without any Christian contact don’t need a handout…

Resilience

Posted by Taylor Albertini in Healthy Leaders and Student
I’m done. The frustration and anger in my heart were almost palpable as I threw my phone the few inches from my hand to my table, thrust my body weight into the back of my chair, and rolled my eyes so hard I could have seen my brain. I. Am. So. Done. It was nearing the end of a long day, in a long week, in what has been a long 2020, when I received a text that something I’d…

Small Choice, Huge Impact

Posted by Angela Jarvis in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
I’m the kind of person who loves random facts. Whether it’s researching every actor in a show I’m watching or having the amazing ability to tell the life story of most 90’s rappers, I love random facts. Recently, I was wondering just how many decisions the average person makes in a day. To my astonishment, the average person makes over 35,000 seemingly conscious decisions over the course of twenty-four hours. Now, some of these may seem tiny but could have…

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