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…

Your Will be Done

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Student
By Yale Chi Alpha Student Katherine Matsukawa I pray that I will decrease and that you will increase. Use me, Lord.Your will be done.  Growing up, whenever I heard someone pray these words, I’d typically think, good for them…but I could never pray those things sincerely. Why would I want to “decrease”? When wouldn’t I ever want things to go my way? Why would I want to be used for a purpose not my own?  Looking back, I realize that my…

Alumni Spotlight: Semaj Braddock

Posted by Lindsey Lohr in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Diversity
Semaj is on the right. Semaj Braddock graduated from Virginia Union University (VUU) with majors in social science and history and is now a sixth-grade history teacher. Semaj shares his experiences with Richmond Chi Alpha, and how his time at an HBCU equipped him to minister to his students in a tumultuous time. How did you first get involved with Chi Alpha? Richmond Chi Alpha (RXA) participated in an organization fair I went to as a student. Jasmine Yanez and…

Stepping into the Journey

Posted by Rigoberto Herrera in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Diversity
“Integrative.” That’s how Jen Moss from University of Virginia Chi Alpha describes her experience taking the Journey to Unity and Diversity course. During fall 2020, seventy-one Chi Alpha staff and interns went through the four-week online course created by XA Diversity. It incorporates both video and written lessons paired with cohort discussions and other assignments. “This course broadened my understanding of what can be different between people,” Moss continues. “I cannot assume what I know of someone’s experience and must…

Ryan and Jenny Elliff's Story

Posted by Melanie Lynch in Cross-Cultural Missions and Student
Ryan and Jenny Elliff met at Sam Houston State University Chi Alpha as students and were both a part of the ministry. It was during Ryan’s involvement in Chi Alpha that he was introduced to missions and saw what it really was. He realized “it doesn’t take this super holy, well-educated, someone that went to school to be a missionary.” He says, “I was meeting people that were normal people that felt a call strongly enough on their lives to…

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…

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