December Reflections

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
The end of the year is upon us, and I thought I’d share with you some musings I had a while back about the importance of our Savior’s Birth. We gather together in this Christmas season and look back on the faithfulness of God. I clearly see His hand at work through the growth of the National Chi Alpha Alumni Association, and I can’t wait to see the expansion we anticipate in 2018. I encourage you to think of friends…

Alumni in the World Spotlight: Andy Dong

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Seattle native Andy Dong graduated in 2015 from Rice University in Houston, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology. After graduation, Andy planned to attend medical school, but he recognized a passion and call for vocational ministry. He is now a pastoral intern at Houston’s The Bridge Montrose, and is working towards a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. When not studying or working, Andy spends his time cycling, playing guitar, and watching his hometown Seahawks. He…

Living Out of the Wrong Identity

Posted by Jeff Alexander in Healthy Leaders
As a high school tennis player, I remember the pressure and tightness I would feel on a second serve with the game on the line. The pressure and fear of a double fault could result in me tightening up and not being able to execute the well-practiced second serve. In sports, even the best athletes can tighten up with the game on the line. Instead of competing to win, the fear of losing can begin to dominate, e.g., an NBA…

Alumni in The Marketplace Spotlight: Aisha Loya

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
In 2013, Aisha Loya graduated from the University of Texas Pan American (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Although there were no Chi Alpha groups on campus during her time in college, Aisha became actively involved in the process to bring Chi Alpha and a Chi Alpha missionary team to her campus. Following graduation, she began teaching English III and IV at PSJA Southwest Early College High School in Pharr, Texas.…

Thankful

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
This month, tragedy struck a small community forty miles from my house. Through all of this turmoil, insecurity, and unrest, I have pressed in to discover a strange peace in God’s presence. I am still heartbroken, angry, and wondering how mankind could exhibit such depravity, but as I hide myself under the shadow of the Almighty I find His peace. I’m thankful for that. I had planned this month to share wonderful news with you about growth and graphics, facts…

Emotional Healing by the Hand of Jesus

Posted by Robert Anderson in Healthy Leaders
“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” This passage from Psalm 34 used to be a place of confusion, frustration, anger, and even doubt. Three little words in these two sentences would trigger great emotion every few months when I would read them during my personal study time as a new Christ follower. The words “good,” “joy,” and “refuge” were words that I didn’t understand, and I definitely didn’t…

The Harvest

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
If you know anything about small-town Texas autumn, we love our festivals. Young and old scurry around in preparation of carnivals, parades, and the celebration of some local crop or landmark. I remember growing up and perching on the side of the main street, eagerly anticipating the school bands, bikers, and beautiful horses prancing their way down the promenade. When I grew a bit older and got to ride a float with the local football team, I remember the spectacle…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Josh Meyers

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Josh Meyers graduated in 2011 from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration on Management Information Systems. Josh was actively involved in the Chi Alpha ministry at UMD. He currently lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area as an IT business partner for Honeywell’s thermostat product division. When he’s not at his job or working with the media team at his church, Josh finds time for his ongoing house-flipping projects at his home.   Josh…

Five Biblical Thoughts on the Confederate Flag

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Flags as symbols can evoke feelings of loyalty and passion, and the Confederate flag certainly does this. While there are those who defend it, many today see it as a symbol of hate, while still another group neither defend it nor calls for its annihilation. But what should the citizens of God’s Kingdom think about it? I offer five Biblical thoughts for members of Chi Alpha regarding the Confederate flag. I suggest we think through these five points and use…

Oregon State University Statement

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in News
Chi Alpha Campus Ministries is a ministry of the Assemblies of God, which is among the most ethnically diverse religious movements in the U.S. We abhor racism in any form and fully embrace the statement entitled “Campus Ministries Unite Against Racism, Anti-Semitism & White Supremacy” released by InterVarsity. Our sincere appreciation is extended to them for this response on behalf of Christian campus ministries. As our Assemblies of God leadership said in the hours following the horrific events in Charlottesville,…

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