Growing a Student Movement: Part One

Posted by Dennis Gaylor in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
Dennis had a front row seat researching and recording the initial steps that launched Chi Alpha in 1953. Hewas privileged to observe the development into a major student movement on campuses in the U.S. and globally into the twenty-first century. Calvin Holsinger and Chi Alpha students at Southwest Missouri State College. The 1950s Chi Alpha began when a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Calvin Holsinger, was invited to teach history at a local college in Springfield, Missouri. He taught…

Chi Alpha Chronicles

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
In May 2016, the Lord spoke prophetically through multiple credible sources that we were about to witnessthe greatest student awakening in history. The World Missions Summit 4 held later that year waspreparation for the awakening. Thousands gathered at the conference and 1,876 signed up to give a yearand pray about a lifetime. In my weekly director’s blog, I profile what God is doing in Chi Alpha and in mytravels around the nation visiting campuses and districts. I witness firsthand the…

Living Missions Virtually

Posted by Melanie Lynch in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, Expeditions, and Student
Chicago Chi Alpha students from Northwestern University, Loyola University, and Columbia College went on a mission trip to Eurasia but never once stepped foot overseas. Rather than boarding a plane with passport in hand, the team participated in a three-day virtual trip through the Virtual We Live Missions Experience, whichwas put in place last year after COVID-19 shut down travel. The experience is designed with three components—abiding, experiences, and missionary engagement—so Chi Alpha team leaders and Assemblies of God World…

Staying Healthy in an Unhealthy Situation

Posted by Josh Spurlock in Chi Alpha Connection, Healthy Leaders, and Student
The pandemic has altered the way we have lived in the past year and forced us to come face-to-face with a reality that many thought would quickly blow over. Daily routines were traded for new ones or simply having a lack of routine became typical. In the midst of this, it’s important to continue to care for your overall health and well-being. Being in a crisis like this one brings on grief; things that were possible may no longer be…

Testimony: Encountering God on Zoom

Posted by Melanie Lynch in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
The pandemic may have slowed down the pace of life when things shut down last year, but it hasn’t slowed down the work of the Holy Spirit. In January 2020, a University of California, Santa Cruz student named August, reached out to her friend, Naar, hoping to share with her about Jesus, but it wasn’t until May that Naar came to her first online small group with August. During one of these online small groups several months later, Naar was…

Healthy Chi Alpha During COVID-19

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection
National Chi Alpha has four critical areas that develop healthy Chi Alpha groups. These quadrants serve us in discipling university students to fulfill their purpose in God’s global plan, which are healthy leaders, disciple-making groups, Holy Spirit empowerment, and cross-cultural missions. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they serve as a beacon to remind us in challenging times that our Kingdom priorities must not change. We desire the leadership of Chi Alpha at all levels to be healthy in body, soul, and…

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 The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Diversity
by Lindsey Lohr 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.…

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…

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