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…

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…

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…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Crystal Villalobos-Lewis

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Crystal Villalobos-Lewis was part of the first Chi Alpha group at Loyola University in New Orleans, which was pioneered by Matt and Jen DeGier. After graduating in 2005, Crystal worked the next 11 years in Human Resources for a local hospital in Baton Rouge. Along the way, she met her husband Aaron, who is a Chi Alpha alum from Kansas State University. They married in 2011, and they now have two beautiful daughters, Katelyn and Kayleigh. Recently, Crystal stepped away…

Hope Over Harvey

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
The shuddering of the house made slumber an impossibility, and the howling wind outside made for a symphony of danger that had the opposite effect of a lullaby. I couldn’t sleep very well through Hurricane Harvey.  Thank God that we made it through the storm relatively unscathed, and I’m thankful Jesus rose from the grave triumphant. I recall the instructions of Paul the Apostle in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this…

The Road Ahead

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
I’m a biker. I don’t have any tattoos, piercings, or wild tales of territorial tussles, but I do have a motorcycle. There are few things as liberating as feeling the wind in your face as you rumble down the road on two wheels. One thing I’ve learned in my years of riding is how to handle a curve in the road ahead. You slow down to an appropriate speed, take an inside-out line, and look as far ahead in the…

Covering

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
I’m a tinkerer. I love working with my hands, using tools, and uncovering the glory of things long discarded. One weekend my father’s pliers, hammers, vice grips and such littered my workstation and I enjoyed soaking up the sun while measuring and cutting, fitting and grinding, eyeballing and guessing. The family weekend seemed to be going great until my dad exclaimed, “Boy, you’re BURNT!” Sure enough, my seldom-sunned shoulders bore the brunt of the sun that day, and I earned…

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