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…

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…

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…

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…

XAi Leadership Intensive Training

Posted by Cynthia Dobbs in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, Training, and XAi
The inaugural XAi Leadership Intensive Training (XAi LIT) launched successfully June 1, 2020. When COVID-19-related social distancing made the historic All Nations international student conference impossible, an online training that would inspire, empower, and train internationals was designed. This training ran over the course of six weeks with students attending online classes and weekly Bible studies where they gained experience in leading a Bible study. Each student was assigned a coach to help them navigate through the unique challenges faced…

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