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Donate Books. Feed Kids.

Posted by Nathan Cole in Cross-Cultural Missions and feedONE
In February 2019 I attended The World Missions Summit in Santiago, Chile where, nestled in the mountains outside of cell phone reception, I was able to spend significant time with some of our campus missionaries from Sam Houston State Chi Alpha. Despite eight hours of college Spanish and growing up in Texas, I still don’t speak Spanish. Thankfully I do understand about 80%…of the colors and numbers!   One of the veterans, Jason G., and I ended up sharing vision over a dilapidated…

Go, Give, Pray, and Welcome

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, Expeditions, feedONE, Student, and XAi
We reconcile students to Christ, equipping them through Spirit-Filled communities of prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and mission to transform the university, the marketplace, and the world. This clarion call has served as the marching orders for Chi Alpha since 1993. Taking our mission statement seriously, we had to ask how we could aid this transformation by reconciling students to Christ. The nearly 22,000 Chi Alpha students represents a potential formidable global missionary force. To change this missionary force from potential…

Full Bellies

Posted by Will Klier in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
On July 16 of this year, I became the father of a teenager and it hit me: in the campus lifespan of a “super senior,” my daughter will be a freshman in college! I remember so distinctly just holding her in my arms for the first time. I can recall even speaking to her while she developed in my wife’s womb. As it’s commonly said, the days are long and the years are fast! My daughter is an amazing young…

Heart Transformation

Posted by Alyssa Stroh in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
Last year was my first year on campus at the University of Iowa and I had barely given any thought or time to feedONE, Convoy of Hope’s children’s feeding program and Chi Alpha’s compassion arm. With hardly any notice at all, we launched our feedONE month in April that began with a simple dinner for all the students and watched The Waiting List documentary. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room of 20 students. Without even asking to receive…

Saying Yes

Posted by Carl Nalbandian in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
One of my favorite sayings is, “Every time you say yes to something, you say no to something else.” That’s the way I used to look at feedONE. I knew feedONE was the children’s feeding program championed by Convoy of Hope, and I loved the vision and the mission. But I was so focused on our campus I thought getting would mean saying no to something else. I’ve since learned this isn’t always the case. This year, we made a…

Forever Changed

Posted by Elizabeth Kahrs in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
Chi Alpha taught me that giving is not only tithing and giving back monetarily to the Kingdom, but it also means truly giving your time and being a blessing to others. What really impacted my giving in both these ways was a life-changing mission trip to Haiti with feedOne the summer after my freshman year. feedONE provides food and education to more than 200,000 children daily and also gives them an opportunity to know Jesus. The kiddos in Haiti stole…

Chickens in a Kitchen

Posted by Taylor Albertini in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
Can I be totally, brutally honest with you for a moment? I grew up in church and then spent most of my college years in Chi Alpha. Between those two things, I attended what seemed like one thousand retreats, camps, breakaways, whatever you want to call them. At each one, there was usually some sort of window for a compassion cause: a video of a hungry child, pictures of young people my age living in abject poverty, and the list…

The "Why" Will Always Determine How Well the "What" is Done

Posted by Tom Trask in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
A couple years ago, my parents decided to take my whole family on a vacation together to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. While family dynamics always make for an “interesting” time for anyone, life became even more complicated when my father asked each of the kids to lead a morning devotional for the family. It shouldn’t be a big deal for someone who has been a missionary for a while, but it’s amazing how inadequate you can feel when your…

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