Diversity Whys #1- Humanity is Sacred

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.'” -Genesis 1:26-27 “From one man he made all the nations…” -Acts 17:26 “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” -Revelation 7:9…

Oh God, What Can We Do?

Posted by Shirdora Thompson in Diversity
What do Yolanda Adams (Gospel Artist), Michael Strahan (NFL), Barbara Jordan (U.S. congressional representative), Mickey Leland (Activist and Congressman), and Belvin Perry (former Chief Judge) all have in common? These, amongst many other notable artist, physicians, judges, politician, U.S. and state representatives, activists, lawyers, and NFL players and coaches, all graduated from Texas Southern University. TSU is a university birthed from a small private junior college that has become one of the most comprehensive and largest historically black universities in…

Three Ways to Increase Your Group’s Diversity: You Get What You Pray For

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Are you dreaming of the multitude of every nation, tribe, people, and language and longing to see God’s kingdom reflected in your local Chi Alpha group? Over the next three weeks we will expound on three simple and proven ministry truths to begin and to make progress in a Holy Spirit transformation in your community. Our first ministry truth is this: you get what you pray for. You Get What You Pray For Jesus said, “Without me you can do…

MMF Spotlight: Joe Sedillo

Posted by Marc Madrigal in Diversity
As a new freshman walking across the Sam Houston State University campus, someone invited Joe Sedillo to play Capture the Flag. During the game, he was invited to Chi Alpha where he soon became involved with his first group of Christian brothers. It wasn’t until he attended a Discover the Nations conference that Joe began to feel a deep burden to disciple students from the nations and a call toward campus ministry. By receiving help from the Minority Mobilization Fund…

MMF Spotlight: Bethany Baldwin

Posted by Marc Madrigal in Diversity
After the worst summer of her life, Bethany Baldwin decided her sophomore year at Northern Arizona University to find a place where God could heal her broken heart and found an old Chi Alpha flyer she was given. Hungry for God and for community, she knew just from the piece of paper that Chi Alpha was the place to be. The first service Bethany attended changed her life. She quickly got connected with a small group and began reading the…

MMF Spotlight: Joshua Byrd

Posted by Marc Madrigal in Diversity
As a freshman at Loyola University in New Orleans, Joshua Byrd spotted a flyer advertising a worship gathering at the front of the school. Hoping to make friends, he attended and soon became part of Chi Alpha. Although as a student he felt God calling him to campus ministry and a burden to see students shaped by the love of God, he wasn’t sure what a career in campus missions would actually look like. When it came time for graduation,…

MMF Spotlight: Tien Dang

Posted by Marc Madrigal in Diversity
As a commuter student at the University of Houston, Tien didn’t have many friends when she started college. But through some people she knew from high school, she heard about Chi Alpha. Her life was dramatically changed as, for the first time, the love of Jesus was demonstrated to her. Through those relationships, she soon found Jesus and gave her life to Him. During her time in college, Tien had the great privilege of discipling young women and seeing many…

The Key to Unity

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” The commander of…

Intersection of Suspicion

Posted by Rigoberto Herrera in Diversity
“Are you for me or against me?”—this was my thought as I waited at traffic intersection and looked at the driver in the vehicle adjacent to me. Why did this question creep into my mind on a seemingly calm Sunday afternoon? The simple answer is: distrust is sneaky. The man driving the vehicle I was looking at was an older, Caucasian male. I am a younger, Hispanic male with brown skin and what I like to think of as a…

You Are Welcome Here

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
What does it mean to welcome someone? When we talk about creating a multi-ethnic Christian community we often talk about being a welcoming place, about welcoming everyone. But how does welcoming really work? Stores often have welcome signs on their doors. It means they are open, ready for business, and want you to come in. Is that what we mean as well when we tell someone they are welcome to come to our service or discipleship small group? Are we…

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