Following the fourth World Missions Summit in Houston, Texas, Cross-Cultural Missions Director Crystal Martin and I were overcome with gratitude and vision as we thanked God for the 2,000+ students that had committed to give a year and pray about a lifetime. At the same time, we also pondered what it might look like to invite students into a lifestyle of missions that went beyond a summer trip or a one-year commitment. The overflow of these initial conversations has led…
By Bob Sickels
I had the privilege of serving on a mission team to the Caribbean last spring break. One morning before we headed to the elderly home where we were ministering, a member of our team, Brook, told Luana, another team member, and I about a prophetic word she received the night before that we would minister to a quiet man.
Pictured from left to right is Bob, Jeffrey, Brook and Luana. Bob, Brook and Luana are students at…
By Bob Sickels
Pictured from left to right is Bob, Jeffrey, Brook and
Luana. Bob, Brook and Luana are students at the
University of North Dakota who served on a spring break mission trip to the Caribbean last year.
I had the privilege of serving on a mission team to the Caribbean last spring break. One morning before we headed to the elderly home where we were ministering, a member of our team, Brook, told Luana, another team member, and…
Being a part of Chi Alpha allows me to be culturally
enriched as I get to see many different attributes of God’s characteristics
displayed through His people. It has given me the amazing opportunity to catch
a glimpse of what Heaven will look like as I am able to meet students from
different cultures and backgrounds. One of these students is Paola, who
has and is still impacting my life.
Being an international student from Ecuador, Paola was not taught good…
The Son of God required constant prayerfulness and intensive times of focused prayer. To be human, according to Jesus’ example, is to be a creature who needs to be involved in regular, heartfelt prayer times with God, which helps us to enjoy, value, and glorify Him.
Not only that, but prayer is for our own good as well: we should bring our lives constantly back into sync with the values and mission of God’s Kingdom through communication with Him. Even…
As Christians, we all know we should give in every area of our lives: our time, talents, and treasure. It’s not a question of whether or not to give—what matters is the reason why we give.
In 1 Chronicles 29, David understood giving makes an eternal impact, “We are here for only a moment… gone so soon without a trace.” David embraced the fact that we are temporary and what lasts are those things that become part of God’s omniscience.…
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…
Does God ever Dream?
God is a Spirit, so he doesn’t have
nightly REM dreams with his eyes shut. He doesn’t wake up wondering what His
dream was about. He doesn’t dream that He is flying. He doesn’t have
But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t dream!
Go to his Word and read with your heart wide open. Catch the rhythms, the
recurring pattern that plays throughout the big story of the whole Bible. Calm
your mind and read the…
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…
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.
wasn’t a dry eye in the room of 20 students. Without even asking to receive…