Your Will be Done

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Student
By Yale Chi Alpha Student Katherine Matsukawa I pray that I will decrease and that you will increase. Use me, Lord.Your will be done.  Growing up, whenever I heard someone pray these words, I’d typically think, good for them…but I could never pray those things sincerely. Why would I want to “decrease”? When wouldn’t I ever want things to go my way? Why would I want to be used for a purpose not my own?  Looking back, I realize that my…

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…

Plant and Send

Posted by Matthew Sprenger in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
It was hard to believe that the future of Chi Alpha in the state of Maryland would be determined in a Mexican restaurant in Fairmont, West Virginia with mariachi music blaring in the background. In fact, it was already decided in the hearts of David and Jessalyn Warder, who were serving as staff at Fairmont State University (FSU) Chi Alpha, after having been students and CMITs there. David and Jessalyn Warder “We got to a point, independently in prayer and…

I Have Been a Christian Narcissist

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Student
In the Bible, sometimes the same message is communicated with different words. “if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) Before there is healing for a nation there must be humility in a person. “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build…

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…

The Chance to Lead the Way

Posted by Paul York in Student
The start of this new school year has been hard for students. They don’t know what to expect. It was hard on groups that work with students too—including Chi Alpha. Local and national Chi Alpha missionaries and staff wondered what would happen if they couldn’t meet on campus or had to meet in very small groups. Many churches felt desperate this summer as they watched their main regular contribution to ministry—a Sunday service gathering in a building—taken away for weeks…

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…

Resilience

Posted by Taylor Albertini in Healthy Leaders and Student
I’m done. The frustration and anger in my heart were almost palpable as I threw my phone the few inches from my hand to my table, thrust my body weight into the back of my chair, and rolled my eyes so hard I could have seen my brain. I. Am. So. Done. It was nearing the end of a long day, in a long week, in what has been a long 2020, when I received a text that something I’d…

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…

Discipleship: Life on Life

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
A couple years ago I was with a friend looking over the pier in the Port of Hong Kong as the sun set. He queried, “Scott, in one sentence, what does Chi Alpha do?” That was an easy answer for me, “We disciple university students to fulfill their mission in God’s global plan.” This is how Chi Alpha fulfills its mission of reconciling students to Christ, transforming the university, the marketplace, and the world: through discipleship. The season of life…

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