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…

Student Testimony: Taylor Cruz

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Chi Alpha Connection, Student, and Training
In 2015, I graduated university and worked with the New Mexico StateUniversity Chi Alpha group for two years before enrolling in theCampus Missionary-in-Training (CMIT) internship. As a result, I havethe unique perspective of doing campus missions with and withouthaving completed a CMIT internship. I grew more in one year of theCMIT internship than the previous two years combined. That is not tosay I neglected reading or seeking Jesus’ face, but the internship wasstructured in such a way to stretch my…

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…

Building Missionaries that Last

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Chi Alpha Connection, Student, and Training
A long time ago, I was invited to participate in something crazy with somefellow missionaries: ride five century rides (100 miles on a bicycle) for five days in a row. The only thing worse than riding 100 miles is riding 500 miles! Naturally, I declined the invitation. The person inviting me then insisted I ride at least one day. I could experience the ride, become familiar with the course, and the following year I could ride five century rides in…

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…

Setting the Captives Free

Posted by Paul York in Student
When I was a small boy, my Dad became a missionary. As a five-year-old, I saw my Dad ran up to the house, legs flying faster than I had ever seen. “Joy!” he called to my Mom, his voice charged with excitement, “we’ve got our visa!” He wasn’t celebrating a new credit card. We had been stuck for months waiting for the nation of Nigeria to decide whether they would issue our family entry visas to come live in their…

The Wisest Investment

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Student
There are generally two types of disciple-makers: those who are excited and those who are exhausted. Those who are excited are filled with energy because one of their disciples is training to make disciples, reading good books about Jesus, or continually making time to be with community. These leaders are excited because they are seeing the reward of their investment. This is in large contrast to the exhausted disciple-maker. The exhausted disciple-maker’s small group has no interest in discovering Jesus. His or…

God Uses All Kinds of Chi Alpha Staff

Posted by Bill Walsh in Student
When I finished up my first SICM back in 2002, I knew then and there Chi Alpha was destined to be a part of my life in serving Jesus and mobilizing the Good News.  So many of us Chi Alpha staff can trace our college ministry origins back to such a moment. At one point or another, we saw the white heads of grain amid the university and responded. We saw the huge, flaming mountaintop beacon beckoning us to love…

The Right Motive

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Student
Preacher Charles Spurgeon has an old sermon anecdote that goes like this:  There was a king who ruled over everything in a land. One day there was a gardener who grew an enormous carrot.  He took it to his king and said, “My lord, this is the greatest carrot I’ve ever grown or ever will grow; therefore, I want to present it to you as a token of my love and respect for you.”  The king was touched and discerned the man’s…

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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