I have found that one of the hardest things about being in
ministry (for me now for well over two decades) can be maintaining fervent
faith. Yes, I just said that.
The ministry is a wonderful calling—an adventure in walking
with Christ that’s a little off the beaten path compared to many vocations. In
being called to full time ministry, I have been invited to walk a path similar
to the path Jesus walked—dependent on God through His people for…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
When I was a small boy, my Dad became a
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…
As the Southeast Area Director, it has been humbling and exciting to see the explosion of new missionaries and campus ministries throughout the Southeast over the past five years. The Southeast Area Chi Alpha District Directors have stepped up to the plate and lead their respective districts in developing healthy Chi Alpha ministries.
Before the culture subtly changed over time for these groups, the task seemed daunting and maybe a bit out of reach. However, with the fervor and faith…