Go, Give, Pray, and Welcome

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, Expeditions, feedONE, Student, and XAi
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…

God's Dreams

Posted by Paul York in Student
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 nightmares. 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…

Staying Christian in Ministry

Posted by Stefanie Chappell in Healthy Leaders
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…

Full Bellies

Posted by William Klier in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
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…

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…

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…

Increase of Laborers in the Southeast

Posted by Mario Solari in Chi Alpha Connection
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…

Testimony: Testifying to the Truth of Religious Discrimination

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection
After over forty years of contribution to California State University-Stanislaus, Chi Alpha was derecognized as a student organization in September 2014. The derecognition was ordered and Chi Alpha was kicked off the campus when they refused to accept a policy that denied the local group the right to choose its leaders based on whether they believed in our mission and were Christian. This issue quickly became national news and Chi Alpha under the guidance of Becket Law stepped into the…

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