We talk of the second coming when half of the world has not heard of the first.
–Oswald J. Smith
EVERY STUDENT GOES!
We want to see every student go on at least one cross-cultural trip during his or her 4-year collegiate career.
We want to see every Chi Alpha make a 5 year commitment to going to the same place/area/project. Meaning, don’t go to South America this year, Japan next year, and the Middle East the 3rd year, pick one place/area/project and commit there for 5 years (i.e. returning every summer)- this kind of longevity has proven most effective, strategic and fruitful!
We want to see students give a year and pray about a lifetime! Between college and entering into your career, give one year of your life to serve along side missionaries. And pray about serving for a lifetime! There are opportunities all over the world and in the United States. The opportunities range from traditional ministry to business, education, engineering, and everything in between. Check out our opportunities section.
Why We Go
Jesus said GO into all the world. Every believer has a role to play in God’s global mission. God is looking for a generation that will raise up their hands toward heaven and say “pick us!” Will we be that generation? Will we be the generation who will take the gospel to the ends of the earth? Will we be the generation that rises up with passion for the least reached? Will we be the generation to step out of our comfort zone and go? Isaiah said “Here am I Lord, send me!” Let’s not be the “I” generation who is all about me, let’s be the Isaiah generation that says send me! I will go!
The Great Commission is not an option but a mandate.
WELCOME, EXPEDITION TEAM LEADERS!
Team leaders, please submit this online team sheet and specific instructions will be emailed to you based on your trip details. Please submit all information at least six weeks before trip.
Please email any questions to Craig Woodham.
If you have international students going on missions trips, there are some steps they will need to take beforehand. Read more here.
For years the Mormons have been giving a year and we have been giving excuses
–E. Scott Martin
Our opportunities are listed on wideopenmissions.org. You can find opportunities by length of time, country, ministry type and more.
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Give a Year
We are challenged to give in our time, love, resources, and abilities. What about giving one year of your life to the great commission before entering into your career? The Mormons have been doing it for years. In 2009, they sent almost 57,000 of their young missionaries (age 19-21) all across the world to preach their “gospel.” When we have the authentic gospel, how could we not go? How could we not respond to a hurting world who desperately needs to hear about the love of Christ and His saving power?
There are countless opportunities across the world and in the United States where missionaries are asking for help and you could be an answer to their prayers. Some are pioneering chi alpha overseas, or doing other forms of traditional ministry like church planting. Others are running coffee shops or other local businesses as a platform to live in countries where you cannot have “missionary” stamped in your passport. There are opportunities to teach, to act, to study, even to be a personal trainer or better yet, do exactly what you just studied how to do for the last 4 years. So check out our opportunities section and know that you could change the destiny of a nation by giving a year and praying about a lifetime.
When you are ready to begin the application process, please visit wideopenmissions.org. Decide if you are applying for MAPS (1-11 months) or Missionary Associate (1-2 Years) and then fill out the appropriate application. If you have questions, please feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com.
Strategic Study Abroad
Strategic Study Abroad is a new initiative we’re launching to help students become strategic about their university’s study abroad experience. We want to see students be intentional about their spiritual growth while abroad, and to be effective in reaching others for Jesus right where they are.
Here are the three core aspects of the program:
1. Get Connected!
We were never meant to live life alone…even abroad! When participating in Strategic Study Abroad Chi Alphans will be paired with a Christian leader in the community abroad and become friends with SSA participants all over the world.
Okay, we all know that growing spiritually needs consistent Bible reading and prayer. But continuing this without family, the campus community, and friends can be a challenge. SSA will teach students to be pro-active about their spiritual life, and will provide a safe place to dialogue about their cross-cultural experiences abroad.
3. Do Missions!
Can you just imagine?! …Doing ministry even while studying abroad. Here’s two ways this can happen:
- Work with Chi Alpha Expeditions to find a place with a need. Then, let’s look at your university’s study abroad opportunities in that community.
- Have a place to go to or a program already? Then we can work with students to get plugged in there.
Be a Part of History!
The first program cohort begins in the Fall 2016! So we are inviting fellow Chi Alphans who have the intention of studying abroad then to connect with us. Start by e-mailing Craig Woodham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVERY STUDENT GIVES!
We want to see every Chi Alpha giving to missionaries and mission projects beyond the
money that they raise for their trips. Consider supporting a missionary monthly or taking
on a special giving project every semester. Check out our giving ideas section and begin
implementing something today.
Why We Give
We give because Scripture teaches us to give. God has blessed us to be a blessing.
When we understand this, our thinking will shift from “How much do I have to give?”
to “How much do I get to give?” Our ability to give may vary depending on the season
we are in, but each person can do something. When we begin to see giving as a privilege
rather than an obligation then we will begin to see God take our resources, however
big or small they may seem, and use them to touch the nations. We get to be a part of
something bigger than ourselves by our giving.
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
EVERY STUDENT PRAYS!
We want every Chi Alpha to be praying for missionaries around the world and for the nations and people groups within the nations. Find creative ways to include prayer for missionaries and people groups into your services, small groups, etc. Check out our prayer ideas section, missionary of the month and nation of the month.
Praying for the nations is an awesome opportunity to partner with God. We can ask Him what he is up to in the world and ask him how we can fit in with that. We don’t have to give into a sense of purposelessness because we can be a part of what God is doing around the world, through prayer.
There are some things God will not do even if you ask (i.e. destroy the world by rain), then there are some things God will do even if you don’t ask (i.e. the sunrise), but in the middle there is a huge gap and God says I WILL DO THIS IF MY PEOPLE WILL PRAY!”
EVERY STUDENT WELCOMES!
We want to see every Chi Alpha group informed about the internationals on their campus, and
intentionally reaching out to them to show them the love of Christ, befriend them and
More than 75 percent of all international students in the U.S. never enter an American
home during their stay.
There are over 700,000 international students studying in the United States. Many of
them will never be invited into an American’s home, and will struggle with loneliness
and the difficulties and challenges that come from living in another country. We have
an amazing opportunity to welcome them and show them the love of Christ. Many
of them will go on to becoming future world leaders, and we have the opportunity to
influence the nations by discipling these future leaders. It’s exciting to think that God
has brought the nations to us. There are nations that we cannot go on expedition to,
but now God has given us the opportunity to welcome them!
So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.