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2003 PE Report


Americans find comfort in ‘nesting,’ but connecting is another matter (December 22, 2002)

Viewer discretion advised: Reality-based programs stoop to new low (December 15, 2002)

A/G among fastest growing faith groups (December 8, 2002)

Christians play crucial role in foster care (November 24, 2002)

A/G churches remember with outreaches (November 17, 2002)

Elderly face added woes from credit card debt (November 10, 2002)

PE Kidz News from BGMC (October 27, 2002)

Cyber-evangelists find innovative ways to share gospel (October 20, 2002)

Risks, stigma accompany wearing of tattoos (October 13, 2002)

Women lead on-campus ministries (September 29, 2002)

Tobacco, alcohol, gambling industries find underage Internet client base (September 22, 2002)

Marijuana, cocaine have abusive company: Ecstasy, meth and prescription painkillers (September 15, 2002)

September 11: A day that changed American Christians forever (September 8, 2002)

Congress, courts clash over Internet filtering issue (August 25, 2002)

People with disabilities bless churches (August 18, 2002)

Short-term youth binges can result in long-term habit (August 11, 2002)

Christians aim to preserve traditional marriage (July 28, 2002)

Payback time: Christian volunteers motivated to give back to community (July 21, 2002)

Urban training centers minister
to ever-growing population
(July 14, 2002)

E-mail rumors dupe multitudes, hurt credibility (June 30, 2002)

Not so innocent: PG-13 films increasingly push sex, language limits (June 23, 2002)

Skipping church: Why are some Americans staying home on Sunday? (June 16, 2002)

Fudge fellowship: Pastor's wife treats tavern clientele (June 9, 2002)

Persevering nomadic church finally reaches promised land (May 26, 2002)

Tragedy brings A/G church, community closer to God (May 19, 2002)

Couples find God's calling in adopting, raising children (May 12, 2002)

A/G chaplain ministers to women in maximum-security prison (April 28, 2002)

Youth center offers alternative to teens (April 21, 2002)

A week without television (April 14, 2002)

Technological know-how aids San Jose church outreach (March 31, 2002)

Cincinnati racial reconciliation brings inner peace to inner city (March 24, 2002)

District's fund-raising efforts aid pastors planting churches (March 17, 2002)

GED program an effective ministry (March 10, 2002)

Building relationshipis at heart of women's ministries outreach (February 24, 2002)

Single-minded devotion: Unmarried ranks offer ministry opportunities (February 17, 2002)

Bethany College honors black minister pioneer (February 10, 2002)

A/G quarterback wins Unitas Award (January 27, 2002)

Camp Melody plants song of love in boys' hearts (January 20, 2002)

Pastor breaks giving record after 10 days atop billboard (January 13, 2002)


2001 News Digest stories


2000 News Digest stories

Women lead on-campus ministries

By Katy Attanasi (September 29, 2002)

Twenty-one years ago, a fellow college student led Sue Hegle to the Lord and discipled her through a Chi Alpha small-group Bible study. Hegle set aside her plans for law school and now serves as the Chi Alpha director at San Diego State University helping other students encounter and grow in a relationship with Christ.

Chi Alpha, the Assemblies of God missions ministry to campuses, seeks to reconcile students to Christ and transform the university, the marketplace and the world. For Chi Alpha, America’s higher education schools, training ground for national and international leaders, are a very strategic mission field. More than 300 Chi Alpha ministries serve 200-plus U.S. campuses.

Like other ministries, the Chi Alpha that Hegle directs holds large- and small- group meetings weekly and disciples student leaders. The group hosts a weekly open-air preaching ministry and cafés for international students. Participants actively work in residence halls and sorority and fraternity houses, starting small-group Bible studies and hosting talks on topics such as depression and eating disorders.

For Hegle, the most rewarding aspect of the ministry is seeing God change lives. "Students come in and they are dealing with issues related to their families and pain from their past," she says. "You can see in a few years how God really transforms their lives. Getting to relive that new birth experience keeps my faith fresh."

It is challenging to know that her time with students is limited. "The ‘leaving thing’ is built into it automatically, and that gets really hard," she says.

Hegle spends much of her time discipling student leaders. "Part of me is driven crazy when I go through a whole week without having a good conversation with someone who’s not a Christian," she says. "The other part of me says, ‘This is so exciting because as I’m passing on my vision to the students, they’re catching it, and they are meeting with other people.’ It’s an effective way for us to reach the campus."

Jennifer Hughes had been a Christian for two years when she became involved in Chi Alpha during her first week as a freshman. During Chi Alpha activities, she began to feel God’s leading into full-time ministry. A student of linguistics and Spanish, Hughes felt her calling might be to overseas work, but she discovered that God was calling her to ministry among college students. After a yearlong internship, she began working full time with Chi Alpha and now serves as the director of the Chi Alpha ministry at University of California in Davis.

For Hughes, the rewards and challenges of Chi Alpha ministry are closely linked. "Sometimes you can’t see the effects of what you’re doing – it’s not product-oriented," she says. "At the end of the day I can’t look back and say, ‘I mowed the lawn or built the house,’ because my work is not visual. But I can say, ‘I got to pray with someone, and it was powerful and rewarding.’ We love students, pour our lives into them, and trust them to God that His purpose will be accomplished in their lives."

Hughes’ identity as a single woman minister lets her serve as a unique role model to students. "When students look at me, they see a woman living her life for Christ without a husband or partner in ministry," she says. "As they see the Lord satisfying me, and going well beyond what I could ask or imagine of Him, they see Him as faithful and trustworthy."

Charmaine Townsend, Chi Alpha director at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, was involved in the young-adult ministry at her church when she felt God calling her into campus ministry. She has a vision for helping students confront their needs and problems. "The most rewarding aspect of my work is seeing students come to know the Lord and seeing their growth at the end of the school year," she says.

Jayme Harris had carefully researched campus ministries before deciding to be a part of Chi Alpha. She changed her teaching career plans when she felt God calling her to campus ministry, and now serves as the director of the Chi Alpha ministry at Portland (Ore.) State University.

Portland State’s Chi Alpha works with international students, collaborating with other campus ministries to provide services ranging from airport pickups and English as second language classes to weekly international coffeehouse outreaches. Harris assists with international student ministries and directs the ministry to American students, which includes small-group Bible studies, prayer meetings and campus outreaches.

"One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is being able to sit with a non-Christian international student, who comes from a completely different worldview, and respond to their curiosity about the Lord," Harris says. "It’s rewarding both to be able to present the gospel in such a way that a student responds and becomes a follower of Jesus, and also to sit with a Christian student and share the truth when there are challenges. As I watch God form himself in their lives, in some way God happens to use me."

 

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