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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

'Chi Alpha Changed My Life'

Sept. 26, 2010

Since its inception in 1953, Chi Alpha has creatively introduced countless students to the gospel, and has done so on America’s secular college campuses. Recently, Technical Editor Jennifer McClure gathered these stories of lives forever changed and now bent on continuing the ministry of Chi Alpha.

Chi Alpha meant a whole lot to me because that’s actually how I met Jesus. I was a lesbian-rally-leading, hard-core atheist. When I encountered Jesus it was this automatic, Wow! God is real, and He loves me, and He forgives me. It was a radical change in my life. Chi Alpha prayed for me as a group for two years. They did one all-night prayer, and my name was the first one taped to the cross. I know that Jesus used Chi Alpha to reach me. Now I want to serve Him through Chi Alpha so other students can have the same opportunity to experience the grace and mercy of God that He has so abundantly given me.

Tia Shaw, CMIT (campus missionary in training) at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio

Theology in a Nutshell by Ken Horn


I grew up knowing a lot of legalistic rules, and that pushed me away from the Lord. Coming to college was like, Freedom! I didn’t have to go church. I didn’t have to act like someone I’m not. The first year I did the party scene. Then I met a lot of really cool girls who were in Chi Alpha. They took me to Chi Alpha, and it was really different. They were really worshipping God. These girls showed me what it meant to be redeemed. When I really started walking with the Lord, my plans changed. I wasn’t living for myself anymore; I was living for a bigger plan.

Araceli Rivas, CMIT at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas

Theology in a Nutshell by Ken Horn


Chi Alpha was the first ministry I was ever involved in where a pastor or a student or anyone actively wanted to pursue a one-on-one discipleship relationship with me. So it was the place where I grew the most because someone actually cared about me, what I was going through, what I was dealing with, and helped me work through issues that I had.

Richard Burke, district-appointed missionary and Chi Alpha campus director at Georgia Southern University

Theology in a Nutshell by Ken Horn


The sense of community and the tight-knit group that I was looking for, the sense that I belonged somewhere, was a huge thing for me. I had never experienced that close, Christian fellowship that I found in Chi Alpha and people who were willing to accept me just as I was but were also willing to hold me accountable and encourage me and pray for me. They’re just the best friends I’ve ever had.

Lydia Cash, CMIT at Auburn (Ala.) University

Theology in a Nutshell by Ken Horn


Being involved in Chi Alpha from the very beginning in a leadership position really kept me grounded and brought me to where I needed to be with God in my walk.

Anthony Morrison, campus missionary associate and full-time student at the University of South Florida

Theology in a Nutshell by Ken Horn


I grew up in an unstable home, moved around a lot and really struggled with building relationships. Growing up I didn’t know Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. It was all about rules and regulations. When I got to Chi Alpha, I was introduced to a community of believers who were following Christ in every aspect of their lives, having fun and in relationship with each other. Chi Alpha changed my life by showing me, through loving relationships, how to live my life out for Christ and just love people for Christ.

Deanna Ceasar, CMIT at University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Theology in a Nutshell by Ken Horn


Chi Alpha is where I got saved. I went to East Carolina University to party. One night my friend and I were bored, so we went to Chi Alpha to see what it was all about. We just thought we’d make fun of them. We went, and they were really nice. I had never met a nice Christian before. They were normal. They liked the same things I liked, dressed the same way, and I was puzzled that they were so into God. So I came back. I was really interested, and I was praying, “God, what are they so excited about?” Right there, clear as day, I heard Him say, Come with Me. It scared me to death. I believed there was a God, but not that God spoke to people. After that, I gave my life to Christ. He helped me get away from the stuff I was doing, and I stayed involved in Chi Alpha.

Ashley Smith, CMIT at Sam Houston State University

Theology in a Nutshell by Ken Horn


Chi Alpha gave me a path to follow. I wasn’t a Christian for most of my life. When I became a Christian, it was in name only, and I didn’t see how to walk it out. Through discipleship, Chi Alpha helped me realize I was a broken person and learn how to really live an authentic Christian life.

Kyle McAllister, MAPS volunteer with his wife, Brittany, to University of Guadalajara in Mexico in response to Chi Alpha’s challenge to “Give a Year and Pray about a Lifetime”

Theology in a Nutshell by Ken Horn


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