by Patrick Tan
|National Chi Alpha Team: Patrick Tan, Merla Laanan
with Afel Concon during Chi Alpha presentation in STDC
youth leaders meeting in Batangas City, Sep 25, 2010.
This are the very words our Lord Jesus Christ told his disciples when he saw the crowds coming toward him. In Chi Alpha we see that there is a great harvest of students in our schools and universities waiting to be transformed into radical followers of Jesus Christ. In fact recent studies found out that students are ever becoming more open to spiritual things and are desiring are a spiritual renewal they can experience for themselves. But the Lord makes a second observation, the laborers are few. With majority of our population being young people, there is an urgent need for our churches to be mobilized to intentionally reach our schools and universities as we obey our Lord’s mandate to ‘go and make disciples of all nations.’ The task may be overwhelming, but it is not impossible. Today there is growing interest in student outreach among our churches and they are being inspired, empowered and equipped through Chi Alpha Student Ministries. In the recent months we have conducted trainings and presentations in Palawan, Malolos, Bulacan, Iloilo City and Isabela. We have also helped establish a new Chi Alpha chapter in Palawan State University. Chi Alpha continues to strengthen its identity as it monitors the grassroots movements that were established by our predecessors. We rejoice with what the Lord has done, but we are excited for more things that God has in store for the movement. With your prayers and support, the task of creating movements of multiplying disciples in the campuses and universities of the Philippines is gradually being realized. Thank you for believing in the cause of student ministry. Thank you for believing in Chi Alpha!
Patrick Tan is currently the national coordinator of Chi Alpha Student Ministries. He and his wife Nette have served in youth and student ministry since their teenage years and has now found a common passion to reach the youth and students through Chi Alpha.