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Ask anyone who knew me 3 years ago. I was too shy to even say hi. Whenever I walked my eyes looked straight towards the ground. I thought I was useless and hopeless that nothing and no one could ever change me. I was also full of pride. If someone rebukes me I find another delusional lie to convince that person and myself that I corrected it. I thought I was already okay, doing good and not offending anyone but the sad truth was deception, pride and insecurity reigned over me. I was the center of my life.
When I joined Chi Alpha, God taught me He loved me no matter who I am through the Chi Alphans. Stubborn as I was, I didn’t fully commit my life to Him. When God moved in my life, He broke my spirit. It was painful, but I’m thankful That He has a plan for everything. I don’t control my life now. I don’t know what lies ahead of me everyday as I am seeking Him, reading His word and standing amazed at how wonderful He is. I’m committing whatever I do for His glory and He has never failed me.
2nd Year BS Tourism
Central Philippine University
by Patricia Mae Saludes, Central Philippine University Chi Alpha
I joined Chi Alpha just to really know about it. To get involve what was that banner brings for. And of course to learn new things and to gain more friends. After I really know about Chi Alpha my first impression about it was very too far for what i been expecting. It was so “WOW” because in my very young age God would really use me to get involve for what we call disciple making, and i said to my self God knows best just obey Him and get involve with it. NO matter who we are we can never say no when God speak to us.
Chi Alpha change my life in a very simple way but in a very hard decision.You know why? It’s very hard because I really need it to surrender all to Jesus, to not to do bad things and it’s really difficult for me to do that. But when God starting to move in my life and i obeyed Him and start to flow with Him….Got Ya!!! All were change! And to tell you guys if we want to change to follow God surrender all to Jesus your all in all nothing will be left in your life that you need to hold on still, give it all to Jesus.God would take care of it.
After spending time with Chi Alpha the changes that i have seen in myself was I learned to have some time with God just to study His word everyday to pray and to fast. To wear modest clothes than to wear sexy clothes that displeases in His sight. To be matured on His word and defiant in sharing History to others.To live trust Him always in every areas of my life. Strong enough to face giants! Because I believe my God is bigger in all ways. 🙂
The most important lesson that Chi Alpha taught to me was to make disciples and multiply, to reconcile students to Christ and to transform the family the campus the marketplace and the world. To get involve in disciple making.
My most memorable Chi Alpha experience is when I saw my classmates committed and happy serving God. And to all the person I meet and share about Christ and turn to God their Source….:) Amen!
by Mary Grace Macaspac
Note: Mary Grace’s personal testimony is originally written in Tagalog & English and was translated to English for the purpose of our readers. Her original post can be found here – http://wheneverythingfeelsgray.tumblr.com/post/24672028689.
Life Streams Chi Alpha … Sounds like a fraternity right? My previous thought as well. But recently we are often mistaken for a sorority because most of our members are women.
So what is Life Streams Chi Alpha? Often times our campus pastor would have us recite our mission statement to keep us focused on the reason why Chi Alpha exists in University of the Philippines Los Banos …
“We are a movement of multiplying disciples, reconciling students to Christ, transforming the family, the campus, the marketplace and the World.”
That’s our mission. We love having fun but we do not forget our purpose in this campus. We’re a group of students with different personalities but our hearts beat as one. We want to make God smile.
(Bonding at Freedom Park, UPLB campus, Summer 2012)
I met the students that made up XA during 2nd Semester freshman year. They were just few then. Only 10 students I think. Four were graduating that year. They had a small place that they rent for their “Life Gathering” every Wednesday night. I was inspired by their lives especially the leaders. They are fully committed to serve God even when there are times that they have to sleep late. I saw in them the kind of love without the wrong motives—the love of brothers and sisters in Christ. It is through them I learned the real meaning of the word commitment, discipleship and accountability.
(Semender 2012—too bad not everyone was present)
It’s delightful to remember that we were just made up of 10 students. Today we often run out of seats every Life Gathering. Awesome right? God is really at work! And I feel grateful I saw that with my own eyes. In fact it’s overwhelming. God didn’t let our labors be in vain … 🙂 God may be using us in sharing His Word, in inviting fellow young people, but we know that it’s Him who works in the hearts of each one.
I believe that there are more blessings in store that the Lord will pour out in His ministry. And we are so much excited how the Lord continue to move in UPLB!
|Ed Gabud Jr.|
Below is a testimony written by Ed Gabud Jr., president of Chi Alpha in University of Cebu in Cebu City, Philippines.
Hello! I’m Eduardo Gabud Jr., 17 years of age, first year student from UC-main taking up a course of Business Administration Major in Management Accounting. This time I would like to share my story how I really accepted and found God through Chi Alpha student ministry. This is the beginning of my journey towards finding God. Take a little moment and read my story.
I was in a noisy study hall; I can’t concentrate studying my lessons. A man and woman sat right beside me. They kept on staring at me while I was doing my assignment. I smiled at them once, twice, and many times until we had meaningful conversation. Their sparkling eyes made me think something, who are they? What are they doing here? At first, I thought they are one of the students here but they’re not. After they introduced their selves, they explained their purpose of coming into the campus. They shared to me the four facts of life.
Their purpose persuaded me to join their organization which is “Chi Alpha” means Christ Apostles. Fortunately, I received a note from them and they taught learning about the relationship between me and God. Afterwards, I realized what really my purpose being one of the disciples of God. I have sometimes doubted God about His interest on me. But, His ultimate purpose to prosper me and give me a hope and a future captivates me. I was so curios at that time.
After several meetings and discussion about God it slowly enlightens some cloud of doubts. I realized then why I need to believe in God. I was searching God day after day, night after night; I kept on realizing and seeking God. Honestly, I felt guilty I continue making things that displeases the Lord. If God is always there to guide me, why I can’t solve my problem? Actually there are times I got mad at God and it’s been a longtime when I cannot do things right. For the reason I was not satisfied for what I did. Due to the fact that it’s hard to receive God’s will with a hidden guilt. Now, I thank the Lord for His saving grace.
|Ed shares his personal testimony at
Chi Alpha Leaders Training last October.
Before the month of July ended, it’s been a great pleasure to have momentous spiritual changes. For how many days I was thinking, I thank God for being so near to Him. People in Chi Alpha mold me to really accept God as my Lord and Savior. I totally absorbed God will as they shared to me. I acknowledged that I was I sinner. I believed that God sent His beloved Jesus Christ to die on the cross to save me. All the doubts I have has gone, even though I am a sinner but I could be a disciple of God. The Organization I am joining pushed me to strive hard to knowing God better. I find myself proud and humble as I learned the importance of acceptance. There, my faith in God is strengthened.
by Bygie Tuliva, Chi Alpha Iloilo City
|Delegates from recently concluded Chi Alpha
Leaders Training held in Iloilo City last Oct 26-28
Last week, we challenged the XA leaders of CPU (Central Philippine University) & JNHS (Jaro National High School) to pray and fast for our movement. They took on the challenge and didn’t wait for this week to do that but on that week itself. The results were quicker than expected. Last Friday, the attendance of the CPU D-Group (Discipleship Group) ballooned to the point that the room they were meeting in was filled with students and many of them had to stand because all of the chairs were occupied.
By Saturday, we were informed that an opportunity for XA to be recognized in UI has been opened. UI (University of Iloilo) has been tough to infiltrate ever since XA started in Iloilo City but now it seems that God Himself made a way for us to reach that campus.
Just this Sunday, a CPU high school student who attended the just concluded XALT (Chi Alpha Leaders Training) brought along three of her dance troupe co-members in the morning service. It was the first time of the three to attend. And by evening this same student attended a service again but this time with her classmate which tagged along to church, for the second time. A JNHS high school student, a XA leader as well, managed to bring along her classmate to the Sunday service. This classmate has been attending the JNHS D-Group from quite some time and it was her first time to attend the church service. Here’s the best part, another JNHS student, also a XA leader, brought her entire family to the church! She somehow convinced her mother, step dad & step siblings to attend. In her joy of seeing her prayers answered, here’s what she said, “If this is what prayer and fasting does, I’ll do it everyday.”
Chi Alphans, God really answers prayers. But coupled with fasting, the results can be phenomenal. =)
Delegates at Benguet State University
I thank God for giving us the opportunity to join the Chi Alpha Leaders Training. Through that training, God slowly changed my perspective and motives. I realized the importance of evangelism and discipleship. The campus saturation served as an eye opener for me personally. I was indeed an initiation. To God be the glory.
I learned so much from the Chi Alpha training. I learned about STAR (evangelism), discipleship and R2P4 (commitments). After our “initiation” at Benguet State University, I was a totally different person. Before I was so scared in sharing my faith, but now the fear has been wiped away.
by RJ Reyes as told by Patrick Tan
In this article we are featuring the testimony of RJ Reyes. RJ is currently the president of Chi Alpha in University of Perpetual Help Calamba Campus Laguna. I remember back in 2009 when their church sent some of their leaders at the Chi Alpha Summit in Tagaytay to learn about starting a church-based student ministry (also back in 2008 their youth pastor attended the XA summit). And it was a few weeks ago that we have heard great things about what God is doing in XA-Perps that they pioneered in the nearby university. This just proves that our young people CAN be mobilized to become agents of reconciliation in their campuses. Listen to his story …
Chi Alpha in University of Perpetual Help—System DALTA Calamba Campus, Laguna or XA-Perps became an official school organization last February 11, 2009. In June 2009, we held our first “bridging” event through a seminar called “How to Succeed in College” where we were able to connect with students in the campus. It was a successful bridge event, however we were not able to follow-up on the student participants to join in our small groups. Despite XA-Perps existence in our school, it went on for days, weeks, months and even a whole school year without movement. When we started our small group, we were only three, and after a year, we were down to two! We don’t know what to do or what is wrong. We asked ourselves if we were on the right track where the Lord wants us to be. By the end of the school year, Kuya Carlo, our outgoing XA leader, turned over the responsibility of leading Chi Alpha Perps to me. And I took it because frankly there weren’t any responsibility at all! There was no student to be led, be trained, and be discipled. By the end of the school year Chi Alpha Perps existed for a year but there were no students being saved.
First day of school year 2010-11, I was desperate. I was already thinking of quitting because I wasn’t sure if the Lord gave this responsibility to me. I began crying out to God. I prayed and asked the Lord for confirmation if He really chose me for this kind of ministry. And if it was so, I needed to know what I was supposed to do. What were the steps in turning my vision for XA-Perps into a reality? I was reading Day 37 of the Purpose Driven Life about How to Share My Life Message and God spoke to me:
My child, you are unique, and I made you for a purpose and that purpose is to go to the lost! This is what you must do. As long as you know one person who does not know Me, ou must keep praying for them, serving them in love, and sharing to them the Good News. Pray! Pray for them every day until they are saved. Your mission field is all around you! Don’t miss this opportunity that I have given you. When you are afraid to share the Good News with the people around you, ask Me to fill your heart with My love for them. I never made a person that I did not love. Remember, everyone matters to me. Go! Don’t be afraid for I am with you always. Go! I am sending you!
God’s message has removed any doubts that I had. I was so excited! But I knew that there is still something missing in me. I go to school and I pray for my classmates’ salvation, but why am I not able to start a small group in our university.
A few weeks after, Ate Shiela, our youth pastor told us that there was an upcoming youth revival in Manila (Southern Tagalog District Council Youth Revival held at Bethel Bible College). So I decided to join them. And on August 21, after his message the speaker made an altar call, I responded and for the first time in my life, I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
But when the HOLY SPIRIT comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses from me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. / Acts 1:8
When our speaker Ptr. Alvin (Tud) quoted to us that verse, that’s the time I decided to commit myself in reaching my classmates for Jesus!
Six days after the event (August 27), while I was in campus with six of my classmates waiting for our last subject, we began to share stories about our lives. And as I listen to their story the Lord started to speak to me. “My child, they need me, they need salvation.” I asked the Holy Spirit to teach me what to say. The Lord reminded me of the Bridge Man, the story about a father who sacrificed the life of his own son for the sake of the lives of the passengers on the train. After that I asked my classmates if they wanted to have a true relationship with Jesus Christ. And they agreed! I noticed that they were crying while I share to them about Christ. So then and there I led them in a prayer, a prayer to accept Jesus as personal Lord and Savior! I also prayed for them. After class I invited them to our Youth Night at church and they decided to go with me! The next day another two accepted Jesus in their hearts. Then a few weeks after (Sep 17) another 11 of my classmates received Jesus Christ in their lives as personal Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit helped me to say the right things when I share Jesus to my classmates.
These series of events started the change in the lives of my classmates. I would follow up on them, and they would attend our Youth Night and also our Sunday service. We have a small group sharing in our campus during vacant times. And if there is an opportunity we would hold our small group sharing in our church together with our youth pastor.
One example of how God changed the lives of my classmates was Mary Rose. Mary Rose was a mystic. Before, she didn’t believe that Christ existed. She also rejected the Bible. The only thing she believed that somehow there is a God. One time I asked her if she knew what a person must do to go to heaven and be saved. She said that if a person did good things for others and had communication with God they could go to heaven. Two days later, I invited her to Youth Night and she went with me. After the fellowship she told me that she felt something different during worship. I told her that it was the Holy Spirit speaking to her. Then I noticed she was crying. She told me that she wanted to know Jesus and have the assurance of eternal life. So that night I prayed with her to receive Jesus in her life. Today we would laugh every time we remember that night when she gave her life to Christ. She always thanked me for that encounter with Christ. God has indeed a wonderful purpose for her life!
Today 21 students are experiencing the life-changing process of knowing Christ through Chi Alpha Perps. We meet every week in our small groups. Their perspective in life has changed, as well as their lifestyles. Now they understand that being a born-again Christian is not just religion, but a real relationship with Jesus Christ. And every time I hear my classmates testify what God has done in their lives, it encourages me to go on and reach more souls in our campus.
by Ptr. Ley Taberna
I have endeavored to write his story–the story of a classmate and friend for four short weeks. The story of Mon Ariel.
It begun one morning on a noisy classroom at PUNP. My campus.
It was the opening of the semester and students are busily and noisily walking around the corridors trying to find their rooms. With my schedule on hand, I sighed in relief when finally, I found my room- the room where I’ll have to learn about Economics, a minor subject which the Registrar required for me to take in order to finish my BSE-English degree.
I sat down on an empty chair near the back, a 26- year old pastor invading the world of young and barely legal collegiate students.
It was probably 15 or so minutes later when he sat beside me and told me that he had known me from attending summer youth camps at my old Bible School. He jovially introduced himself as Mon Ariel.
We talked while waiting for the professor who seemed to be taking forever to arrive.
On that first meeting, I learned two things about him: (1) he was once a believer who have now lost his passion for God and the church and (2) he had been sick, really sick. He had this vicious heart ailment which had him suffer for many long years as a child and as a teenager.
Two times each week, Mon Ariel and I will talk about God and His love for him. I told him one time that if he will ever come back to God, he will find Him waiting for him with arms open wide because He loves him so much. I told him about the prodigal son who needed a prodigal love which only a lovesick and prodigal Father can give and prayed for him.
Our times together lasted for only four short weeks because for some reason, I had to change schedule to accommodate one of my major subjects. I wasn’t even able to say goodbye to Mon Ariel– not until I received a call from a friend months later asking me to preach at his wake.
As it turned out, Mon Ariel sought out my friend who pastors a church near his home and committed himself to a life of service to God once more. Up until his sudden death a few months after we prayed together at that room in PUNP, he endeavored to make up for the times he had lost and loved God.
Many times I thought about how many Mon Ariels may be waiting for us in the noisy and busy rooms of our school campuses. And everytime I do, I always find myself lingering in the thought that even if it only be for a single Mon Ariel in the campus, I wouldn’t stop praying and radiating light wherever God leads me.
Anyway, I always end up where I love to minister the most– in the dark rooms and hallways of a college campus.
A testimony/interview of Phoebe Grace Manalo as told by Patrick Tan. Phoebe Grace is the current president of Chi Alpha Chapter in Bukidnon State University in Malaybalay, Bukidnon.
God is doing great things in the ministry of Chi Alpha here in Bukidnon State University. His ways are always incomprehensible. Chi Alpha BSU chapter started in 2003 through the leadership of Sir Rene and Ate Love Andoy together with the young people from our local church. We started from scratch and without any identity yet. And most of us are not yet strong in the Lord.
We have encountered a lot of difficulties before Chi Alpha was established in BSU. For example we have experienced lack of strong and committed leaders, lack of financial support, we were not even supported by the local church. We even went to churches and campuses to bring awareness about Chi Alpha.
Today, when we think about all those butas ng karayon (eye of the needle) we experienced before, we can’t help ourselves praising the Lord for His greatness. We experienced breakthrough in the life of our leaders. They stood firm in their faith despite the ups and downs. The church has become supportive of us. And we are making a difference in our university, our family and our community.
We have overcome because of Him. Many students came to know Christ and received Him as their personal Lord and Savior. God is raising leaders with Christ-like character in mentoring the “Chi-Alphans” to grow in the knowledge of Christ. To date, XA-BSU has 50 members and more than ten commited student leaders and six prospect leaders. There are also individuals outside our school who have volunteered for the ministry. We have five volunteer staff–four from our church and one came as a fruit of the Chi Alpha ministry. The Assembly of God church in Casisang, Malaybalay City collaborated and supported us in the ministry.
And even in the area of finances, God is continually increasing it. God connected us to people who give generously for the ministry. At the same time, every leader and staff member is committed to give their investments. We use to raise our funds by making handicrafts and selling them. And now, we are thinking of more ways to invest our money to raise more funds for the ministry.
This coming August 27-28, we will be having a Leadership Enhancement Seminar. In November, we’re planning to have our first Chi Alpha Sportsfest to reach out to students through sports and strengthen the camaraderie of our members. Chi Alpha has also planted a new chapter in Quezon High School We are also planning to open another Chi Alpha chapter in Kisolon High School, so please help us pray for this breakthrough.
If I were to give advice to fellow workers and students who are starting up a Chi Alpha Student Ministry in their school, here are some pointers: (1) Be prayerful, always ask God’s guidance and direction. (2) Build strong leaders first, before sending them to the harvest field. (3) Each leader must have a mentor. (4) Leaders should have a regular time for nurturing and group prayer. (5) Before launching Chi Alpha in your university, find a key person you can tap to help you “legalize” the operation of the ministry in the university.
Kaya po, all glory belongs to the Lord for all that He has done in us here in Chi Alpha Bukidnon State University!
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