June 03 2015

Patrick’s Story

Coming into Virginia Tech, I did not really know anything about campus ministries and I did not have any plans to join one. I found out about Chi Alpha through their move in events shortly after I moved in to my dorm. From there, I met a lot of leaders at Chi Alpha including one of my small group leaders and this is where my involvement with Chi Alpha started.

During the first semester, I often did not go to Ignite or small group, because I did not think that going was that important. I also did not really know anyone in Chi Alpha, which also kept me away. I began distancing myself from God partly because of the influence of the friends I was making, most of whom were not Christian.

Over winter break, my small group leaders had convinced me to go to the SALT conference even though I did not particularly want to go. It turns out that by going, I made the right decision. While there, I learned and far more than I had expected about God and the word. The worship services were very powerful and I experienced God in more powerful ways then I had experienced him before. I also had the chance to fellowship with others at Chi Alpha and better connect with the Chi Alpha family.

After SALT, my motivation for attending Chi Alpha had completely changed. During my first semester I attended Ignite because I thought it was the right thing to do not because I wanted to be closer to God. I now began attending Ignite to learn more about God and I also began to feel his presence more, as a result. During the first semester, I often read my Bible just to say that I read it and took very little away from the word each night. During the second semester, I began listening for God’s voice more during my quiet time something that I rarely did before. I also gained more from reading the word because I now had a more open and receiving attitude toward that Bible when I was reading it. My small group attendance and participation also had greatly increased and I was more interested in the content of the small group devotionals and took more away from them each week. My openness toward God had increased so much that I went on a mission’s trip over my spring break, something that would never have crossed my mind during the first semester.

God has slowly transformed me little by little my freshman year. I am grateful for the growth that I found in Christ through Chi Alpha and I hope and pray that I will continue in that growth in the years to come.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2