Bryan and Cecile Ames
Chi Alpha Missionaries at Virginia Commonwealth University
(FORMERLY AT U. OF MISSOURI — ST. LOUIS AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY — EDWARDSVILLE)
Ryan (South Korea)
Posted on Facebook:
"One year ago today I walked into [Chi Alpha Worship meeting]. I didn't care about God and I only went because my dad wanted me to. Little did I know that it would change my life. When I hit rock bottom chi alpha was there to pull me back. When I laughed again they laughed with me. Chi alpha changed my life and I don't know where I would be with Christ or in college if I hadn't come to that little meeting. Thank you chi alpha for all you've done for me. "
The picture Kimberly posted on Facebook
Samuel, right after he accepted Christ: "Look at the smile on my face. Before I was so depressed, now I am so happy!"
Before he left to go back to India he said, "Thank you, Bryan, this has been the best year of my life."
Upon returning to India, he said, "I am sharing my testimony with my Hindu and Muslim friends."
Princess posted the following after becoming a member of the Chi Alpha Alumni Association:
"Glad to be a child of God and Chi Alpha member. Thanks to CecileDames and Bryan Ames for UMSL and SIUE X alpha. It was a nice experience. The Bible studies and the special Philipino food. Thanks so much."
What Cecile said:
"It was such a blessing to have Princess in Chi Alpha ! She is a wife of an Assemblies of God pastor in a thriving church in Ghana ! When she was with us , she showed us how to have great faith in God, our Healer as she faced a medical situation and had to go through radiation , surgery at the same time pursuing a graduate program ! That is what Chi Alpha is like to me : a place that I can pursue God and a place where many brothers and sisters in Christ encourage me with prayers, love and passionate pursuit for Christ !"
Mei Mey (Costa Rica)
“I saw how my current Chi Alpha friends lived their lives, and I thought to to myself, that seems like a pretty cool life. And I want that for myself."
"Someone asked me how this year was for me and I said on a scale of 1-10, it is a 10 because of God. I’m so glad God brought you [Chi Alpha and my Chi Alpha friends] into my life”. Also, after playing many violin recitals before, she stated in her last recital, “This was the first time that I played for God and not for me. It feels great to play to bring all the glory back to God.”
"When I first arrived in the USA, I was coasting spiritually. I was challenged in my faith, I got on fire for Christ...My experience with Chi Alpha prepared me for missions."
Students from these nations have been involved in Chi Alpha @ the University of MO — St Louis and Southern IL University — Edwardsville: