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April 03, 2012

From One International Student to Another

By: 
Allie Marshall

“I left home with a heart full of expectations – mostly positive, but I also had a certain amount of worry,” said Lisa Espineli Chinn, now the Director for InterVarsity’s International Student Ministry (ISM). As a student, Lisa was excited to come to the U.S. from the Philippines, but also nervous about being in a new country, at a new school, and without friends. Her prayer was that God would provide her with just one friend. Although it was not immediate, God did provide some wonderful friendships, a

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April 02, 2012

ReLentless Acts: A Risky Move

By: 
Jessica Fick

I didn’t expect Jesus to show up in a bar that evening. No, it wasn’t a hipster dude with a big beard. It was at my high school reunion where I reconnected with Chris—a formerly awkward and quiet student who now sported snazzy glasses, stylishly gelled hair, and an identity as an openly gay man.

I had braced myself for the various negative responses when I tell people I’m in campus ministry—yet that night as we

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March 29, 2012

Challenged and Changed

By: 
Chris Nichols, InterVarsity Regional Director for New England

Students at KRUP in 2009For the past six years, InterVarsity students from mostly New England campuses have been inviting their friends to join them for a week in New Orleans during spring break, where they rehabilitate hurricane-ravaged property during the day and study God’s word in the evening. This week, the fourth and final week for 2012, the group was joined by InterVarsity’s New England Regional Director Chris Nichols. Here is his report:

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March 28, 2012

Calisto Odede to Take the Stage at Urbana 12

By: 
Abi Christian

You may have never heard of Rev. Calisto Odede, but he’s helped thousands of students to consider God’s calling on their lives and in the Church.

After participating in Urbana 87, Calisto returned to his home in Kenya to join the Fellowship of Christian Unions (FOCUS), and directed the first three COMMISSION conferences, Kenya’s triennial Students Missions Conference, which now brings

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March 26, 2012

ReLentless Acts: Where Is Your Heart?

By: 
Scott Schimmel

Ten years ago pastors would ask as they closed a sermon: “Where has your heart been lately? Take a look at your checkbook and your calendar, and you’ll discover where your heart has been.”

Now hardly anyone has a checkbook or carries a calendar. Rather, try taking a look at your Google history, Facebook posts, Netflix queue, and online bank statement. The point is

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March 23, 2012

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

By: 
Chris Nielson

When students go on InterVarsity Urban Plunges over spring break, they seem to end up in a couple of places emotionally. As the Milwaukee Urban Project director, I have noticed during our debrief times that students often highlight the positives of the week – the new relationships, the amazing ministries, and the impact of the Bible studies. I am glad these students have seen that God is active and at work to renew our city. But there is a second group that leaves the trip, and too often they don’t

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March 21, 2012

Asking the Big Questions

By: 
Matt Meyer

Usually, people attend conferences looking for answers. Certainly, I went to InterVarsity’s Multiethnic Staff Conference 2012 looking for answers to some fairly practical questions like:

“How can I best serve students at Ventura College who come from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds?”

“How is God challenging me to develop in my own ethnic

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March 19, 2012

Relentless Acts: Is Your Activism Sexy?

By: 
LeAnn Jenkins

“He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I

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March 15, 2012

Alec Hill: My Top Ten Books of the Year

March booksEvery year, I have the great pleasure of presenting my favorite books. A highlight was discovering www.audible.com, a reading service that downloads to my I-Phone.

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
(Amy Einhorn Books, 2011)

I have not yet seen the movie, partly due to the fear of all

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March 14, 2012

Continuing Education: Multiculturalism

By: 
Katelin Hansen

So you’ve caught the vision of a multiethnic and cross cultural Church…now what?

It’s not easy to discern what practical steps to take toward that goal. Perhaps the multicultural worship you experienced at the Urbana Student Missions Conferences is lacking when you visit home on breaks. Or maybe you miss the richness of diversity you experienced in your college fellowship, now that you've

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