Beginning at Carolina, I was more focused on myself and plans for my life, than what plans God had for me in these years at college. I was not valuing the opportunity God had given me to do His will in the current moments I was in. Through Chi Alpha discipleship and life group, I have learned how critical it is to love and serve the people God has placed around me now. My identity as a Child of God means I have the purpose of spreading light in every space He puts me in.
Before I arrived at UNC, I knew I wanted to be a part of Chi Alpha because I have always loved XA’s mission for reaching college students. Little did I know, UNC’s Chi Alpha is full of some of the most loving and welcoming people that I have ever met. Less than two weeks after transferring to UNC, there was a death in my close family and I found myself an hour away from my home. XA stepped in as my new support system and helped me through that rough point in my life. A few months after that, I decided to go to West Africa with XA and was able to see how Chi Alpha fulfills its mission of reaching the world. Chi Alpha has renewed my passion to reach the lost, no matter where they are in the world or on our campuses, and I am looking forward to seeing all that God is going to do through XA in the coming years!
My name is Madelyn Smith and I am a rising Junior at UNC Chapel Hill. I am from Lenoir, North Carolina, studying Political Science with minors in Spanish and Women and Gender Studies. Upon coming to UNC, I found a strong Christian community in Chi Alpha. As worship leader, my favorite part of Chi Alpha would be worshiping God through music. The passion for Christ that both the staff and my fellow students possess has inspired me to grow closer to the Lord while providing me with support, advice, and love while figuring out what that means for me, individually. Chi Alpha has provided me with opportunities I never thought possible, such as going on two international missions trips to Africa and Ecuador, which completely changed the trajectory of my future by opening my eyes to the Lord's calling on my life as an international missionary. I believe that Chi Alpha is a spiritual sanctuary where college students have an opportunity like no other to truly find the Lord and in one of the most authentic Christian communities I have ever been a part of.