Chi Alpha Missionaries, Bryan and Cecile Ames, University of MO--St Louis;
Southern IL University--Edwardsville
Christmas Party 2016
Christmas is such a wonderful time to share the gospel. Students, scholars, and alumni from nations all over the world (Netherlands, Germany, India, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Russia, Nigeria, USA) gathered to celebrate with us.
Christmas is such a wonderful time to share the gospel. Students, scholars, and alumni from nations all over the world (Netherlands, Germany, India, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Russia, Nigeria, USA) gathered to celebrate with us.
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Wedding Ceremony, Gospel Goes to China
Bryan got to conduct his first wedding ceremony for a Chinese couple. For many of these students and scholars, it was the first time they had ever been in a church! Bryan shared the gospel, and printed out the text of what he shared to assist people who have English as their second language.
 Several visiting scholars from China took the text of the ceremony back to China with them to share with their spouses! The gospel goes back to China!
Mosaic, an International Student Conference

During Thanksgiving Break we took students to a conference called Mosaic. Students from many different countries, who are enrolled in a plethora of different universities in the USA attended.
Bryan got to share a session on the significance and meaning of Thanksgiving in USA culture in the first morning session. We also visited Washington DC and NYC.
UMSL and SIUE students and scholars at Central Park in NYC
An Intense Need
We could not do these activities and reach these nations without your prayers and financial support! We have seen a significant decrease in contributions the last three months. During this time of year we have expenses for conferences, including students who need financial assistance to attend. Would you consider making a special offering? Thank you!
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Chi Alpha,
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1445 Boonville Ave,
Springfield, MO 65802.
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Chi Alpha Camping Trip
We had our first ever Chi Alpha Camping trip!
We stayed in tents (well, most of us!). We roasted marshmallows by a camp fire.
Our host, Mr Alexander, shared about his experience owning a business. He proclaimed that he ran his business according to biblical principles, and God blessed it.
Bryan shared about the opportunity we have to be in relationship with God. After the presentation, a visiting scholar (already has a Ph D in philosophy) mentioned to me that he has studied many different religions, but had never heard anything about having a relationship with God.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes...” Romans 1:16a
Over 5000 people are registered for The World Missions Summit.
College students will be challenged to share the love of Jesus with the world.
Please pray for this pivotal gathering.
Students will get to meet with missionaries and are challenged with life-changing messages!
Family Update
Abigail and Jonathan
Jeremy is 13 years-old.
He is definitely taller than his Mom now. He has autism and is still not verbal. He has had a better year than before. Please pray he behaves better at school.
Pray for a miracle. Thank you so much!

Abigail is 11 years-old and loves to read, and has a vocabulary to show for it. She says she frequently uses words at school of which her classmates are completely unaware. Pray that she will continue to grow in her relationship with Jesus! Abigail is reading this as I type, and she wanted me to mention that she is awesome!

Jonathan is 10 years-old and loves video games. He is an extremely picky eater, and it’s a constant battle to get him to eat enough. Jonathan has high-functioning autism, but has great potential academically. He has recently had great improvement in cooperating at school.