Megan - Going Deeper

Megan Coates is a graduate of Chi Alpha at NC State. Here, she shares how she got involved in Chi Alpha during welcome week because of a friend’s invitation.

Arriving at NC State, I was eager to be involved on campus. I grew up in a Christian home and had personally surrendered my life to Christ over a year before beginning college. I wanted to find a group of student believers. My freshman year I visited many Christian fellowships, but I struggled to find a group where I felt a sense of belonging.

Freshman year ended with excitement about new opportunities on campus and discouragement in the search for a Christian group. I found organizations to serve in and I was busy; however, I still didn’t participate in fellowship with other student believers. To be quite honest, by the end of my freshman year I was done looking for a Christian fellowship. I had a church back home that wasn’t faraway. I thought maybe Christian student groups weren’t for me.

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The summer after my freshman year I was taking a Spanish class, and I met a student who was involved with Chi Alpha. We were speaking partners throughout the class. When the fall semester began, she invited me to Chi Alpha’s student events. I said “no,” but, my friend was persistent. She continued to invite me to Chi Alpha events. After several rejections, I finally accepted her invitation.

My first experience with Chi Alpha was at a large event on Harris Field. It was an exciting event that pulled me in. It wasn’t particularly unusual when compared with other student events, but something was different. Immediately, I was struck by how genuine and kind everyone was to me. I felt loved and accepted from the start.

I was introduced to a life group leader, Molly, who invited me to her small group. With the help of Stephanie, another small group leader who drove me and a group of other ladies, I was able to begin attending small group. I loved the openness of the discussion. Even though I didn’t know anyone in the group at first, I felt comfortable and able to share. I began to make friends with the girls in my group, and I looked forward to small group every week!

Soon it was time to sign up for spring break mission trips. I felt God calling me to participate. After praying and waiting, I knew the trip to San Francisco was for me! That trip was a huge turning point. Jesus used my time in San Francisco to show me the need to be missions-minded regardless of my vocation. During this time, I began to understand that missions isn’t just for vocational missionaries – we’re all called to go and make disciples.

Returning from San Francisco, I knew I wanted to “give a year” to full-time ministry. I wasn’t sure where I would go to serve Jesus, but I knew I was called. Fast forward to my junior year and the World Missions Summit – I began to seriously consider serving abroad. Through a series of God orchestrated circumstances and meetings, I realized my call to Thailand. Now I have one month left of my “give a year” in Lampang, Thailand.

My walk with the Lord has grown so much. I know I will never be the same. I am so thankful that God put Chi Alpha in my life. The friendship, servant leadership, and discipleship I experienced during my time in Chi Alpha changed the trajectory of my life.

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