Below you can read testimonies from the historic World Missions Summit 4.
Utah Valley University
I could write you a book about the amazing things that happened at TWMS4 but I really wanted to share the main thing I got out of this fantastic week!
First off I'm quite new to Chi Alpha having joined in the fall after my return to college and it has been such a blessing. I attend a fall retreat with my core group and that's where i heard about TWMS4 I had no idea what it was but from the moment I hard it mentioned I knew I needed to go! I was a bit worried about the money at first but GOD provided as usual and I was even able to convince my brother to go with me and I was able to raise enough money for both of us!!
I had gone into this conference believing that I wouldn't or rather couldn't be called for missions. Missions in my opinion were for the cream of the crop and I wasn't good enough or knowledgeable enough for that.
The first night of the summit during the first gathering we were talking about unreached people groups and for some reason I could only think of one North Korea a place I know almost nothing about other than it's a closed country, so I took it and I began to pray for North Korea and it became like a weight on my heart I couldn't escape throughout the whole conference so the 2nd day during windows to the world several different missionaries approached me and asked to pray with me one even told me that he could tell GOD had a plan for me, so when one lady asked me to sign up for pipeline I did it and unsure of where I wanted to go i decided I should put Asia in the country box. Needless to say that after several other crazy and scary events I agreed to give a year and pray about a lifetime and I don't know where exactly I will go but I have a feeling it has something to do with North Korea.
The Evergreen State College
Tally for the week at Evergreen:
2 students baptized in the Spirit
1 student delivered from anxiety
Jesus wants to bless.
Coming to conference I was facing limitations. On what I could do what I could say. Even on where I could go. I was struggling with depression and dark dreams and lack of taste for life. I didn't even allow myself to talk to certain people, just because.
At conference I began to push past those limits. My motto was from the beatitudes to hunger and thirst for righteousness and trust that I will be filled.
At meal times with the missionaries life was vibrant and the food savory.
I felt the Lord calling me to daily repentance and to walk with him.
I received the gift of the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues.
Jesus allowed me to dream fluidly for the first time in years, of joyful images and tribes of people dedicated to the lord.
From darkness to light. Abide in Christ.
Sam Houston Chi Alpha
For me, I came into the World Mission Summit expecting something great to happen, but I didn't know what exactly I was hoping would happen. The night that we were asked to fill out the "give a year" cards I went up and prayed and laid my heart out, asking the Lord where I should go. Since that night, now more than ever, I know that Alaska is where my heart is, and where the Lord will take me to if I am obedient. I visited booths in the Latin America area opening my heart to different locations, but when it came down to filling the card, something kept telling me "Alaska is where you need to be". I never thought in a million years that this Texas kid would have such a burden for the natives in Alaska but I hope to be able to give a year and for sure pray for a lifetime.
Sam Houston State University
While at the World Missions Summit Eurasia experience, I heard a story from someone who was taking language classes at a university in Kiev, Ukraine. One day, a bunch of class mates went missing and he later found out that they had left to go fight for ISIS. It broke my heart for the people in that region. Today I can't stop thinking about how that applies to all college students, domestic and international. This is a very real consequence if we do not strive for students to know Christ.
To write about my experience at TWMS4 in its entirety would be to write a novel; however, I do want to share this little portion with everyone. On the last night of the summit God gave me a vision of a great, big tree that was full of life and had one apple hanging down from it. Approaching the tree was a woman with a scarf draped over her head and she was reaching the apple. God spoke to me and said "Tori, this is the tree of life and it's growing in you. You have the ability to go to my people and tell them of me. Take my message to them, lead them to me so that they might take part in everlasting life. Don't let this tree die, don't let the fruit rot. Abide in me and I will give you everything you need to go to my people."
Columbus State University
So a lot of things happened for me at TWMS. On Thursday 2 missionaries asked to pray for me and I received confirmation on my major and some of my purpose in life. On Friday, I attended the Holy Spirit class and I received the gift of speaking in tongues. It easy one of the most scary yet most amazing things to ever happen to me. I was so overwhelmed with joy. Later on Friday night I decided to give a year and pray about a lifetime in missions. Earlier in the day, HBCUs were mentioned and I thought wow it sure would be cool to work with those students. And it's so funny that the night I decide to give a year I prayed about people of color and Greeks being an unreached people. I am in a Greek organization and I know from experience that people especially Christians don't really reach out to us and that is kind of disheartening. So even though I am still praying about where I want to go for my give a year, I am really leaning toward an HBCU and places where there are black Greek letter organizations.
Texas Tech University
Guys. Oh my my my!!! I gotta share this with you! A few crazy things happened to me last week that I'm still attempting to wrap my mind around!
First of all, I didn't think I was going to be able to go to TWMS. I was devastated the day I realized I couldn't go, but God was so faithful and had my back before I even bowed my head. That alone was so amazing, but it gets better!
The first night I got really sick. If you saw someone sleeping in the hallway between Eurasia and China, that was me! Haha. But I literally missed everything the first night. Migraines are no joke! The next morning, after getting at least 3 more hours of sleep than anyone else did, I felt just ok. I didn't even make it through the morning Gathering before my migraine came back. I was honestly contemplating taking an Uber back to the hotel and skipping out on day 2. But I gave Africa a try and sure enough by the end I felt like I was about to pass out. Somehow I found some friends and went with them to International Ministries but spent the first half of that time slot in the bathroom ready to puke. I was beyond disoriented and so dizzy. I honesty only went back to the room to get my things and leave. There I talked with a woman at Global Initiative. We talked about Islam and how sad it is that the Quran offers no hope or comfort to Muslims, but then they find the Bible and it gives them everything they're looking for and then some! Y'all, I kid you not, by the end of the conversation, there was not even a slight trace of a headache. It was just gone! Upon leaving that room, I kept hearing "Syria, Syria, Syria" over and over again like a heartbeat. I mean it literally felt like my heart was beating for Syria. Mind you, we hadn't even discussed Syria in our conversation.
Next, we went to Eurasia and if you went in there then you know what I'm talking about, women sat in the back. When I go to church I always sit front and center. I had never thought about it before, but what an amazing privilege I have as a Christian woman to sit wherever I want without needing to be with a man. How amazing is it that there are no second class citizens in to Jesus?!? We are all totally equal! Upon leaving that room, I felt completely refreshed, but this time the phrase "Jesus champions women" replayed over and over again in my head.
Fast forward to the next Gathering, and I'm all in. Like yes God, HERE AM I SEND ME!! So pumped!! I mean if you were there, you know how electric the room was in those moments! And while I was there, God so clearly told me that He wants me to work with Syrian women. Like what? Yes. But what? I didn't even know how to feel cause I was so shocked. I'm totally on a Jesus high heading home that night, when I get a call from my friends who had borrowed my car so they could leave early. My car just died on them in the real sketch part of Houston, so I get to them as fast as I can and so do some of the guys. Normally, I'd be stressed out to the max, because this was the 4th time in less than a year where I have had to call AAA and get a tow. But there was such a peace over me to the point where all I could do was laugh. Satan was clearly trying so hard to keep me from TWMS. But finances didn't stop me, sickness didn't stop me, so I was not about to let my dead car stop me. Like nice try there bud. Lol
The next day I woke and made my way to the GRB. As excited as I was I could not focus on the message of the first Gathering. I could not get the previous day out of my head. How I sat still for 2 hours I have no idea. Yet somehow in all the excitement, I felt a sense of calm as God told me this: "the Syrians I have called you to love are not a burden, but rather a blessing. They were inaccessible so I brought them to you and the rest of the world. Be a blessing onto them"
I'm still dumbfounded by all these events that took place in less than 24 hours. Now I get why Satan was trying so hard to keep me from TWMS. God revealed so much to me and I'm not even sure why me. But I know that He is making a way for me just like He already has. GOD IS SO GOOD!!!!!
Idaho State University
As I began my first year of college I was in a bad place. I had been struggling for most of high school. The past five years has been full of ups and downs as I have lost people that were really close to me as well as being hurt by the people I love. I came to the World Mission Summit in a lot of pain and state of depression. As the conference went on I started to feel closer to God again. On the last night while I was getting prayer God took all that pain away. God broke my chains and filled my heart with joy again. He showed me that He was always with me and never left me even though I didn't want anything to do with him. God really showed me that no matter what is going on in life, no matter how much we push away he will never leave our side.
The Evergreen State College
God is so good! Since coming home from The Summit, 2 students baptized in the Spirit. Gifts manifesting. Laid hands on two people and God healed them, one with back and breathing issues. The other with gall bladder pain. God moving powerfully at The Evergreen State College.