The Amherst Project

The Amherst Project Connecting you to the Chi Alpha Campus Ministry at UMass-Amherst

This group is one of several communication tools of The Amherst Project .

Mission: The Amherst Project is an effort to promote, fund, and communicate the vision and ministry of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries in the Amherst, MA area. Shane and Treva Adams along with Dan Johnson pioneered this ministry in the Fall of 2006 at UMass-Amherst to reconcile students to Christ, transforming the university, the marketplace, and the world.

03/08/2019

Bless everyone who prays for us!

Please pray as our semester starts -
08/30/2018
Please pray as our semester starts

Please pray as our semester starts -

Over the summer Shane and I were hard seeking God for our next efforts on the campus. We have seen so much success with Freedom Cafe, it is time to take some of what we have learned from it and call christian students to a higher standard. This semester will be a semester of recruitment, discipleshi...

Interesting talk at Skeptic Week today.
04/27/2018

Interesting talk at Skeptic Week today.

Would you take a minute and pray with us forSKEPTICS WEEKan entire week of outreaches at UMASS starting today designed t...
04/23/2018

Would you take a minute and pray with us for

SKEPTICS WEEK
an entire week of outreaches at UMASS starting today designed to ask and answer tough questions about faith. Several Christian groups have teamed up to reach out with 3 events a day and outreach in between.

Below are pics of students worshipping/interceding for the week at a worship/prayer event last night. Also is a a couple pics of us tabling last week, handing out free coffee from our Freedom Cafe. Also is a picture of the individual talks going on.

Pray that many will come with open hearts and minds. Pray for the speakers from RZIM, the tabling, a Veritas forum on Friday, and for God conversation’s to happen throughout the week.

Blessings on all of you that pray and support our work here.

04/05/2018
Freedom Café

Join us for our open mic tonight as we hear some great acts, along with the Route One Ministry of Springfield. They work with trafficked women in local strip clubs.

Our last open mic with Route One.

Midsemester News From Freedom Cafe! -
03/29/2018
News from Freedom Cafe!

Midsemester News From Freedom Cafe! -

After starting a year with two volunteers and to about 30 volunteers now, the Freedom Cafe continues to grow. We served about 1,500 drinks last semester and we did 10 educational events in our community instilling the importance of being aware of the issues at hand and the role our organization play...

We are so thankful for all of you who think, pray, and support our ministry. We hope you all have a wonderful day thanki...
11/23/2017

We are so thankful for all of you who think, pray, and support our ministry. We hope you all have a wonderful day thanking the Lord for what He has done in your life.

Packed house at the open mic last night!Freedom Cafe was educating people about fair trade and human trafficking. Great ...
10/20/2017

Packed house at the open mic last night!Freedom Cafe was educating people about fair trade and human trafficking. Great performances by students both poetry and song. Lots of non-alcoholic drinking to freedom!

It's been a Grand Reopening! Thanks for making it happen!
10/03/2017
It's been a Grand 💥 Reopening!

It's been a Grand Reopening! Thanks for making it happen!

Wow! What a great month at the new Freedom Cafe! If you have not heard, we have re-opened with a bang! This last month we have served around 938 drinks, yealding us a gross income of $3,310.00. If you were with us for our prior September (2015), that's an increase of 34%! 

A great first day at the Freedom Cafe! Some people drive up from Connecticut and Springfield just to be part of the open...
09/05/2017

A great first day at the Freedom Cafe! Some people drive up from Connecticut and Springfield just to be part of the open! :)

This week marks the first week of classes at UMass. Would you take a moment and pray for our staff and students? Pray fo...
09/05/2017

This week marks the first week of classes at UMass. Would you take a moment and pray for our staff and students? Pray for divine appointments as we seek to show the love of Christ and expand the kingdom of God through acts of kindness, social justice, and proclamation. Our worship gathering meets Wednesdays at the new Freedom Cafe. We are believing that God is going to captivate the campus! Thanks to all who pray and invest in this effort!

After a year of negotiations/renovations, we opened our Freedom Cafe this morning!!! Here's a pic of the space!
09/05/2017

After a year of negotiations/renovations, we opened our Freedom Cafe this morning!!! Here's a pic of the space!

01/14/2017
Still filling up at TWMS4...
01/05/2017

Still filling up at TWMS4...

01/05/2017

Day 2! Last night was amazing and the speaker challenged students to live their lives not for their own happiness but for the glory of God. It was standing room only. 6K+

Pray for more.

More to come.

Shane and Dan

01/05/2017

It's starting! World Missions Summit!!! Stay tuned!!!

We are heading to the fourth World Missions Summit! A gathering to challenge students to give a year to missions and con...
01/04/2017
Join us for TWMS4 in Houston, January 4-6, 2017!

We are heading to the fourth World Missions Summit! A gathering to challenge students to give a year to missions and consider a lifetime. Pray for workers to be unleashed including New England!

Around 6,000 are registered!!!!! This will change the world!

Check out www.twms4.com to learn more.

Stay tuned for updates!

Would you pray for our UMass group?
(Shane, Dan, Olivia, Jay, Hannah and Richie)

The World Missions Summit, January 4-6, 2017 in Houston, TX.

Merry Christmas from UMass Chi Alpha and the Amherst Project! Here's a few pics from our Christmas Party and Bright Nigh...
12/25/2016

Merry Christmas from UMass Chi Alpha and the Amherst Project! Here's a few pics from our Christmas Party and Bright Nights excursion.

May your days be merry and bright and may all your Christmas(s) be white!

5th Annual American Picnic was a great success with around 60 in attendance! We didn't get everyone in the pic. We are l...
09/26/2016

5th Annual American Picnic was a great success with around 60 in attendance! We didn't get everyone in the pic. We are looking for more American Friends to friend them all!

Applications at https://podio.com/webforms/8890483/657198
if you are in the area.

Thanks for your prayers and partnership and more pics/stories to come!

Beth and I just arrived in Springfield MO for our Missionary Candidate Orientation. Onward to a full week of interviews,...
09/16/2016

Beth and I just arrived in Springfield MO for our Missionary Candidate Orientation. Onward to a full week of interviews, training, and great fellowship!

09/06/2016

So much going on. Thanks for the prayers. Here's some footage of the big welcome BBQ the university threw yesterday.

Would you take a minute and pray for these new students?

Also tonight is our first worship gathering. Please pray for new students to get involved and for the presence of God to be felt tonight.

PLEASE PRAY FOR DIVINE APPOINTMENTS!!!Tomorrow starts the craziness! Tons of new students have come to umass and are loo...
09/04/2016

PLEASE PRAY FOR DIVINE APPOINTMENTS!!!

Tomorrow starts the craziness! Tons of new students have come to umass and are looking to make new connections and memories. We are praying for divine appointments. We will be giving out welcome bags to the few students who indicated Christian tomorrow and will be attending events the university is putting on all week to make connections.

Here's a list of OUR events this week:

Tuesday 630-730 human Foosball then
730-? "enter the worship circle/fire pit" an open mic kind of worship thing.

Wednesday is the activities fair and we will be handing out ice pops and info.

Thursday
Freedom cafe walk through of our new facility reception

Friday
Our first stir fryday international meal of the semester

Saturday
welcome back party

So we are meeting new students literally every day and trying to connect, share, welcome, etc. Our services/small groups will start next week.

Thanks for praying! :)

Last night was worship night at the SICM Conference and we asked students to pray about campus ministry. Many responded ...
05/19/2016

Last night was worship night at the SICM Conference and we asked students to pray about campus ministry. Many responded and the staff prayed with them. Pray for these exceptional students who are considering their futures and giving them to Jesus.

Me with a couple of our students at SICM in North Carolina (student institute of campus ministry.) Today begins a week l...
05/15/2016

Me with a couple of our students at SICM in North Carolina (student institute of campus ministry.) Today begins a week long immersion of growth. Pray for Will and Hannah and all the students who have come.

HAPPENINGS THIS WEEK AND PRAYER POINTS FOR US:Please pray for these next two weeks before finals. Students will be stres...
04/20/2016

HAPPENINGS THIS WEEK AND PRAYER POINTS FOR US:
Please pray for these next two weeks before finals. Students will be stressing.

WEDNESDAY (TONIGHT)
-Also, tonight (Wednesday) we are having our weekly worship/teaching gathering and we regularly have seekers and regular folks attend.

FRIDAY
-Friday we will be honoring our volunteers who have served in our Freedom Cafe this school year. Many are receiving the presidential service award!

SATURDAY
-Our cafe folks will be planting flowers at the cafe. Special thanks to Rob Schulze for the donation!!!! Thanks again Rob!!!
-Also, I will be recruiting at Youth Convention for the Southern New England District. Trying to get students to consider going to schools in our area where Chi Alpha groups are.

It has been an amazing school year. I look forward to sharing more stories when things slow down!!!

The picture is an advertisement for Saturday's event. Everything's better with pics right?

Fresh off the bus in NYC with our Mosaic crew.
11/27/2015

Fresh off the bus in NYC with our Mosaic crew.

Awesome bonfire with 6 nations represented last night! Some had their first smore. :)
11/07/2015

Awesome bonfire with 6 nations represented last night! Some had their first smore. :)

We started a new series last night called The Story of the Bible. We have students brand new to the Bible and Christiani...
11/05/2015

We started a new series last night called The Story of the Bible. We have students brand new to the Bible and Christianity exploring with us every week! It's so exciting to see the interest and watch people react to this hope for the first time!

One student commented, "Why haven't I ever heard this? Everyone should hear about this! I'm going to tell all my friends!"

#ilovewhatido #thx4supportingthiswork

Pray for our Gathering tonight for God's Spirit to be evident to all and hearts to be open. We meet every Wednesday at 7...
10/14/2015

Pray for our Gathering tonight for God's Spirit to be evident to all and hearts to be open. We meet every Wednesday at 7 this semester. We are getting regular visitors from around the globe! What a joy to share the love of God to the nations. :)

Here's some pics from last night. We started a 4 part series called "One Another". There are 59 "one another" Scriptures...
10/01/2015

Here's some pics from last night. We started a 4 part series called "One Another". There are 59 "one another" Scriptures in the New Testament that highlight how we are to treat each other.

Last night we looked at "love one another" which is the most prevalent instruction.

Selfishness is natural, but being unselfie is supernatural. Connecting with God's Spirit empowers us to live an others focused life.
We can only truly love because He first unconditionally loved us.

May the God of love exfoliate your heart to be #unselfie today.

Today's homework: #unselfiechialphans
Be focused on others today. Let your attention be on them. Be concerned about how others are doing. Ask questions and don't interrupt. You might be surprised what you learn.

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