Though most people are familiar with the acronym for the Central Intelligence Agency, many students on campus remain unaware of the existence of Yuba College’s own “CIA.” Even though this organization isn’t as famous as its namesake, its purpose may possibly be of more value to the individual.
Until two years ago, the “Christians In Action” club had been an unsteady, off-and-on gathering of students with no leadership. It became a solid organization when a Yuba College student, Jason Smith, stepped into the role as leader. Even though attendance was low, he kept the club intact, and at the beginning of this fall’s academic semester, he passed on his responsibilities to Keith Bordsen.
Bordsen recognized the potential the club had and, after being elected President appointed club officers. This gave CIA the formal structure it had previously lacked. He appointed Vishad Dewan, Vice-President; Elizabeth Breitag, Treasurer; and Andrew Hanson, Secretary. Others who helped get the struggling club on its feet were Tim Colvin, club advisor, and Rev. Dr. James W. Mariner, club chaplain. These two men participate in club meetings and offer their guidance as needed. CIA’s objectives are to encourage and strengthen the spiritual growth of Christian believers, to help them become more secure in their Christian faith, and to find ways to share those beliefs with the student population. In addition to these objectives, Bordsen has his own vision for the club.
“My main goal is two-fold,” he explained on a recent afternoon. “Most importantly, I want us to grow together in Christ, and that will lead us into knowing and understanding God’s Word.”
Another goal of Bordsen’s was to offer students a place where they can go and feel safe and cared for. “CIA is here as a refuge for anyone on campus,” he said. “When they’re here, they can be warmed by God’s Word.”
CIA meetings, which take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in room 1007, consist of prayer, Bible study and discussion. Club meetings allow students the opportunity to ask questions and to grow in knowledge of their faith. All students are welcome at the meetings, and membership includes anyone at Yuba College or the area serviced by Yuba College, as stated in CIA’s Constitution.
Since this is the first semester that the club has been an established and active organization, it hasn’t had the opportunity to put on events or activities; however, the officers have high hopes towards moving in that direction.
“We hope to set up an event in the community that will offer a speaker, music and other attractions,” said Bordsen. “This will give people the chance to fellowship with one another, and share their faith.”
Even though CIA is relatively unknown on the Yuba College campus, it is an organization that has a promising future. Current members are actively seeking to bring young and old alike to CIA.