WORKSHOPS

One of the best parts of SCSALT is our Workshops! You don't want to miss them, so use the info below to navigate to your TOP FOUR choices and let God increase your understanding and passion for His Kingdom!

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Block 1

December 30. 2021
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Topical Workshops

Topical Workshops are designed to answer your questions!  Check out the topics we’re offering this year below.

For Women Only Session

Growing up in the church, porn became my secret way to be rebellious and cure my loneliness without anyone ever knowing. This started a destructive pattern in my life that wrecked my understanding of intimacy. Come hear the story of how God freed me from that mentality and taught me how to view sex in a way that does not keep one in bondage but sets us free!

Facilitator:  Morgan Fulton

Location:  Lone Star C4

Holy Spirit 101

Where is this speaking in tongues thing in the Bible? Discover the pattern of Spirit baptism in the New Testament church, the main purpose of Spirit baptism, how to seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit and more.

Facilitator:  Mack Clements

Location:  Austin 1

How to Have Peace in a World Gone Mad

COVID has changed everything. People are gripped by fear. Society seems to be spiraling into collective madness. How does the Christian remain calm, in touch with God, and able to bring peace? The mind is the stomach of the soul. What you feed it affects your health. How have I learned to feed my mind? Come hear how I have learned to feed my mind, face fear and experience peace. What works for me will work for you.

Facilitator:  Christopher Gornold-Smith

Location:  Austin 3

Overcoming Roadblocks in Receiving the Holy Spirit

“OK, I’ve tried to receive the Spirit baptism and I’m just tired of trying. What am I doing wrong?” Ever felt like you’ve found more reasons why NOT to receive Spirit Baptism than reasons TO receive? This breakout is for you. “Is this even in the Bible?” “That stuff scares the breath out of me.” “I’m not sure about the speaking in tongues thing.” We’ll speak directly to some of the most common hinderances (Roadblocks) that keep people from Jesus’ Spirit Baptism that enables a witness.

Facilitator:  Ronnie Hoover

Location:  Austin 2

Thinking About Becoming A Groovy Campus Missionary?

Have questions about doing a Chi Alpha internship?

Facilitator:  Eric Treuil

Location:  Houston A

Windows to the World

In these sessions you will have a chance to interact with missionaries serving on the frontlines across the globe. You’ll learn about local culture, highs, lows, and what God is doing to advance His Kingdom among those who have never heard the Gospel.

Facilitator:  TBA

Location:  Lone Star A4

This is My Story

Choose a “This is My Story” Workshop to learn lifelong lessons from veteran Chi Alpha missionaries.  They have distilled the most impactful truths from their lives to share with you during this new kind of Workshop!  Check out the previews to get an idea of what you can expect with each facilitator.

Ali Buras (LSU)

The Bible says God is close to the brokenhearted but it certainly doesn’t always feel that way for everybody.  What does it mean to walk with God when life is hard or have joy when you feel sad? And how can you find the place where God feels close to you even when your heart breaks?

Location:  San Antonio B

Brian Udechukwu (UTA)

Brian grew up living a life of selfishness, indulging in drugs and sexual immorality until he came to know the Lord during his first semester of college. He was discipled by godly men that taught him how to lay down selfishness and rebellion, and pick up submission and servitude. He now serves as a Chi Alpha missionary at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Location:  Live Oak

Cody Griggs (UALR)

Graduate high school, get scholarships, go to a good college, pursue being a doctor, find a spouse during that time, graduate, be successful, have 3.5 kids, live a comfortable life. And love God while doing it. This was my dream. But therein lies the problem isn’t it? “My dream.” But what happens when God interrupts our scheduled, planned life with another dream that He has for us? That’s my story and it’s one I can’t wait to share. 

Location:  State Room 3

Daniel Young (UTRGV)

I used to think that loneliness was a curse. As time went by, The Lord revealed to me how the Devil has fooled us into thinking that loneliness and depression are our worst enemies, however, the Bible says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” Maybe you’re like me and you’ve gone through seasons of harsh loneliness and depression. Our internet/social media/iPhone culture was supposed to bring us closer together making easy work of the pandemic. It failed. Relationships are more shallow than ever despite our advances in mass communication. Come find out the truth about loneliness and how Christ endured it to bring us into perfect fellowship with Him.

Location:  Houston B

Elizabeth O’Brien (UCA)

I would say I’ve loved Jesus for as long as I can remember. This was a genuine love. Although my love was genuine, it lacked one thing – discipleship. My story is an example of what happens to a life when the love of Jesus is never directed outwardly. Come to hear how Jesus met me on my Damascus road and changed my trajectory.

Location:  State Room 2

James Kuhlemeier (TAMUCC)

Life has become a buffet of opinions, especially in the realm of sexuality. With all these opinions, how can we know what’s right? Does God have an answer for us that can cut through the noise and be an anchor in this storm of confusion? He does and I know firsthand the healing that His truth can bring. I pray you as well may find peace as you let God’s truth set you free.

Location:  San Antonio A

Laurine Ulrich (TAMUK)

Solitude with Jesus was crucial to my walk with God lasting outside of my friends and time at college. And it will be for you too! Come to learn why and how getting alone with God in solitude is so important, why unsurrendered things in your life are keeping you from walking fully with Him, and how to let God purify those areas of your life.

Location:  State Room 1

Lindsay and Richard Baham (Angelo St)

Growing up in a traditional Christian context, we saw the Church weaponize God’s laws to manipulate and bully people. We also heard from those outside the Church that God’s laws were outdated and irrelevant in modern society. Our story is a cycle of wanting to do the right thing without understanding what made those things “right” in the first place, and at the end of the day, we felt helplessly bound to do what was wrong anyway. We didn’t experience true freedom, relationship, and responsibility until we understood not just the why, but the Who behind Biblical law. Because ultimately, at the heart of the universe is not a set of principles but a Person. Let us introduce you to Him.

Location:  Seminar Theater


Michael Tatum (UAPB)

A family shattered, an identity lost, a soul in famine. Listen to the story of how God turned a little lost boy into a faithful son and a brother to many. This is my life, but this is HIStory.

Location:  State Room 4

Paul Burkhart (Alaska XA)

After serving nearly a decade in SE Asia, Paul led a team to the University of Alaska Fairbanks with the express purpose of bringing the gospel to the campus and indigenous peoples. Leveraging world missions experiences and Chi Alpha’s discipleship methods, Alaska Chi Alpha is mobilizing graduates to marketplace ministry in rural Alaska. Come hear Paul’s story of God’s calling from Asia to Alaska, and marketplace ministry where Alaska Chi Alpha is training and mobilizing teams of teachers into villages without a Gospel presence.

Location:  Houston C

Block 2

December 30. 2021
2:15pm – 3:15pm

Topical Workshops

Topical Workshops are designed to answer your questions!  Check out the topics we’re offering this year below.

For Women Only Session

Growing up in the church, porn became my secret way to be rebellious and cure my loneliness without anyone ever knowing. This started a destructive pattern in my life that wrecked my understanding of intimacy. Come hear the story of how God freed me from that mentality and taught me how to view sex in a way that does not keep one in bondage but sets us free!

Facilitator:  Morgan Fulton

Location:  Lone Star C4

Holy Spirit 101

Where is this speaking in tongues thing in the Bible? Discover the pattern of Spirit baptism in the New Testament church, the main purpose of Spirit baptism, how to seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit and more.

Facilitator:  Ronnie Hoover

Location:  Austin 2

How to Have Peace in a World Gone Mad

COVID has changed everything. People are gripped by fear. Society seems to be spiraling into collective madness. How does the Christian remain calm, in touch with God, and able to bring peace? The mind is the stomach of the soul. What you feed it affects your health. How have I learned to feed my mind? Come hear how I have learned to feed my mind, face fear and experience peace. What works for me will work for you.

Facilitator:  Christopher Gornold-Smith

Location:  Austin 3

Living a Spirit-Empowered Life

A brief overview of Spiritual Gifts and learn how to create room in your everyday life to be led by the Spirit. Lab – Pull your sail up to catch the wind of the Spirit and minister to your peers in class with you.

Facilitator:  Mack Clements

Location:  Austin 1

Thinking About Becoming A Groovy Campus Missionary?

Have questions about doing a Chi Alpha internship?

Facilitator:  Eric Treuil

Location:  Houston A

Windows to the World

In these sessions you will have a chance to interact with missionaries serving on the frontlines across the globe. You’ll learn about local culture, highs, lows, and what God is doing to advance His Kingdom among those who have never heard the Gospel.

Facilitator:  TBA

Location:  Lone Star A4

This is My Story

Choose a “This is My Story” Workshop to learn lifelong lessons from veteran Chi Alpha missionaries.  They have distilled the most impactful truths from their lives to share with you during this new kind of Workshop!  Check out the previews to get an idea of what you can expect with each facilitator.

Ali Buras (LSU)

The Bible says God is close to the brokenhearted but it certainly doesn’t always feel that way for everybody.  What does it mean to walk with God when life is hard or have joy when you feel sad? And how can you find the place where God feels close to you even when your heart breaks?

Location:  San Antonio B

Brian Udechukwu (UTA)

Brian grew up living a life of selfishness, indulging in drugs and sexual immorality until he came to know the Lord during his first semester of college. He was discipled by godly men that taught him how to lay down selfishness and rebellion, and pick up submission and servitude. He now serves as a Chi Alpha missionary at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Location:  Live Oak

Cody Griggs (UALR)

Graduate high school, get scholarships, go to a good college, pursue being a doctor, find a spouse during that time, graduate, be successful, have 3.5 kids, live a comfortable life. And love God while doing it. This was my dream. But therein lies the problem isn’t it? “My dream.” But what happens when God interrupts our scheduled, planned life with another dream that He has for us? That’s my story and it’s one I can’t wait to share. 

Location:  State Room 3

Daniel Young (UTRGV)

I used to think that loneliness was a curse. As time went by, The Lord revealed to me how the Devil has fooled us into thinking that loneliness and depression are our worst enemies, however, the Bible says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” Maybe you’re like me and you’ve gone through seasons of harsh loneliness and depression. Our internet/social media/iPhone culture was supposed to bring us closer together making easy work of the pandemic. It failed. Relationships are more shallow than ever despite our advances in mass communication. Come find out the truth about loneliness and how Christ endured it to bring us into perfect fellowship with Him.

Location:  Houston B

Elizabeth O’Brien (UCA)

I would say I’ve loved Jesus for as long as I can remember. This was a genuine love. Although my love was genuine, it lacked one thing – discipleship. My story is an example of what happens to a life when the love of Jesus is never directed outwardly. Come to hear how Jesus met me on my Damascus road and changed my trajectory.

Location:  State Room 2

James Kuhlemeier (TAMUCC)

Life has become a buffet of opinions, especially in the realm of sexuality. With all these opinions, how can we know what’s right? Does God have an answer for us that can cut through the noise and be an anchor in this storm of confusion? He does and I know firsthand the healing that His truth can bring. I pray you as well may find peace as you let God’s truth set you free.

Location:  San Antonio A

Laurine Ulrich (TAMUK)

Solitude with Jesus was crucial to my walk with God lasting outside of my friends and time at college. And it will be for you too! Come to learn why and how getting alone with God in solitude is so important, why unsurrendered things in your life are keeping you from walking fully with Him, and how to let God purify those areas of your life.

Location:  State Room 1

Lindsay and Richard Baham (Angelo St)

Growing up in a traditional Christian context, we saw the Church weaponize God’s laws to manipulate and bully people. We also heard from those outside the Church that God’s laws were outdated and irrelevant in modern society. Our story is a cycle of wanting to do the right thing without understanding what made those things “right” in the first place, and at the end of the day, we felt helplessly bound to do what was wrong anyway. We didn’t experience true freedom, relationship, and responsibility until we understood not just the why, but the Who behind Biblical law. Because ultimately, at the heart of the universe is not a set of principles but a Person. Let us introduce you to Him.

Location:  Seminar Theater


Michael Tatum (UAPB)

A family shattered, an identity lost, a soul in famine. Listen to the story of how God turned a little lost boy into a faithful son and a brother to many. This is my life, but this is HIStory.

Location:  State Room 4

Paul Burkhart (Alaska XA)

After serving nearly a decade in SE Asia, Paul led a team to the University of Alaska Fairbanks with the express purpose of bringing the gospel to the campus and indigenous peoples. Leveraging world missions experiences and Chi Alpha’s discipleship methods, Alaska Chi Alpha is mobilizing graduates to marketplace ministry in rural Alaska. Come hear Paul’s story of God’s calling from Asia to Alaska, and marketplace ministry where Alaska Chi Alpha is training and mobilizing teams of teachers into villages without a Gospel presence.

Location:  Houston C

Block 3

December 31. 2021
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Topical Workshops

Topical Workshops are designed to answer your questions!  Check out the topics we’re offering this year below.

Becoming a World-Changer!

Join a growing prayer movement that is changing the world.  This session addresses developing a culture of prayer with world-impacting results as well as enhancing personal intimacy with God.

Facilitator:  Dr. Gary Martindale

Location:  State Room 1

COVID as a Catalyst

The impact of Covid-19, and everything with it, has changed the mentality of our society, including the students we serve, the universities they attend, the homes they come from, and their prospects for the future. It has changed the church and missions. COVID has acted as a catalyst for changes in our society. We are awakening to spiritual needs. Faith has 20/20 vision that can see what others cannot.

Facilitator:  Christopher Gornold-Smith

Location:  Austin 3

For Men Only Session

Come join us, men, as we address “The Triumph of Christ in Life” – our obligation to overcome through the power of God and the blessings that grow from it.

Facilitator:  Josh Nitcholas and Jonathan Bryce

Location:  Lone Star C4

Let's Talk About Mental Health

A practical conversation about mental health in a world full of stress, anxiety, and pain. Steps to get on the right track and stay on the right track.

Facilitator:  Phillip Deas

Location:  Houston A

Living a Spirit-Empowered Life

A brief overview of Spiritual Gifts and learn how to create room in your everyday life to be led by the Spirit. Lab – Pull your sail up to catch the wind of the Spirit and minister to your peers in class with you.

Facilitator:  Mack Clements

Location:  Austin 1

Overcoming Roadblocks in Receiving

“OK! I’ve tried to receive the Spirit Baptism and I’m just tired of trying. What am I doing wrong?” Ever felt like you’ve found more reasons why NOT to receive Spirit Baptism than reasons TO receive? This breakout is for you. “Is this even in the Bible?” “That stuff scares the breath out of me.” “I’m not sure about that speaking in tongues thing.” We’ll speak directly to some of the most common hindrances (Roadblocks) that keep people from Jesus’ Spirit Baptism that enables a witness.

Facilitator:  Ronnie Hoover

Location:  Austin 2

Windows to the World

In these sessions you will have a chance to interact with missionaries serving on the frontlines across the globe. You’ll learn about local culture, highs, lows, and what God is doing to advance His Kingdom among those who have never heard the Gospel.

Facilitator:  TBA

Location:  Lone Star A4

This is My Story

Choose a “This is My Story” Workshop to learn lifelong lessons from veteran Chi Alpha missionaries.  They have distilled the most impactful truths from their lives to share with you during this new kind of Workshop!  Check out the previews to get an idea of what you can expect with each facilitator.

Chad Tarhini (Texas A&M)

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Your attitude and ideas lived out in your life can change the atmosphere around you. With His Spirit we are no longer a victim but an overcomer.

Location:  Live Oak

Cole Lusby (UL)

In a romantic relationship? Struggling to walk in holiness together? Let’s talk through how God can restore you, and how God has designed you to live in a covenant relationship. 

Location:  Houston C

Cynthia Dobbs (Tulsa)

Is it really true that “God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him?” Can God really make losing a loved one, failing at your life’s dream, living far away from your family, struggling with identity, self-image, pain, health struggles and living in uncertainty – work together for someone’s good? Come hear a story that spans continents, proving that God redeems and restores to the uttermost.

Location:  Houston B

Jasmin Barrios (UTSA)

The Lord has placed eternity in each of our hearts. I grew up in an atheist/agnostic household. As my parents struggled with drug abuse our household was filled with neglect and abuse. In this session I will be sharing my story and how I came to know The God I always knew was real and how The Lord free and healed me from past wounds and hurts.

Location:  State Room 2

Kirk & Amy Priest

Our journey the past 25 years has taken us from the Great Lakes to the Bayou; to Berlin and beyond. Come hear the story of of planting Chi Alpha and the Church amongst post-Christian Europeans and how all of our stories are woven into the greater narrative of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Better understanding this will help you tell the greatest story ever told and also find your place in it.

Location:  San Antonio B

Paul Burkhart (Alaska XA)

After serving nearly a decade in SE Asia, Paul led a team to the University of Alaska Fairbanks with the express purpose of bringing the gospel to the campus and indigenous peoples. Leveraging world missions experiences and Chi Alpha’s discipleship methods, Alaska Chi Alpha is mobilizing graduates to marketplace ministry in rural Alaska. Come hear Paul’s story of God’s calling from Asia to Alaska, and marketplace ministry where Alaska Chi Alpha is training and mobilizing teams of teachers into villages without a Gospel presence.

Location:  State Room 3

Pierce Williams (ATU)

Once I truly found Jesus, nothing else satisfied me or even interested me very deeply. I immediately invited him into my home, and it was the prayers offered up sitting at his feet in my teenage bedroom that restored me and defined me. I was being completely fulfilled and felt totally at home in him. Then, somewhere in my journey, I lost my way. I became concerned with how I was performing and what others thought of my performance. I stopped doing the only necessary thing. Jesus doesn’t just want us to serve him. He actually wants us to enjoy him. The best portion is found in the lowest place.

Location:  Seminar Theater

Ryota Yogo (UTA)

I was born and raised in Japan un-churched, saved in Texas through Chi Alpha as an international student, and now re-planting a Chi Alpha chapter in Arlington. “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” – Psalm 96:3

Location:  San Antonio A

Steven De Los Santos & Isaac McCoy (UTRGV)

1 Peter tells us to “be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”  I remember being in a philosophy class with a professor constantly attacking me for my beliefs, but she was never able to give me reasons for her atheism versus my Christianity.  The university should be a place where the fire is put to all ideas so that only the truth survives.  Sadly, today’s political and cultural climate is that a declaration of absolute truth found in Jesus is not only unintelligent, but offensive.  If God is the source of all wisdom and knowledge, we should have no fear or shyness in declaring and defending reality.

Location:  State Room 4

Block 4

December 31. 2021
2:15pm – 3:15pm

Topical Workshops

Topical Workshops are designed to answer your questions!  Check out the topics we’re offering this year below.

Becoming a World-Changer!

Join a growing prayer movement that is changing the world.  This session addresses developing a culture of prayer with world-impacting results as well as enhancing personal intimacy with God.

Facilitator:  Dr. Gary Martindale

Location:  State Room 1

COVID as a Catalyst

The impact of Covid-19, and everything with it, has changed the mentality of our society, including the students we serve, the universities they attend, the homes they come from, and their prospects for the future. It has changed the church and missions. COVID has acted as a catalyst for changes in our society. We are awakening to spiritual needs. Faith has 20/20 vision that can see what others cannot.

Facilitator:  Christopher Gornold-Smith

Location:  Austin 3

For Men Only Session

Come join us, men, as we address “The Triumph of Christ in Life” – our obligation to overcome through the power of God and the blessings that grow from it.

Facilitator:  Josh Nitcholas and Jonathan Bryce

Location:  Lone Star C4

Helping Others to Receive the Baptism

Gain insights on ministering Spirit baptism from God’s Word and personal experience. Become more confident and effective when praying with others to be baptized in the Spirit. Learn how to host a receiving time in a small group setting. Excellent for campus pastors, staff, prayer team leaders, small group leaders and everyone wanting to make disciples like they did in the Book of Acts.

Facilitator:  Ronnie Hoover

Location:  Austin 2

Holy Spirit 101

What is this speaking in tongues thing in the Bible? Discover the pattern of Spirit baptism in the New Testament church, the main purpose of Spirit baptism, how to seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit and more.

Facilitator:  Mack Clements

Location:  Austin 1

Let's Talk About Mental Health

A practical conversation about mental health in a world full of stress, anxiety, and pain. Steps to get on the right track and stay on the right track.

Facilitator:  Phillip Deas

Location:  Houston A

Windows to the World

In these sessions you will have a chance to interact with missionaries serving on the frontlines across the globe. You’ll learn about local culture, highs, lows, and what God is doing to advance His Kingdom among those who have never heard the Gospel.

Facilitator:  TBA

Location:  Lone Star A4

This is My Story

Choose a “This is My Story” Workshop to learn lifelong lessons from veteran Chi Alpha missionaries.  They have distilled the most impactful truths from their lives to share with you during this new kind of Workshop!  Check out the previews to get an idea of what you can expect with each facilitator.

Chad Tarhini (Texas A&M)

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Your attitude and ideas lived out in your life can change the atmosphere around you. With His Spirit we are no longer a victim but an overcomer.

Location:  Live Oak

Cole Lusby (UL)

In a romantic relationship? Struggling to walk in holiness together? Let’s talk through how God can restore you, and how God has designed you to live in a covenant relationship. 

Location:  Houston C

Cynthia Dobbs (Tulsa)

Is it really true that “God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him?” Can God really make losing a loved one, failing at your life’s dream, living far away from your family, struggling with identity, self-image, pain, health struggles and living in uncertainty – work together for someone’s good? Come hear a story that spans continents, proving that God redeems and restores to the uttermost.

Location:  Houston B

Jasmin Barrios (UTSA)

The Lord has placed eternity in each of our hearts. I grew up in an atheist/agnostic household. As my parents struggled with drug abuse our household was filled with neglect and abuse. In this session I will be sharing my story and how I came to know The God I always knew was real and how The Lord free and healed me from past wounds and hurts.

Location:  State Room 2

Kirk & Amy Priest

Our journey the past 25 years has taken us from the Great Lakes to the Bayou; to Berlin and beyond. Come hear the story of of planting Chi Alpha and the Church amongst post-Christian Europeans and how all of our stories are woven into the greater narrative of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Better understanding this will help you tell the greatest story ever told and also find your place in it.

Location:  San Antonio B

Paul Burkhart (Alaska XA)

After serving nearly a decade in SE Asia, Paul led a team to the University of Alaska Fairbanks with the express purpose of bringing the gospel to the campus and indigenous peoples. Leveraging world missions experiences and Chi Alpha’s discipleship methods, Alaska Chi Alpha is mobilizing graduates to marketplace ministry in rural Alaska. Come hear Paul’s story of God’s calling from Asia to Alaska, and marketplace ministry where Alaska Chi Alpha is training and mobilizing teams of teachers into villages without a Gospel presence.

Location:  State Room 3

Pierce Williams (ATU)

Once I truly found Jesus, nothing else satisfied me or even interested me very deeply. I immediately invited him into my home, and it was the prayers offered up sitting at his feet in my teenage bedroom that restored me and defined me. I was being completely fulfilled and felt totally at home in him. Then, somewhere in my journey, I lost my way. I became concerned with how I was performing and what others thought of my performance. I stopped doing the only necessary thing. Jesus doesn’t just want us to serve him. He actually wants us to enjoy him. The best portion is found in the lowest place.

Location:  Seminar Theater

Ryota Yogo (UTA)

I was born and raised in Japan un-churched, saved in Texas through Chi Alpha as an international student, and now re-planting a Chi Alpha chapter in Arlington. “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” – Psalm 96:3

Location:  San Antonio A

Steven De Los Santos & Isaac McCoy (UTRGV)

1 Peter tells us to “be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”  I remember being in a philosophy class with a professor constantly attacking me for my beliefs, but she was never able to give me reasons for her atheism versus my Christianity.  The university should be a place where the fire is put to all ideas so that only the truth survives.  Sadly, today’s political and cultural climate is that a declaration of absolute truth found in Jesus is not only unintelligent, but offensive.  If God is the source of all wisdom and knowledge, we should have no fear or shyness in declaring and defending reality.

Location:  State Room 4

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