Alpha on the Streets

Alpha on the Streets

Kuala Lumpur

Hope seems like such a distant and foreign word to these weather-beaten faces, to them who have lost everything

In one of the most notorious areas in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, a group of Christians has brought the love of Jesus onto the streets through Alpha, ministering to the homeless, drug addicts and ex-convicts.

Alpha on the Streets is run in collaboration with a local homeless drop-in centre in the city. The centre provides the perfect setting for running Alpha as the homeless drop in daily for meals and to have showers. Alpha is run every Friday during lunch at the centre.

Hope seems like such a distant and foreign word to these weather-beaten faces, to them who have lost everything — money, family, friends, honour and self-esteem — and who are living in a vortex of darkness and addiction that they can’t seem to get out of. It is hard to blame them for not being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

More than anything, Alpha has brought about the restoration of hope in their lives. 

Through Alpha on the Streets, they are given the opportunity to hear about the good news — of a Father in heaven who loves them and has a plan for their lives. Many experienced God's forgiveness and healing power for the first time during the Alpha Weekend and Healing sessions. Week after week, the ardour of God's love never fails to melt the toughest of hearts.

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Sheela's Story

Sheela's Story

 

The idea of running Alpha in the workplace honestly stemmed from a practical reason – late working hours were a barrier to my colleagues being able to attend Alpha at church. It made sense to bring Alpha to the workplace for those who were interested to give it a go.

I remember feeling quite nervous and unsure the first time we ran it back in 2014. I didn’t know what to expect or if anyone would even turn up! ‘Ye of little faith’ I remember a friend saying to me when we ended up with a solid group of about 20 in that first round. Since then, we’ve run Alpha four times - sometimes with larger groups, sometimes with smaller groups - but each experience has never failed to be just as amazing.

The most interesting aspect for me about running Alpha in our workplace was the immediate connection that people made from having something fundamental in common – where they work. There was little need for breaking the ice and discussions took off from day 1 with guests feeling comfortable sharing their thoughts and perspectives.

Alpha in the workplace complements what the church is doing by reaching out to a community that might not have been able to be reached. So many of us know that being out there in the corporate world trying to make it in the great rat race can get tiring and it’s only a matter of time before one begins to ask “Is there more to life that this?” – which is a question that was on the minds of our guests when they came. Alpha provided that safe space for conversations that might not have taken place otherwise.

The most memorable account from a guest for me comes from a guy who had attended our first ever run of Alpha. Post-Alpha, he told us that while was hesitant initially about the whole idea, eventually the weekly sessions became a place of refuge for him in the busyness of work. He said that it was a truly unexpected experience - “Work is what I had associated with stress and a lack of peace but through Alpha, work became a place I found hope, peace and faith.”

It’s not smooth sailing all the time but it is stories like this and many more of that nature that remind me that even if it’s for one person each round, it’s still worth it. And I’d just love to encourage anyone who’s thinking about it to just give it a go! The training and material make the process really simple to get started. Your adventure of a lifetime in running Alpha is just around the corner… trust me, it’s worth it!

Work is what I had associated with stress and a lack of peace but through Alpha, work became a place I found hope, peace and faith.
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