Alpha talks to Pastor Peter Tluang Thang

Alpha talks to Pastor Peter Tluang Thang

Myanmar

I was attending a seminar when I heard God’s calling to serve in Ministry

A Christian for 15 years Pastor Peter has already planted 20 churches. Find out how he did it.

One of the villages in Myanmar

One of the villages in Myanmar

I come from Chin State, a small town located in Western Myanmar. I was raised in a Christian family but must admit that I only began my relationship with God through Jesus, at the age of 17.

In 1998, I was attending a seminar when I heard God's calling to serve in Ministry. Soon after, I decided to further my studies in a Bible College in Yangon for the next four years.

It was during my studies that I heard God speaking to me and drawing me to the Golden Triangle, a province in Eastern Myanmar where I live and work now. It was confusing at the time, but took a leap of faith and continued to listen to God.

In 2003, a year after my graduation, I moved to Mong Hsat, a town in Eastern Myanmar. It was there that I pioneered our first church, Foursquare Gospel Church.

 

One of the churches under construction 

One of the churches under construction 

There were no mapped out plans or instructions to follow. I simply shared the gospel with the village heads, educated the children and provided medical outreach to those in need. It was all through God's grace and direction that I was guided through the whole process.

With God's blessings, since then, we have successfully planted 19 more churches. God has inspired me to share the good news since my college days and I intend to continue sharing and growing His Ministry. I believe that this was all part of God's plan.

We currently have 10 churches running Alpha. Alpha has provided us with an effective avenue in which to evangelise. As of today, we are pleased to announce that over 150 lives have been transformed through Alpha in our churches.

If I were to extend my advice to those interested in starting an Alpha, I would advise them to be confident in God's ability in creating something out of nothing. Do not be afraid and do not worry about what you are lacking, but be thankful for the wisdom and guidance God provides us.

 

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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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