"This Is a Gift the Lord Has Sent us...."
-A GAT attendee in Uganda
Invited by Bishop George Erwau to come and train his diocese in Uganda, a team of 5 went from the US, partnering with key leaders in Uganda to do a Global Alpha Training event in June. Through small groups, role playing, skits, demos of actual Alpha teaching, training in how to teach Alpha, demonstrations of what to do and what not to do, preparations for an Alpha Day, wonderful worship and devotions, they saw the Lord equip 36 leaders.
After a lengthy session on the challenges to localize Alpha, the group concluded, “this is a gift the Lord has sent us. The “A” in Alpha is for Africa!” One woman repented, “We need to change. We have not been talking with our neighbors who are not Christians.” On the final day, detailed plans and timelines were developed by each archdeaconry. A spirit-filled commissioning service was held. On Sunday many congregations in this diocese of 350,000+ received the first notice of plans for Alpha.
Since the training, the first registered Alpha course from those involved has started with 40 guests.
May the Lord richly bless this carrying forth of the Gospel in the Diocese of Soroti.
(Article and photos submitted by Clark Smith, Savannah, GA)