‘I was failing in life’

“Because my relationship with God changed, my life did too.”  

Leyla came to the United States from Central Asia as an exchange student. She spoke very little English, knew no one, and schools were shut down because of the pandemic.    

“My first year here was not good,” she remembers. “I barely spoke English, and I was failing not only most of my classes at school, but I was failing in life.“   

Leyla missed her mother and sister, her familiar culture, and she mourned a difficult relationship with her father, who had left their family years before.  

While her host family brought her along to church and youth activities, she seemed disengaged and disinterested in these experiences. Until the church offered Alpha Youth.   

“Alpha was a safe space for Leyla to bring her honest questions,” said Tom, one of the church’s student leaders. “She realized she could connect her real-life story, experience, and pain to her faith, and Jesus had something to say about it.”

“Because my relationship with God changed, my life did too.”  

– Leyla

“At Alpha, I not only had a great time, but it also helped me to stop feeling like I’m not enough, or I am a lost cause,” said Leyla. “It helped me to build a relationship with God. And because my relationship with God changed, my life did too.”   

Shelbi, Leyla’s other Alpha Youth leader shared, “One night, Leyla had an experience with the Holy Spirit which looked like an outpouring of his grace to be able to forgive her dad and go on the journey of mending that relationship. It’s been a complete and total transformation in her life.”   

Leyla experienced healing through Jesus, and she is now a leader in the student ministry. She regularly prays for other students and shares her testimony with other groups.  

“She is there every week, and she recently participated in a local outreach,” said Tom. “She is dedicated, wanting to learn, hungry, and committed.”   

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This track is full of amazing main-stage speakers who will showcase the power of prayer in every generation, equip you to live a naturally supernatural life and train you to heal as Jesus did. Senior pastors, church leaders, non-profit leaders, this track is you!

Workshops in this Track

Learnings from Asbury on the Power of Prayer

Speaker: Angela Chadwick, Global Director of Prayer, Alpha USA

Alpha’s Global Director of Prayer will interview some of the spiritual leaders involved in the Asbury revival where a chapel worship service caught the attention of our country. You’ll hear stories of how the students were deeply moved by God through the simplest forms of worship and how the leaders made sure the only celebrity on stage was Jesus. You’ll also be amazed by the powerful breakthroughs in young people’s lives through the gentlest of prayers.

Additionally, we will explore how the resurgence of faith in one small American town is relevant to every person in the Church and how it shapes how we share the good news in a good way with this generation.

How to Facilitate Eternal Connections with Jesus

Speaker: Danielle Strickland, Spiritual Leader, Justice Advocate, Communicator, Peacemaker

Encounter is God’s favorite way to spiritual revelation. Why do we emphasize information-formation as our primary means of discipleship? What if we put more time, energy, and effort into facilitating more encounters? Be prepared to discuss together how cultivating curiosity becomes a means to do just that. We will talk techniques, experiences, and new ideas.

Everyday Miracles

Speakers: Dr. Chloe Swart, Associate National Director for Alpha UK, and Dr. Russo Swart, New Wine Cymru Prophetic and Healing Team

This workshop will look at how to heal the sick as a part of our everyday missional lives. Following Chloe’s PhD studying healing miracles in Wales, Chloe found that Christians in Wales were praying for their friends, family, and colleagues, in the gym, in the supermarket, at work; wherever they found themselves, as well as in church services, and Alpha courses. Healing is a missional tool that points toward Jesus. Unpack the theology of healing, while also hearing very practical teaching and demonstration of how to heal the sick in an everyday way.

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