Three years ago, my Koinonia group was asked to serve in ministry for Trinity’s ALPHA program. ALPHA is a six week outreach designed to connect those who don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ with the truths about God, His Son, and His word. Guests meet weekly in a casual and comfortable setting, are served dinner accompanied with warm conversation, and are treated to an entertaining yet informative video series. Having learned of this, it didn’t take long for me to say, “I’m all in!”
There are several areas to serve in ALPHA: if you’ve a warm smile and have the gift of gab, then you might choose to greet people as they arrive. Or perhaps you enjoy preparing and serving food. If so, you might elect to serve in the kitchen. And every table needs a facilitator to prompt questions and answers during the dinner and before and after the video. Personally, I chose to serve in food prep and clean up, but truly enjoyed participating in dining and getting better acquainted with the guests at my table during each session.
I witnessed great things happen serving on ALPHA that first year. I saw one couple’s marriage restored, and a man accept Christ into his life for the very first time. I saw hearts and minds open, lives changed, and several come to know Christ and invite Him to be Lord and Savior of their lives for the first time. In short, I was able to witness the Holy Spirit working through the dedicated volunteers, as well as the videos. Many of these people have chosen to make Trinity Church a place of worship where they have since blossomed as new Christians, Some have even returned to help out with ALPHA themselves.
I believe ALPHA is a great outreach for those who are lost. My small-group was asked to invite people whom we knew would benefit from attending ALPHA. I invited a friend whom I knew was in need of a Savior, and whom had many questions and curiosities about the church and the Christian faith. Through ALPHA, he had many questions (including some very tough ones) answered and was taught many things. After ALPHA he chose to put his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, thus beginning his journey in the faith. Not long after that, one of the facilitators even volunteered to mentor him weekly which provided nourishment for his newly blossoming faith. Today, he is actively growing through men’s ministry, belongs to a Koinonia group, and presently serves on Trinity’s safety team. I’m proud to say that he is now also my husband.
I have seen first-hand, God’s work and faithfulness through the ministry of ALPHA at Trinity Church. I’m grateful God allowed me to serve in it, and continue to serve to this day. It was, and is, a real blessing to me in so many ways. How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” Romans 10:15
By Jenell Houser