My Greatest Adventure

My Greatest Adventure

Bear Grylls

Finding a simple faith that empowers my life? To me, that’s been my greatest adventure.

Over the past few years Bear Grylls has become the embodiment of adventure and outdoor survival in the public imagination. A former reservist in the SAS, Bear has climbed Everest, navigated the Northwest Passage and Paramotored over the Himalayas. 

As well as being an adventurer, writer and television presenter, Bear is a former guest on Alpha and is sharing his story with the world as part of our global invitation to explore faith.

Whether it’s from the streets of the Philippines or the sidewalks of New York it’s great to be reminded that everyone’s journey is different, and everyone’s story is unique.

Here at Alpha we get the privilege of hearing stories from all around the globe – just a few of which are featured here in this Blog. From Tekila in London, to José Henriquez Gonzalez in Chile there’s no shortage of tales of hope, faith and exploration that we stumble across.

Bear’s is one of millions of different stories of exploration—of asking life’s biggest questions without knowing what will be found. Despite a life characterised by risk, danger and the unknown, it is this exploration that he describes as his ‘greatest adventure’. Watch Bear's story:

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Ntlahla’s Story

Ntlahla’s Story

Ntlahla grew up in the Eastern Cape and rarely saw his father, a mineworker, who would come home for Christmas. His father died when he was fourteen years old, only a few months after losing his sister also.

Broken, he turned to drinking and girls for comfort as all hope seemed lost.

Years later Ntlahla discovered Jump Start, a program helping the youth in schools. Jump Start teaches chess to young people as a vehicle for teaching the Gospel message and issues of identity. They also use Alpha to help young people explore the Christian faith. It was in this context that Ntlahla discovered a personal relationship with Jesus Christ for the very first time.

In 2015 Ntlahla started University and was full of hope about his future. However the money he had for his fees was stolen. Disappointed and wondering how God could allow this he returned home without completing his studies.

Ntlahla returned to Alpha, this time as a leader. He was baptised and heard God's voice for the first time: “I am a loving Father,” he heard God say, “and I love you.”

Today Ntlahla is working with Alpha in schools, and running chess programs. He is living up to his coming-of-age name “Jongimveli”, meaning “take care of the youth.” Because of Jesus’ work in his life he is living as a father to this fatherless generation.

Watch Ntlahla's story here: 

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