Grace Adams, who attended Alpha at the invitation of her pastor, shares her story with us.
What was your life like before you attended Alpha?
It was confusing. I wanted to do things my way, not God's way, even though I was a "born again Christian". I let my problems control me and I strayed away from God and the call over my life. I forgot that I need to trust God fully and I found myself in places and situations where I felt lost in myself. Even though I was still regularly attending church, I didn't know how to get back to where I need to be.
How did you find out about Alpha?
I was introduced to Alpha by my pastor.
What was your experience on Alpha?
When I started Alpha I found people accepted me and gave me love beyond what I ever knew. I felt like the son that left his father's house and when I returned they gave me a feast and welcomed me back.
How has your experience affected you?
I learned no matter how well you know the word of God, if you don't live and practice what it says, it means nothing. I started to live by the word and started praying again. Alpha helped me to renew the joy of my salvation and renew Christ's spirit within me.
I believed before, but Alpha gave me the opportunity of a lifetime: to experience a relationship with the Holy Spirit. I am so grateful for that. I live and move by truth, joy and peace that passes all human understanding and it truly guides my heart and mind. I have a new family - more brothers and sisters that love me. They care and always pray for me: what more could I ask for?
My life after Alpha is so amazing - I just want to go out and tell the world of what God has done in my life. I was destined for hell, even though I was in church attending regularly. Today I work by faith not by sight. God is my everything, I don't have to worry about anything. Doors are opening - I'm walking in favour with miracles wherever I go.
God is good, and I am so grateful to him for never giving up on me, I got a second chance and now Jeremiah 29:11 has a personal meaning for me "I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future".