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More than 29 million people can tell a story of Alpha – each one unique, personal and life-changing. You make this possible through your support and prayers. Together, we aim to see one million Alpha stories in Australia by 2023 – stories of people like Tadros, Sandro and Nalini, who shared their experiences.
Tadros and his family left their lives in Egypt behind and came to Australia as asylum seekers. “It was very humiliating for me and for my kids,” he says of the difficult decision to leave their home. “[My children] had life, they had money, they had everything, friends and family. And then they [had] nothing.”
At this low ebb, Tadros says he stumbled on an Alpha group coordinated by Sandro and Nalini (see next story) – and everything changed. He was out walking with a friend, trying to clear his head, when something caught his eye.
“We [saw] something interesting happening in this place. I knocked on the door and then Nalini opened it with a smile. I asked her, ‘What are you doing? What are you talking about?’
“In a peaceful way, she replied, ‘We are talking about Jesus.’
“I was thinking of my pain… of my kids; I was thinking about how I get through this tough time in my life,” Tadros says. “I felt something strange… I felt not alone. I believe the Holy Spirit was there and I didn’t stop crying. I don’t know why. I felt like He found me.”
Sandro & Nalini's story
Sandro and Nalini run an Alpha at a local café in Melbourne where they share a good meal, a good coffee and plenty of good laughs – and that’s even before they start a discussion about the adventure of life in Christ.
“A good atmosphere breaks down walls, breaks barriers,” Nalini says. “Being able to come into a warm, welcoming, friendly environment with people who are rooting for you and want to see the best for you [makes a difference].”
Sandro says, “Helping people feel relaxed and open to a genuine discussion takes teamwork. We’ve got the whole café, we have a whole team that turns up at 6 pm and we rearrange the whole place… people come in and they’re like, ‘Wow, this is amazing!’”
“A highlight for me with running Alpha,” says Nalini, “has been to see the journey of those who attend. They come week one [with their] guard up. Week two, they see a familiar face – there’s that connection and there’s already a little bit of laughter and a little bit of banter before it starts. Week three, they’re the noisiest ones at the table!”
For more Alpha stories, visit alpha.org.au/stories.