While living in England, Sandro was initially skeptical about Christianity. He was invited along to Alpha which at first he described as ‘sketchy’, but it wasn’t long before questions began to well up and his perspective began to change. Read on as Sandro shares his story...
Looking back, my faith journey developed as a result of Alpha but at the time I had no idea what it was. I just remembered it was held in a cold, dingy church.
I grew up in a church where we didn’t open the bible. Everything was pretty much said to you.
“I was unaware I had the right to ask questions. I had no idea it was about relationship.”
When I first started Alpha, I thought to myself “oh this is a bit sketchy, I am just going to do it out of respect for the Pastor who invited me to come along.” I made the conscious decision that I wouldn’t ask anything, I was just going to sit and listen - that was it.
The truth was I had questions deep inside me. Questions that many people have – ‘Is there more to life than this?’ ‘Is God really who He says He is?’ ‘Why should I go to church?’
By attending Alpha, I had the opportunity to really explore these questions and that’s when things started to make sense to me. I finally understood who God was and I started to see myself the way He saw me.
After I got saved, my family and I joined a church in Central London. We began serving where we could and that’s when everything I had learned in Alpha became cemented in my heart.
The thing I like about Alpha is it’s very laid back. You don’t have to say anything if you don’t want to but there’s also plenty of opportunity to share your own thoughts, beliefs and experiences.
“At Alpha, you can feel at ease to ask any question you like.”
Now as an Alpha leader here in Australia, I love taking people on this journey of exploring faith. By providing a fun, relaxed environment and building relationship with guests, we have seen many lives transformed.