Midway through the Alpha Course, there is a special weekend retreat called the Holy Spirit weekend. For cultural and logistical reasons, we compress the weekend into a single day retreat. We were concerned that the terrorist events last Friday would impact attendance, but we felt it was important to go ahead on Saturday as planned without canceling or postponing it. Throughout the day, we had a total of seventeen people show up.
Our day included three different times of teaching and discussion interspersed with games and fun activities. We also offered a full complement of meals. For breakfast, we had French pastries, lunch was meat sandwiches and fries, and dinner was Toh, a Malian favorite made with millet and sauce made of boabob leaves. Everyone was very excited when they found out we were having Toh.
It was a long day that started at 9am and went until 8pm. But everyone was very attentive and responsive. The teaching times brought some interesting new ideas and the discussion times were lively. At the end of the retreat, we invited people to come to us for private prayer if desired. One man asked us to pray for him to change his life. He was eager to accept Jesus as his personal Savior and begin a new life. At the beginning of the Alpha Course, this man was a very devout Muslim and resistant to Christianity. Today, he is a fellow believer in Jesus. Please celebrate with us and hold him up in prayer as he begins his new walk with the Lord. In addition, there are three other men that are showing more and more interest each week. Please pray with us that the truth will be revealed and received and they too can begin a new life in Christ.
We still have four weeks left for this Alpha Course. This course has been very productive and we’re seeing great things coming from it. Although the soil appears hard upon first glance, seeds are being planted and are beginning to grow.