We just finished up our introduction night to the next Alpha course. It was amazing. We ended up renting a "party" room complete with poorly drawn images on the walls, blacklights, disco ball, glow in the dark paint and a roof made up of bamboo shoots and plastic - and yet it felt comfortable and cozy. I think after living here for a while, the idea of "nice" changes greatly.
In the ended we had 33 people come including us. 20 were brand new and I believe most if not all will come back for the rest of the course. One exciting aspect is that of those 20, 11 were men and only 1 is already involved in spiritual things. This was encouraging since the men here tend to avoid anything that could possibly be associated with God or religion.
Hannah and I are taking some time off before our bosses return to the US for a few months. Because of that the official first week of the course will begin on Friday the 19th of September. Please be praying for this and the time between. We hope that the momentum for the course will continue and that God will continue to work miracles throughout this next course and the people who attend.
Thank you once again for all of you who have been faithful praying for us in our work here as well as the people we're working with.