- What does your religion call God?
- Did the flood happen before or after Jesus?
- Was it worth it for Jesus to die if so many people are just going to reject him?
- Why did Jesus have to die?
Last night was a huge success in my book. We had 11 women and 10 men. Out of those 21, 6 are people that are already connected to the Comunidad Cristiana. We split up into three groups- Tim's group of the most "religious" men and women, my group of 5 women largely disconnected from anything faith-related, and C and Y's group of the 8 "young folks" (19-35 yrs old). Every single person in each of the groups spoke up, and the discussion was animated and intruiguing. Yay!
We were especially excited about C and Y's group. We were going out on a limb a little putting these two brand new believers (is Y a believer yet? not exactly sure) who graduated from Alpha a month ago in charge of a group. And yet we were desperate. Desperation has turned out to bless us, because they are right in their element as group leaders I think. Y loves helping serve the food and monitor logistics. C is laid back, asks great questions, and besides having a passion for what he's doing, really gets the Alpha Course method. They're awesome. We're so happy to see them involved and are praying that this season would be a greenhouse of spiritual growth for them.
We did have one of the Alpha graduates come in at the last minute (just as we were splitting up for discussion). Tim had talked to him earlier in the day about not coming, and mentioned it again. I wonder if all of this would be easier if Spanish was our first language. As it is, we're baffled as to why this guy hasn't understood the 4 times we've directly told him not to come to the new Alpha. Is this God's trick? What do we do? Today I'm more humored by it than discouraged. Who would have thought that the we'd have trouble convincing our druggie neighbor not to come to Alpha?!