CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma has endorsed Alpha, a program aimed at sharing the Gospel in today’s diverse and fast-paced society.
Palma highlighted the challenges posed by a rapidly secular society, where spirituality may become disconnected, but also emphasized that these challenges create opportunities for new evangelization.
Elizabeth Lopez, national director of Alpha, described Alpha as a collection of engaging sessions used by churches worldwide to create an environment where people are eager to discuss Jesus.
The program’s mission is to equip and support the church in helping individuals discover and nurture a relationship with Jesus through Alpha.
“Alpha is not a profit organization. No pressure, no follow-up, no charge. We are dependent on the generosity of donors and funders worldwide,” Lopez said.
Alpha is active in over 140 countries, with 21 in the Asia Pacific Region, including the Philippines.
It is available in over 112 languages, with 34 languages in use in Asia.
In the Philippines, Alpha has been active for more than a decade, collaborating with mission partners and organizations to support churches.
In 2022, Alpha had 5,338 participants, including Ma. Glyzel Estimada, who shared her journey.
Estimada revealed that she had been involved in occultism and had experienced demonic possession.
“Through Alpha, I found my peace and experienced God’s best. My heart opened to love and to hope again,” Estimada said. (CAV)