Julius's Story

Julius's Story

Nanyuki, Laikipia County, Kenya

I had a deep sense of urgency to know more – about God, life, and the message Alpha was presenting.

My name is Julius Muhanji, and I am 25 years old. I grew up as an only child and was raised by a single mum who saw me through school in Nanyuki, Laikipia County, Kenya. Growing up in a single parent home was hard; I found myself in abusive situations with all kinds of difficulties. Having never met my father, my mum was everything to me, so when she fell ill in 2008, I had to drop out of school to take care of her. It was around this time that a friend from church invited me to try Alpha.

I grew up being aware of God, but my understanding of him had never developed in to any kind of meaningful relationship. Church often just felt like a gathering place to meet people and hear a pastor speak, but there didn’t seem to be meaningful community where I could journey life with others and have honest conversations that offered encouragement and a sense of accountability.

My first experience of Alpha was at a conference in Nairobi and it didn’t take long before I noticed my way of thinking begin to change.

I felt nervous, I was always shy growing up, but despite my hesitation I decided to join Alpha back home. The discussion was very free; I wasn’t used to being in a place where you can openly ask questions. I learnt to trust people and ended up making a lot of real friends and, seeing the growth in my own life, I began to feel like I wanted to share this experience with others too.

I decided I wanted to lead Alpha, and thankfully I realised I didn’t need to be perfect to do it. The Alpha talks on DVD made everything really easy and they gave me the courage and confidence I needed. When the next Alpha started up I decided I would volunteer as a helper and I’ve been serving with Alpha ever since. I have had the opportunity to reach out to youth in schools and slums and have witnessed young lives being transformed through their experiences on Alpha.

Last year my mum died unexpectedly. The loss has left a huge hole in my life. I still miss her, and a year later the ‘why’ question and a profound sense of loss remain. But, I have hope. God has richly blessed and comforted me through this difficult time and He has given me family through Alpha. I still have a lot of questions, but this time I’m not alone.

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Philip's Story

Philip's Story

Lagos, Nigeria

Running Alpha opened my eyes to see the beauty of fellowship over food. It helped me see the importance of sharing our Christian faith & giving people the opportunity to express their opinions.

A friend introduced Philip to Alpha. He decided to run Alpha for his college friends. 

He says, "One of the things which influenced my decision was my desire to see fellow youths draw closer to Christ. I wanted to create a space where we could come together to explore the Christian faith. I wanted to see our discussion progress from civil engineering, football and girls to faith in God. Thus, I decided to run Alpha together with some of my course mates in school."

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Emma's Story

Emma's Story


Within the space of a day I went from being the youngest child to an only child.

After the death of her sister, Emma was left with a huge emptiness. She began isolating herself from close relationships and the more isolated she became, the more difficult it was to re-engage. 

One day, her father dared her to try Alpha. She turned around, took a risk and signed up.

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Xola's Story

Xola's Story

I used to think that God was not for me but for other people

Xola grew up in a Samora, a township in Cape Town, South Africa. With other young men from his community, he got involved with gangs, drugs and was eventually arrested.

While in prison, Xola began to realise that he could not live the life he had previously led.  

Find out more about how he came to try Alpha and what’s he’s been doing each day since then to transform his township community.

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Everywhere, Everyday

We all explore. Every day. In small ways, and in big.

Millions of people across the world have explored life, faith and meaning on Alpha. 


What is Alpha?

Alpha is an opportunity for anyone, anywhere, to freely explore their unique questions about life, faith and God. It is a series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Alpha is run all around the globe, in cafés, churches, schools, universities, homes, prisons – you name it.

The sessions usually have three key elements: 

Whether around a kitchen table, or a quick catch up over coffee and cake, food is a great way to build community and it's a priority for every Alpha.

The talks, delivered live or as a film, are designed to engage and inspire conversation, exploring the big issues around faith and unpacking the basics of Christianity. Watch a talk >

The chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic in an honest, friendly and open environment. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say (seriously).

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