Global Prayer & Missions Movement: Missions Mobilization


Missions Mobilization: Early Streams of the Global Missions Movement ~ Addendum


Billy Graham Invites Alpha to Amsterdam 2000


Billy Graham, Paul Cedar, Luis Palau, Pat Robertson & the Catholic Archbishop of Vancouver Voice Support for Alpha


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*          Archbishop of Vancouver issues conference invitation

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Billy Graham has invited Alpha leader Nicky Gumbel to speak at a major conference he is organising in Amsterdam [Amsterdam 2000- Itinerant Evangelists], Netherlands, this July. Mr Gumbel has been asked to speak at a workshop on the Alpha course at the conference, to be attended by 10,000 evangelists from around the world. Mr Graham wrote, “Your experience and expertise as a leader will be a great asset to the conference, and participants will gain invaluable knowledge and insight from the content of the workshop.”


The Amsterdam conference is seen as an opportunity for evangelists across the world to come together. Meanwhile, a group of well-known evangelists and church including Luis Palau and Paul Cedar, head of Mission America – have written letters to encourage churches to run Alpha courses and attend training conferences. Their letters have been sent to thousands of Christian leaders all over the country with details of the 25 conferences being held in the year 2000.


Evangelist Luis Palau wrote, “I thank God for the way Alpha is turning the focus of churches on evangelistic outreach. Churches that are running Alpha courses have new enthusiasm for evangelism and are leading people to Jesus Christ... The Alpha course is a first rate tool in our day to live out the Christian mission.”


Paul Cedar [AD 2000 Mission America -- M.A.'s honorary Chairmen include Billy Graham and Bill Bright, CNP] wrote, “I rejoice and give our Lord thanks for the wonderful way He is using the Alpha ministry throughout the United States and around the world.

“Inviting friends, family or work colleagues to an Alpha course is an outstanding way to share the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in a non-threatening environment.”

George Gallup, Jnr., of the Gallup polling organisation, wrote, “Out of England has come an exciting course that is moving churches around the world from maintenance to mission.

“Alpha is a well-designed, implementable course that addresses the basic questions of life for the churched and unchurched alike.

“Through Alpha, Jesus Christ is capturing the hearts and minds of an ever-growing number of persons. The course meets the vital test of being both open and faithful – welcoming of all, while presenting the gospel message with clarity and power.”

In an address to 200 Christian clergy and leaders at Wayne Presbyterian Church, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, Mr Gallup said that polls revealed that in the last four years, the percentage of persons seeking ‘spiritual growth’ had risen by 24 points to 82 per cent.

“Surveys suggest a dramatic growth in interest in spirituality and hunger for God, a turning away from materialism and the hedonism of our age,” he said.

“Alpha is an entry program seeking to get people excited about what Jesus Christ can mean in a person’s life.”

Meanwhile, Pat Robertson [CNP], the influential religious broadcaster and former presidential candidate, wrote of his support for Alpha.

He said, “Alpha provides a unique teaching tool which brings to the new Christian outstanding integration of Biblical truths with practical applications for everyday life.”


Archbishop of Vancouver issues conference invitation


The Catholic Archbishop of Vancouver has issued an invitation to his clergy to attend a Catholic Alpha conference there in July, describing the course as ‘a most effective tool of evangelization.

The Most Rev’d Adam Exner wrote, “Why am I inviting you to this conference?

“The Alpha course has been used in may countries throughout the world and has proved to be a most effective tool of evangelization.

“It gives us practical ways of sharing our faith with others: with those who have never heard of Christ, with those who have fallen away from their faith, with those who wish to grow into a deeper personal relationship with Christ and His Church.“The Great Jubilee of Christ’s Birth is a unique moment in the history of the Church and of the world. “Alpha could be one way for you to answer the call of the Spirit to bring about the new Springtime of Faith and Christian Living desired by Pope John Paul II and to help make your parish an evangelizing community.”




Young people attending an open-air Alpha course in Luanda, Angola – one of hundreds taking place in Africa


Singapore: Around 500 people attended Alpha courses during 1999 in the Anglican church of St John’s and St Margaret’s. The church magazine wrote, “We believe it was the wind of the Holy Spirit that brought Alpha into Singapore …"


Kazakhstan: A group of medical students running Alpha at Almaty University have seen such success with the course that they are travelling to other universities to teach other Christians how to run the course. They have visited a medical school in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and in May they are planning to visit a school in Semey, in the east of Kazakhstan.


Switzerland: Since the setting up of an Alpha office in 1998, the number of registered Alpha courses in Switzerland has grown from 60 to 160 by the end of 1999. With the recent publication of the resources in French, it is expected that many more courses will start up in the French-speaking area of the country.


Russia: Two hundred church leaders attended an Alpha conference in Moscow – and another 150 attended a conference in Amavir, on the eastern coast of the Black Sea – in March…


United States: Press interest in the Alpha course has continued to grow, with an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette describing Alpha as “the hottest movement to sweep mainstream Christianity since Promise Keepers.” An article in the national Methodist magazine Good News resulted in huge interest among US Methodists.


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