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PENAMPANG – Kuala Lumpur-based Alpha Malaysia was in Sabah for a four-day SINAR Pre-Conference to promote the fairly new Alpha Youth Film Series (AYFS) recently.
The pre-conference started with a luncheon at a local restaurant in Penampang on 8 Oct 2016. Around a hundred people joined Wini Heron, Alpha Malaysia National Director, and Aaron Anand, Development Coordinator Alpha for Youth, for the meal.
Those who came included the Sacred Heart Alpha Team, teachers and students from schools currently running AYFS, pastors and leaders from other churches.
Heron introduced the film series while two students from St Joseph Papar and Limbahau shared their experiences. “What makes my heart leap is when I hear a young person say ‘I can now share Jesus with my friend (through Alpha),” said Wini.
“What makes my heart leap is when I hear a young person say ‘I can now share Jesus with my friend (through Alpha),’” said Heron.
SHC Alpha team has introduced the film series in more than 10 high schools around Kota Kinabalu and Papar since 2015.
Alpha Malaysia has developed a series of training videos on how to run AYFS, consisting of three episodes, for churches across the nation. It is readily available on their website in three languages, English, Bahasa Melayu and Mandarin.
Besides Kota Kinabalu, the pre-conference was also held in three other districts – Lahad Datu, Tawau and Sandakan. All pre-conferences are in preparation for the main SINAR Conference Alpha for Youth and Campus 2016 which will be held on Nov 25-26 in Sandakan.
In his turn, Anand spoke about the upcoming Nov conference which will start with Alpha Party and Vision on the first day, and four sessions plus a workshop on the second day. It is open to all churches that are running AYFS, including participants who are mainly young people. Registration fee is at RM100, and will end on Nov 15.
Heron said that currently Alpha Canada is filming AYFS 2.0, which will relate more to the universal culture rather than just western culture as featured in current AYFS. She called for prayers for the production team who are currently filming in several different regions.
The next conference by Alpha Malaysia will be Alpha Conference for Bahasa speaking audiences in June 2017, in Kota Kinabalu. – Linda E.