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"Love for our Brethren": AFR Interview Introduces New Program

“Becoming Truly Human” is an eight week course offered by the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America to increase effective and relational evangelism, especially towards those who have no religion or church affiliation. The program uses the vehicle of small group discussions and shared meals to help guests to feel loved, listened to, and welcomed.

In a June 24, 2015 podcast, Ancient Faith Ministries President John Maddex interviewed Charles Ajalat, one of the program's founding committee members, about the new outreach. Charles is an attorney, the former chancellor of the Antiochian Archdiocese, and a member of the Order of St. Ignatius. As one of the founders of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve (FOCUS) North America, Charles is a veteran of start-up efforts, and in the interview he expressed his hopes that this new venture will help people "discuss questions...and then want to go forward into a catechism class with a priest."

He added, "We have to have such love for our brethren that we want to make available to them, which we have been given, from God Himself. We can't be truly human, unless we have a relationship with God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. People feel unhappy, and don't know why...the reason we have this program, is that a vehicle is needed, where people can ask themselves the fundamental questions of life."

Listen to the full interview on "Ancient Faith Presents."