News – The Diocese of Egypt http://dioceseofegypt.org Sun, 14 Jun 2020 09:00:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 177923883 Congratulations to Bishop Hossam Naoum http://dioceseofegypt.org/congratulations-to-bishop-hossam-naoum/ http://dioceseofegypt.org/congratulations-to-bishop-hossam-naoum/#respond Sun, 14 Jun 2020 09:00:06 +0000 http://dioceseofegypt.org/?p=7175

On behalf of all my colleagues , BIshops, clergy and congregations of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, I congratulate you at your consecration. We all pray so that the Lord may anoint you with HIs Holy Spirit and fill you with His Grace as you start to serve […]

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On behalf of all my colleagues , BIshops, clergy and congregations of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, I congratulate you at your consecration.

We all pray so that the Lord may anoint you with HIs Holy Spirit and fill you with His Grace as you start to serve Him as a Bishop in His Church.

May the Lord use you for His Glory and the expansion of HIs Kingdom in this very special Diocese of Jerusalem.

With our love in Christ,
+Mouneer Egypt

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Election of the Coadjuctor Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt http://dioceseofegypt.org/election-of-the-coadjuctor-bishop-of-the-diocese-of-egypt/ http://dioceseofegypt.org/election-of-the-coadjuctor-bishop-of-the-diocese-of-egypt/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 13:29:28 +0000 https://dioceseofegypt.org/?p=7010

                                        The Episcopal / Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East                          The Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the […]

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                                        The Episcopal / Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East

                         The Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa

 

                                        Election of the Coadjuctor Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt

 

Dear brothers and sisters,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is to inform you that we received a Mandate from the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East to start the process of election of the Coadjuctor Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt.

The process will be as follows:

20th February – 4th March: receiving nominations

4st – 10th March: examining the proposed candidates

12th – 18th March: receiving any complaints from excluded proposed candidates

19th – 24th March: examining the complaints

25th March: announcement of the final list of candidates.
Sending CVs about every candidate to all members listed in the Electoral Roll.

21st – 23rd April: Electoral Synod will meet in Cairo to elect the Coadjuctor Bishop.

According to the Diocesan Constitution, the Nomination Committee will be chaired by Bishop Kuan Kim Seng, the Area Bishop of the Horn of Africa, and members of the Committee will be: Archdeacon Emad Basilious, Reverend Steven Griffin, Dr. Hoda Gindi, and Chancellor of the Diocese, Mr. Fouad Michael.

The contact for nominations and complaints will be only through

electioneganglican@gmail.com.

Please pray for the Committee as well as the upcoming Electoral Synod.

May the Lord bless you.

Yours in Christ,

Mouneer

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis

Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt

with North Africa and the Horn of Africa

 

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Gousor (Bridges) Center hosts Christian and Muslim Youth http://dioceseofegypt.org/gousor-bridges-center-hosts-christian-and-muslim-youth/ http://dioceseofegypt.org/gousor-bridges-center-hosts-christian-and-muslim-youth/#respond Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:10:50 +0000 https://dioceseofegypt.org/?p=6837

Christian and Muslim youth who are participants in “Together We Develop Egypt” project were hosted by Gousor Center at All Saints Cathedral. The center welcomes youth from all different backgrounds and encourages them to participate in music, virtual art, telling their own story, and drama. These activities break down the barriers from among the generation […]

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Christian and Muslim youth who are participants in “Together We Develop Egypt” project were hosted by Gousor Center at All Saints Cathedral. The center welcomes youth from all different backgrounds and encourages them to participate in music, virtual art, telling their own story, and drama. These activities break down the barriers from among the generation of young Egyptians.

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Priests and Pastors from Egypt Council of Churches meet at All Saints Cathedral http://dioceseofegypt.org/priests-and-pastors-from-egypt-council-of-churches-meet-at-all-saints-cathedral/ http://dioceseofegypt.org/priests-and-pastors-from-egypt-council-of-churches-meet-at-all-saints-cathedral/#respond Wed, 25 Sep 2019 10:37:36 +0000 https://dioceseofegypt.org/?p=6835

It was a joy to welcome Priests and Pastors from the Coptic Orthodox, Coptic Catholic, and Presbyterian churches here at All Saints Garden Conference Center. The main topic of discussion was how can we put aside our differences in order to address real needs of the people in the streets. Bishop Mouneer welcomed them all […]

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It was a joy to welcome Priests and Pastors from the Coptic Orthodox, Coptic Catholic, and Presbyterian churches here at All Saints Garden Conference Center. The main topic of discussion was how can we put aside our differences in order to address real needs of the people in the streets.

Bishop Mouneer welcomed them all and spoke about professional hazards which happen as a result of practicing a profession. There was a discussion about what kind of struggles that we are vulnerable to as result of our ministry.

Reverend Refaat Fikry spoke about the difference of practice and tradition that should not prevent us from being united in our goal. Reverend Nadar Michelle from the Catholic Church spoke about faith and reason in the current age. All the clergy had a lunch together at the end of this encouraging day.

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Consecration of the Venerable Rajan Vincent Jacob as Area Bishop for Gambella http://dioceseofegypt.org/consecration-of-the-venerable-rajan-vincent-jacob-as-area-bishop-for-gambella/ http://dioceseofegypt.org/consecration-of-the-venerable-rajan-vincent-jacob-as-area-bishop-for-gambella/#respond Wed, 25 Sep 2019 10:29:14 +0000 https://dioceseofegypt.org/?p=6833

On September 11th, 2019, in All Saints Cathedral, Cairo, the Ven. Rajan Vincent Jacob, Archdeacon of Gambella, was consecrated as Area Bishop of Gambella by the Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani, Archbishop and Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East.  The sermon for the occasion was given by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis, Bishop of […]

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On September 11th, 2019, in All Saints Cathedral, Cairo, the Ven. Rajan Vincent Jacob, Archdeacon of Gambella, was consecrated as Area Bishop of Gambella by the Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani, Archbishop and Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East.  The sermon for the occasion was given by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis, Bishop of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa.

A native of India, Bishop Rajan received his training for ministry at Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, and holds advanced degrees in New Testament and Philosophy & Religion.  Before accepting a call in 2015 to serve as Priest in Charge of Christ the King Anglican Church in Tripoli, Libya, he taught theology, first at Hindustan Bible College, and then at the Gurukul Lutheran Theological Seminary, and served congregations of the Church of South India for over twenty years.  In 2018 he was appointed Archdeacon of Gambella, Ethiopia.  He and his wife, Dr Ruby Ebenezar, have two children, Rowena and Ronan.

As Area Bishop of Gambella, Bishop Rajan’s priorities are threefold.  Of first importance, and as highlighted by Bishop Mouneer in his sermon, he will seek to raise up and train Christian leaders, particularly through St Frumentius Theological College.  Secondly, Bishop Rajan will give oversight to community development projects such as a boarding school for girls, a school for the underprivileged, a clean-water project, and small business ventures.  Thirdly, he will continue to promote peace-building through youth ministry and the mother’s union.

May God bless the new Area Bishop and cause his ministry to bear much fruit!

 

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The Dioceses of Singapore and Egypt Companions in a Journey Celebrating 10 Years of Partnership  By Bishop Mouneer Anis With additiona l texts by (retired) Bishop John Chew and Archdeacon Wong Tak Meng   The journey of partnership between the dioceses of Singapore and Egypt goes back to  the  mid -1990s, when Archbishop Moses Tay […]

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The Dioceses of Singapore and Egypt

Companions in a Journey

Celebrating 10 Years of Partnership 

By Bishop Mouneer Anis

With additiona l texts by (retired) Bishop John Chew and Archdeacon Wong Tak Meng

 

The journey of partnership between the dioceses of Singapore and Egypt goes back to  the  mid -1990s, when Archbishop Moses

Tay and Bisho p  Ghais  Malek  came  togethe r to

plan for the second Globa l So ut h  Gathering held in Kuala  Lumpur  1997. This  gathering  had a great impact on th e bishops who subseq uently att ended the 1998 Lam be th Conference, because it led to the great resolution of Lambeth 1.1 0 on Human Sexua lity.

In 2000, Bishop John Chew and Bishop Mouneer Anis were consecr ated as the  bishops of Sing apore and Egypt respectively. They worked toget her with the Archbishop of Nigeria to revive the Global South fellowship, which resulted in a historic gathering for a South-to-South Encounter on a provincial basis, with represent ations by primates, bishops, clergy and laity . This gathe ring met at Ain EI-Sukhna by the Red Sea in Egypt in 2005.

This was an important point along the journey between the two dioceses. At this time, the relationship between the two diocesesexpanded beyond just the bishops, to include the clergy, who began forming beautiful friendsh ip s with one another. This led to an exchange of visits between the two dioceses and the deepening of fraternal bonds.

 

This partnership culminated in the  signing  of a companionship  agreement  in  2009,  between St Andrew’s Cathedral, Singa po re, and All Saints’ Cathedr al, Cai ro, and St M ark’s Pro-Cathedra l, Alexand ria. Thi s companionship was announced officially during the Primates Meeting held that same year in Alexan dri a, Egypt,  during  which St. M ark’s in Alexandria was transformed into a Pro-CathedraI.

The two dioceses also  jointly  facilitated exposu re visits and lin ks between the Chinese religious auth orities and Chinese churches with the Christian churches in Egypt and Africa, a h isto rical and current centre of gravity of Christianity and Christians.

In  addition  to  the  exchange  of  visits,  the two dioceses collaborated in the area of clergy

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training; Archdeacon Wong Tak Meng and Revd Foo Chee Meng visited Egypt several times to train a group of Egyptian clergy as Supe rvisors to provide Clinical Pastora l Education (CPE) for Egyptian clergy, lay ministers and seminarians in the Arabic languag e. These CPE superv isors also visited Singapore to observe how CPE is integrat ed with theolog ical education, parish life and community services.

We cannot forget the great contrib ution and financial support from the Diocese of Singapore for the building of Harpur Memorial Hospital, Sadat City, Egypt. In addition, St Andrew’s Cathedral in Singapore donated a mobile clinic for the hospital in Sadat .

When Bishop Renni s Ponniah became the Diocesan Bishop of Singapore in 2012, he was keen to  continue  the companionship with Egypt. Bishop Rennis p layed an important role in the Global South gathering in Egypt in 2016. It is really uplifting to pray over the phone with Bishop Rennis every now and then. Bishop Rennis also sent Revd Wil liam Mok who currently serves in the Diocese of Egyp t.

The most recent develop ment is the appointment of Bishop Kuan Kim Seng, the former Dean of the St Andrew’s Cathedral and former Assistant Bishop of Singapore, as the Commissary Bishop for the Horn of Africa Episcopal Area. From November 2018, Bishop Kuan will work on behalf of our Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Afr ica. We, at the Diocese of Egypt, can go on and on about this beautiful partnership in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I dare say that the companionship between the Dioceses of Singapore and Egypt is the strongest and the best in the whole of the Anglican Communion! Above all, wethank God for arranging

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the Dioceses of Sing apore and Egyp tNovember 2018 – Appointment of Bishop Kuan Kim Seng as Commissary Bishop for the Horn of Africa Episcopal Area (Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa)Bishop Kuan Kim Seng as Commissary Bishop of the Horn of Africa Episcopal Area with graduating students and faculty of St Frumentius College, Gambela

training; Archdeacon Wong Tak Meng and Revd Foo Chee Meng visited Egypt several times to train a group of Egyptian clergy as Supe rvisors to provide Clinical Pastora l Education (CPE) for Egyptian clergy, lay ministers and seminarians in the Arabic languag e. These CPE superv isors also visited Singapore to observe how CPE is integrat ed with theolog ical education, parish life and community services.
We cannot forget the great contrib ution and financial support from the Diocese of Singapore for the building of Harpur Memorial Hospital, Sadat City, Egypt. In addition, St Andrew’s Cathedral in Singapore donated a mobile clinic for the hospital in Sadat .
When Bishop Renni s Ponniah became the Diocesan Bishop of Singapore in 2012, he was keen to continue the companionship with Egypt. Bishop Rennis p layed an important role in the Global South gathering in Egypt in 2016. It is really uplifting to pray over the phone with Bishop Rennis every now and then. Bishop Rennis also sent Revd Wil liam Mok who currently serves in the Diocese of Egyp t.
The most recent develop ment is the appointment of Bishop Kuan Kim Seng, the former Dean of the St Andrew’s Cathedral and former Assistant Bishop of Singapore, as the Commissary Bishop for the Horn of Africa Episcopal Area. From November 2018, Bishop Kuan will work on behalf of our Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Afr ica. We, at the Diocese of Egypt, can go on and on about this beautiful partnership in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I dare say that the companionship between the Dioceses of Singapore and Egypt is the strongest and the best in the whole of the Anglican Communion! Above all, wethank God for arranging
and sustaining th is very fruitful companionship. :F.

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2018 – The Op ening of the Garden Conference Centre in Cairo, a fully equipped mission centre with 40 reside ntial rooms, train ing rooms and conference facilities. There is potentia l for it to be a centre for youth development projects. It is made possible with donations from Singapore. Singapore also helped to conceptualise this centre.

2018 – Dedication of Alexandria School of Theology (AST). When completed, this school will provide training for missions engagement. Because St Andrew’s Cathedral provided funding, the school’s lecture hall was named St Andrew’s Hall.

2017 – Consecration of Bishop Samy Shehata as the new Area Bishop for North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia) in February.

2011-2014 Clinical Pasto ral Education Training. Archdeacon Wong Tak Meng and Revd Foo Chee Meng trained and certified Egyptian Clinical Pastoral Education supervisors during this four year period.

2009-2019 – Exchanges. Throughout the decade, there have been multi­ level symbiotic cooperation between the two dioceses, for instance, when Revd Canon Terry Wong and Archdeacon Wong Tak Meng played signi ficant roles in the Joint Secretariat for the 3rd Global South Encounter that was held in Egypt; when Bishop Samy Shehata participated in the Diocese of Singapore’s Missions Roundtable in 2017; when the Diocese of Singapore seconded Revd William Mok as a missionary priest to Egypt in December 2016.

 

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Harpur Memorial Nursing School Graduates Its First Class! http://dioceseofegypt.org/harpur-memorial-nursing-school-graduates-its-first-class/ http://dioceseofegypt.org/harpur-memorial-nursing-school-graduates-its-first-class/#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:46:56 +0000 https://dioceseofegypt.org/?p=6617

This Saturday, the 29th of June 2019, we were so proud to celebrate the graduation of 10 new nurses from our Nursing School in Menouf! This is the first class to graduate from the Harpur Memorial Nursing School. We are so proud of the hard work these nurses have put in over the last 2 […]

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This Saturday, the 29th of June 2019, we were so proud to celebrate the graduation of 10 new nurses from our Nursing School in Menouf! This is the first class to graduate from the Harpur Memorial Nursing School. We are so proud of the hard work these nurses have put in over the last 2 years, and it was a joy to celebrate them. All 10 nurses will now begin working full time in Harpur Hospital, Menouf. And because of their hard work, they now have a stable job and a bright future!

So many people are a part of this amazing programme, and we want to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the Nursing School. We were especially excited to have Mrs. Becki Thompson, the founder of the nursing school, with us for the graduation. Nurse Rachel and Nurse Lindsay have spent many hours mentoring and instructing our students, and we are very thankful to them. We also want to thank Phibi Isaac (Translator and Administrative Assistant), Dr. Samir Rizkalla (the Director of Harpur Hospital), and Bishop Mouneer. Without their guidance and support of all of these people, this programme would not be what it is today.

The beautiful graduation ceremony honoured our graduates, but most importantly gave honour and thanks to God for His provision and support of our students and staff. We heard a reading from Matthew 25:35-40, and were blessed with a few speeches which focussed on servant leadership and glorifying God through our service and vocations.  The graduates each received a Harpur Memorial Nursing School Pin, a tradition in nursing schools throughout the world, to signify their achievement which they will wear proudly as graduates and ambassadors of the program. We are so proud we are of our class valedictorian, Heba Mouneer, and our student-elected speaker, Martha Adel! But we are proud of all 10 of our graduates, and we know God will use them to bless many people in the years to come.

Please pray for these 10 women as they begin their service as nurses. Pray also for the  Harpur Memorial Nursing School staff as they continue to build this wonderful programme. 

 

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From Bishop Mouneer: Thoughts on Resisting Cultural Pride http://dioceseofegypt.org/from-bishop-mouneer-thoughts-on-resisting-cultural-pride/ http://dioceseofegypt.org/from-bishop-mouneer-thoughts-on-resisting-cultural-pride/#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:40:36 +0000 https://dioceseofegypt.org/?p=6614

Cultural Pride…A Stumbling Block for Effective Ministry There is nothing wrong with being proud of our own culture and country. However, if this pride grows to the degree that we look down on others, it becomes harmful and hinders a sound relationship between people. It is especially harmful when it occurs in the context of […]

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Cultural Pride…A Stumbling Block for Effective Ministry

There is nothing wrong with being proud of our own culture and country. However, if this pride grows to the degree that we look down on others, it becomes harmful and hinders a sound relationship between people. It is especially harmful when it occurs in the context of Christian ministry.

A great thing about the Church of Christ is that it doesn’t have boundaries. It spreads all over the world and is made up of believers from different cultures, races, sexes, colors, languages, etc. It is always exciting to meet and to work with believers from different cultures and countries. This helps us to envision the eschatological reality described in the book of Revelation: After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9-10)

While we are still here on earth, we need each other’s gifts in order to accomplish Christ’s mission until he comes again. St. Paul said God has given us a variety of gifts in order to build up the Church (Ephesians 4). However, it is often challenging to work with believers from different cultures, because there are many barriers that can hinder such “togetherness” in fulfilling God’s mission.

One of those barriers is found in the development of “cultural pride.” We are all at risk of developing such pride. In my experience, I have seen many Christian workers who initially get so excited about working overseas or working in a different culture. However, this excitement (which some people call “The Honeymoon Period”) fades away after some time. They then start to see the negatives, weaknesses, and differences in the host culture.

Brothers and sisters coming from the West are often well-educated, and used to a more ordered or systematic way of life. They respect time and are more task-oriented and responsible. Western educational systems teach people to develop critical thinking. We in the East definitely need to learn much from our Western brothers and sisters. On the other hand, I also believe that our Western friends, if they are open, will find many things to learn from us as well. In other words, we need each other. It is important to be aware that local people, while they may not have the same standard of education, do possess the wisdom that is relevant to the culture in which they live.

There is always the risk of cultural pride creeping in to our mindset and attitude when we serve in a different culture. Developing cultural pride can happen without our own awareness! This is why I am using the word “creeping” to describe how subtle it can be. Such cultural pride can show itself when our trust in the local people decreases, when we want to do things ourselves, and when we try to control others using our skills or our money. It hinders our duty to develop and invest in the local people.

I have encountered this cultural pride and colonial attitude during my years of service. It is problematic and sometimes destructive to ministries and to relationships.

One time, I was planning to appoint a highly-qualified, bilingual, Egyptian priest to be the Priest-in-Charge of a church which had a tiny English-speaking congregation and a thriving Arabic-speaking one. The outgoing (expatriate) priest resisted this appointment and persuaded the very few English-speaking members to resist as well. They did not want to accept an Egyptian to lead “their” church. However, the Egyptian priest was appointed and proved to be a very caring shepherd of both congregations!

On the other hand, I appreciated what my colleague Bishop Bill Musk did when he became the Bishop of North Africa. He changed the constitution of the church in order to emphasize that the ultimate goal of the church is to see the congregation of the local people growing and leading in the future. He and his wife truly loved the local people and invested in them. The local people loved them.

One time when I was in Addis Ababa, I met a faithful servant of the Lord, Mrs. Hazel Mansel, who served the Ethiopians for over thirty years. I observed how she was keen to always be in the background. She and her late husband worked hard to empower the local Ethiopians. They both wanted to live in the shadows, but they had a desire to see the church in Ethiopia grow. I asked Hazel, “how did you develop this spirit?” She answered, “I look at myself as scaffolding that was put in place for the purpose of constructing a building. After the building is completed, there is no need for the scaffolding to continue to be there. In fact, if it continued around the beautiful building, it would block its beauty.” These wise words never left my heart.

It may be easy to say all this, but in reality it can be difficult to apply. We may experience a lot of disappointments when we work with local people. With a gracious and generous spirit, we can continue building up our brothers and sisters in Christ.

I would also like to mention that local people are well-aware when cultural pride has developed in someone. They can pick up on this from negative speech and expressions of distrust, which immediately create barriers between people. On the other hand, they can feel when someone has a gracious, generous and loving attitude.

In conclusion, we need to be aware that we are all at risk of developing cultural pride and a colonial attitude. If we grow more aware, we are less likely to become culturally proud. It would be wonderful to develop an attitude of servant leadership, following the example of our Lord Jesus.

+ Mouneer Egypt

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt
with North Africa and the Horn of Africa

Egypt, 2019

 

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St Frumentius theological college’s second graduation http://dioceseofegypt.org/st-frumentius-theological-colleges-second-graduation/ http://dioceseofegypt.org/st-frumentius-theological-colleges-second-graduation/#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:34:04 +0000 https://dioceseofegypt.org/?p=6611

We give thanks to God for continuing to bless us with love and unity. Although ethnic tensions are always high in Gambella, St Frumentius’ continues to be a place where every day you can clearly see a loving friendship between Anuak, Nuer, Dinka, Maban and JumJum brothers in Christ. As well as giving thanks for […]

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We give thanks to God for continuing to bless us with love and unity. Although ethnic tensions are always high in Gambella, St Frumentius’ continues to be a place where every day you can clearly see a loving friendship between Anuak, Nuer, Dinka, Maban and JumJum brothers in Christ. As well as giving thanks for this, we’d like to celebrate many other things that the Lord has done in the college over the last year.

 

 

In June 2019, we celebrated the college’s second graduation. This years graduation address was given by Bishop Kuan Kim Seng, who spoke from the thirteenth chapter of John. As well as giving the students a demonstration of what it means to wash feet, he challenged address to go out and love and serve as Jesus did. Four students successfully graduated from the college, three of whom will be serving the episcopal area full-time next year.

 

 

Throughout the year, the Lord has provided us with teachers from outside who have come in and addressed some very important issues. In June, Rev. Dr. Brett Cane came to teach. In September, Solomon Worku and our Rev. Wondimeyu came and delivered some fantastic teaching on HIV/AIDs by Solomon. As a result of this course, many of our students and our priests got out and started teaching about this issue for the first time.

In January, we welcomed Dr Johann Vanderbijl back to the college. He ran an excellent course on Discipleship. As part of this course, our students designed discipleship courses for their own churches. By the end of the semester, the students had produced Discipleship Courses in Nuer, Anuak, Dinka, Maban and JumJum. As far as we know, these are the first discipleship courses to exist in several of these languages. At the end of February, the students left Gambella in February to run these courses in different churches throughout the region.

 

When our students heard lots of encouraging feedback when they returned from their Field Education placements in Feb – March. Many students reported hugely positive feedback, people really appreciating teaching which is more interactive and conversational than they are used to. Jacob, a particularly quiet student who is a refugee from South Sudan, told us about how he had met two individuals from a particular country which is renowned for being hostile to Christians and where Christianity is practically non-existent. These two people have since joined his church and came to faith in Christ.

 

 

We also want to note to the tragic loss of our brother, Ojulu Omot. Ojulu, a third-year student at the college. He was a kind and gentle man who was loved by all at the college. His death was a great shock to all at the college and has been difficult to process. It is incredibly disappointing that a young leader who had solid faith and a real heart for ethnic reconciliation should die 3 months before graduating. One of the small positives to come out of this tragedy is that Ojulu had given a video interview to the college a few months before he died. In this interview, he speaks of the beautiful transformation that had taken place in his life and he calls the church to work for peace and reconciliation across Gambella’s dividing lines.

Please join us in praying that, over the next year, we will see three things happen at the college. First, we hope that our new intake this coming August will enable us to train more people. We hope that this will include the Po and other minority ethnic groups, more female students, as well as church leaders from other denominations. Second, the college has been understaffed for more than two years now. Please pray that God would supply new lecturers who can build and develop the college. Finally, please pray for peace and stability in Gambella town, so that our programs can continue without disruption, and so that we can continue to raise up leaders for our Nuer and Anuak churches who have spent years together, learning to love one another.

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