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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 […]

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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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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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in the 10-year partnership between
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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Vacancies in the Diocese http://dioceseofegypt.org/vacancies-in-the-diocese/ http://dioceseofegypt.org/vacancies-in-the-diocese/#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:30:38 +0000 https://dioceseofegypt.org/?p=6608

Dear Friends, The Diocese is currently seeking male Anglican Ministers for the English-speaking congregations of the Churches below, serving multi-cultural and multi-denominational congregations. These are significant and challenging roles and will involve working closely with the Bishops and others in this dynamic Diocese. The new Ministers will have a mission vision, a heart for evangelism, be good teachers, gifted pastor and team builders with a […]

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Dear Friends,

The Diocese is currently seeking male Anglican Ministers for the English-speaking congregations of the Churches below, serving multi-cultural and multi-denominational congregations. These are significant and challenging roles and will involve working closely with the Bishops and others in this dynamic Diocese. The new Ministers will have a mission vision, a heart for evangelism, be good teachers, gifted pastor and team builders with a strong cultural sensitivity.

  • The Minister for the English-speaking congregations of All Saints’ Cathedral, Cairo
  • The Minister for the English-speaking congregations of St. George’s, Tunis
  • The Minister for the English-speaking congregations of Holy Trinity, Algiers
  • The Minister for the English-speaking congregations of St. Matthews Addis

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact the Bishop’s Office at bishopmouneer@gmail.com for more information.

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EDA invites you to 2019 Annual Gathering http://dioceseofegypt.org/eda-invites-you-to-2019-annual-gathering/ http://dioceseofegypt.org/eda-invites-you-to-2019-annual-gathering/#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:27:18 +0000 https://dioceseofegypt.org/?p=6605

The Chairman and Trustees of the Egyptian Diocesan Association (EDA) would be delighted if you can join them at their 2019 Annual Gathering on Thursday 27th June. The program starts with “Registration and Welcome” at 11:30 am, then Service of “Holy Communion” at 12: 15 pm, followed by “Lunch and fellowship”. The Venerable Rajan Jacob, Archdeacon […]

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The Chairman and Trustees of the Egyptian Diocesan Association (EDA) would be delighted if you can join them at their 2019 Annual Gathering on Thursday 27th June. The program starts with “Registration and Welcome” at 11:30 am, then Service of “Holy Communion” at 12: 15 pm, followed by “Lunch and fellowship”. The Venerable Rajan Jacob, Archdeacon for Gambella will be happy to answer all your questions at 14:00 pm, followed by the 64th Annual General Meeting. All are welcome to participate. Subscribers are welcomed to vote.

Please click to view the 2019 Annual Gathering Agenda and invitation.

The Egypt Diocesan Association (EDA) exists to support (and foster the support from individuals and organisations who have an interest in or heart for Egypt) the work of the clergy, churches and ministries of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, which embraces congregations and communities in Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa.

Please check the GDPR Privacy Notice Statement of EDA, according to the GDPR law; and fill the GDPR Data Request (PDF or Word Document).

RSVP: edasecretary@gmail.com

Location: St. Michael’s Chester Square

Address: Chester Square, London SW1W 9HH.
Tel: 020 7730 8889

How to get there:

  • By Public Transport:

Victoria (Rail) Station is 6 minute walk

Victoria Coach Station is a 2 minute walk

Victoria tube is 7 minute walk

Sloane Square tube is a 6 minute walk.

  • Buses:
    The 2, 11, 24, 38 and C10 buses

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An Encouraging Story From Harpur, Menouf http://dioceseofegypt.org/an-encouraging-story-from-harpur-menouf/ http://dioceseofegypt.org/an-encouraging-story-from-harpur-menouf/#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:15:00 +0000 https://dioceseofegypt.org/?p=6598

( In cover photo: Hany, Dr. Kuhn Hong, and a very relieved patient! ) On the 16th of February, we had a young man come in to Harpur Hospital, Menouf with acute abdominal and flank pain. Hany (our radiographer) did a routine ultrasound and found hydronephrosis (a swollen kidney) and a stone in the distal right ureter at […]

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In cover photo: Hany, Dr. Kuhn Hong, and a very relieved patient! )

On the 16th of February, we had a young man come in to Harpur Hospital, Menouf with acute abdominal and flank pain. Hany (our radiographer) did a routine ultrasound and found hydronephrosis (a swollen kidney) and a stone in the distal right ureter at UV junction. In the US, we might end the procedure there, and send him back to urologist. But, it was not so for Hany!

He rolled the patient over, so he was laying on his left side, and shook and compressed with a probe. In few minutes, the stone dropped to the floor of the urinary bladder, as you can see in the photo (on right). Then he asked the patient to go to the washroom. The happy patient came back with 7 mm stone on the paper, and the pain had gone away! Hany had made a proper diagnosis and treated the patient without performing any kinds of invasive surgery! I just wanted to share this fascinating story with you…

Story by Dr. Kuhn Hong

Prayer Request:

Please pray for all the nurses, doctors, and staff at Harpur Memorial Hospitals! God is doing a great work in these hospitals, but we are always facing challenges and appreciate your prayers.

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Former Archbishop of Singapore Leads Us in Thought-Provoking Dialogue http://dioceseofegypt.org/former-archbishop-of-singapore-leads-us-in-thought-provoking-dialogue/ http://dioceseofegypt.org/former-archbishop-of-singapore-leads-us-in-thought-provoking-dialogue/#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:12:21 +0000 https://dioceseofegypt.org/?p=6595

Last week, Gusour Cultural Center and the Diocese of Egypt were honored to host Archbishop John Chew, who gave lectures and led some incredible dialogue. Archbishop John was the third Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of the Province of South East Asia, as well as Bishop of Singapore. ++John remains a crucial voice and perspective on […]

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Last week, Gusour Cultural Center and the Diocese of Egypt were honored to host Archbishop John Chew, who gave lectures and led some incredible dialogue. Archbishop John was the third Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of the Province of South East Asia, as well as Bishop of Singapore. ++John remains a crucial voice and perspective on the growth of Christianity in the Global South, and the beauty and importance of Christians across the world listening to and learning from one another’s rich theological, ecclesiastical, and cultural traditions. It was truly a joy and a privilege to have ++John in our Diocese!

Gusour and the Diocese hosted two public lectures in the evenings. Tuesday evening, we thought through the Abrahamic tradition and the “mandate” for the children of Abraham (Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike) to be a blessing to the nations. He challenged us, asking how and if we are fulfilling our purpose to be a blessing to all nations. Especially in conversation with people from other (ancient) faiths, he has found it helpful to start with the ancient foundations of our faith and the beautiful history of the people of God. Thursday evening focused on the life of Joseph, who lived much of his life in Egypt! We looked at Psalms 77, 78, and 80, historical Psalms which recount God’s faithfulness to his people through their trials and struggles. Even when we are not faithful, God always is!

On Wednesday, our clergy and lay ministers had the opportunity to have a more intimate conversation with ++John. The Archbishop emphasized the need to “build bridges” with the Church in Asia not by dialoguing around Western theologians like Martin Luther or John Calvin, but by going back to our shared heritage as children of Abraham. He also suggested we pay more attention to biblical figures like Jeremiah, who lived just before the great Chinese philosopher, Confucius!

As always, Archbishop John brought a crucial perspective and greatly expanded our minds and our thoughts. We are so thankful for his willingness to come and to share with us!

Prayer Request:

Please pray for the ongoing ministry of ++John as he continues to teach from and about the Bible. Please also pray for the growing church in South East Asia! Pray that God would raise up indigenous leaders and local theological education for the this strong and important part of the body of Christ and the Anglican Communion.

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Fouad and Mounib Concert All Saints’ Cathedral On Friday, February 1, our Cathedral in Zamalek hosted a once-in-a-lifetime musical event. Egypt’s own Fouad and Mounib wowed the audience with a beautiful evening of entirely original-composition music! A striking combination of styles and tempos, Fouad and Mounib’s performance left all in attendance feeling humbled yet inspired, […]

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Fouad and Mounib Concert

All Saints’ Cathedral

On Friday, February 1, our Cathedral in Zamalek hosted a once-in-a-lifetime musical event. Egypt’s own Fouad and Mounib wowed the audience with a beautiful evening of entirely original-composition music! A striking combination of styles and tempos, Fouad and Mounib’s performance left all in attendance feeling humbled yet inspired, with a new appreciation and passion for art and its power to affect the human soul.

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Mohammed Fouad on Piano; Ahmed Mounib on Violin

We were so excited to host Found and Mounib in the beautiful All Saints’ Cathedral, and the space proved to be a magical setting. As the music rang through the church, the stained-glass chandelier seemed to almost make music of its own, the lotus-ceiling singing back as well. For many people who attended the concert, it was their first time to be in a church; after the concert, many people sensed that our Cathedral is a holy place.

The Beautiful Venue for the Concert, All Saints Cathedral

This concert was arranged and organized by our very own Gusour Cultural Center, which seeks to provide opportunities for society members of all cultural backgrounds to build bridges of understanding, acceptance, and cooperation through art, music, educational and cultural activities. This event did not have a time of discussion or fellowship afterwards, like many of Gusour’s events. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful example of Gusour’s vision of one place, open for all people. In the times we live in, full of polarization, Gusour is taking the opposite approach of many by opening doors, rather than closing them.

Michael Adel, who has directed Gusour for the last three years, was particularly moved by the event, saying, “This work we are engaged in, for a world in which all people are loved and accepted without any condition, is always an uphill battle. We face the challenges of polarization, mis-education, and hate every day. And sometimes, honestly, I feel discouraged. But this beautiful night of music and appreciation and all Gusour events, which are open to all people, motivate me to keep working, to keep striving, for an Egypt and a world  in which all people, from all backgrounds understand and love one another.”

We know that it was our great God, in his ever-flowing generosity, who made this event happen. We are so thankful to our great God for his steadfastness and provision. We, like the farmer, only prepare the soil and plant the seeds of love, tolerance, and understanding. It is God who does the watering, and makes the flowers grow. Praise be to God!

PRAYER REQUEST

Please continue to pray for the important work of Gusour Cultural Center. Pray in confidence that “the Lord of Peace himself” (2 Thess. 3:16) would bring peace, love, and tolerance to our great country of Egypt.

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