Rev. David Ebenezer Ordained in St. Mark’s Church, Menouf

Ordination of Rev. David Ebenezer

St. Mark’s Church, Menouf

4:00 PM, 9 December 2018

On the 9th of December, it was our joy to ordain Rev David Ebenezer to the Sacred Order of Priesthood within the Worldwide Anglican Communion. Rev Ebenezer, his wife Elizabeth, and their two children moved to Menouf 4 months ago, and have been faithfully serving the congregation there ever since. We were so excited to see Rev. David be officially confirmed in this role.

Rev. David brings such depth and experience to this role, having pastored and studied in multiple countries and in many positions. He also has specific education for serving the healthcare community in a pastoral way—what a wonderful fit to serve our community in Menouf, which is largely made up of those serving in Harpur Memorial Hospital! Rev. David is compassionate, knowledgeable, and passionate, and we know he will make a wonderful impact as he serves the Lord in Menouf.

Please prayer for Rev. David (known to many as “Eby”) and his family. Pray that the Lord would bless them in their ministry, strengthen them in their relationship with the Lord, and use them to build up of the Church of Christ through their service.

Rishop Mouneer, Bishop Samy, Canon Hany, and Rev Kerry pray for Rev David

Brand New Nursing School Building in Menouf

On Sunday, 9 December, we celebrated the opening of a brand-new nursing school building in Menouf! This beautiful building will allow for expanded educational opportunities for nurses-in-training at Harpur Memorial Hospital, Menouf. We are thrilled to be able to equip these nurses to serve their patients with excellence, as many of the nurses previously working in the hospital had no formal medical training.

The ceremony was filled with gratitude to the Lord for his faithfulness, and the school is truly a testimony to the steadfastness of the Lord and the commitment of His servants in Menouf.

Mrs. Rebecca Thompson, co-founder of the nursing school, gave a short speech in which she shared a bit of the nursing school’s history. Bishop Mouneer gave a short talk in which he praised the dedication of the nurses: “I asked some of the nurses, would you like to be doctors? And they said “No! We want to be nurses.” This is wonderful. It it so important to have people who are proud to be nurses, because we need good nurses!”

Mrs. Rebecca Thompson spoke of the Lord’s faithfulness over the last 10 years!

            We are so grateful to Embrace the Middle East (representative pictured here with the nursing students) and other partners for their support in bringing about this dream.

 

 

(Left) We also had the opportunity to honor and pray for the architects, contractors, and engineers of the project. We thank these men for all the hard work they put into the new building.

 

At the end of the ceremony, we celebrated with cake and toured the beautiful new building! (Pictures below)

 

 

 

Great Classroom Space!

A truly hands-on approach to learning will help these nurses be well-equipped for the medical field.

Brand-new computer lab!

 

Please pray for:

  • The Nurses-in-training: that God would equip their hearts and minds with the perseverance and focus to complete their schooling!
  • All the staff and faculty of the nursing school and the hospital, especially Nurse Rachel (director of the nursing school) and Dr. Samir, director of the hospital.

2 New Surgeons Graduate from the PAACS Program in Menouf!

Dr. Amgad Amir, New Graduate!

Dr. Nayer Naiem, New Graduate!

On Sunday, 9 December, Dr. Nayer Naiem and Dr. Amgad Amir graduated from the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) residency training program at Harpur Memorial Hospital, Menouf! It was an amazing and encouraging ceremony attended by friends and family of these doctors, as well as special guests from all over the world, who travelled to Menouf to celebrate the hard work of these two men, and the faithfulness of God to the PAACS Program. The ceremony included Bible readings, and praise songs in different languages: a wonderful reminder that all of the new doctors’ hard work is for the glory of God! Dr. Nayer and Dr. Amgad were the 80th and 81st graduates from the PAACS program, and by the end of the year, the PAACS program will have graduated 88 African surgeons. Praise God for his faithfulness!

PAACS began in 1996 with the vision of Dr. David Thompson, an American doctor with a heart for equipping African surgeons. Their vision and purpose are to “enable doctors who qualify to experience the same kind of surgical training that doctors in America and Canada receive and develop in them a commitment to serve rich and poor alike with the love of Christ.” We were especially honoured to have Dr. David Thompson and his wife, Rebecca, present at this ceremony.

Dr. David Thompson, PAACS Founder

Dr. Sherif Hanna, the PAACS Assistant Program Director, gave the main speech at the ceremony. Dr. Sherif spoke about the importance of servant leadership as a fundamental characteristic of the Christian life and encouraged the new doctors to embrace and seek humility at every turn. He reminded us that even Jesus, who is God himself, “did not come to be served, but to serve…” (Mark 10:43, NIV).

Dr. Sherif Hanna delivering the “Charge to the Graduates”

After the presentation of the diplomas, the new doctors were given an opportunity to respond. Both Dr. Nayer and Dr. Amgad expressed immense gratitude to the PAACS faculty and staff, the Harpur Memorial Hospital staff, their families, and most importantly the Lord for sustaining them throughout the demanding years of the PAACS program. In his response, Dr. Amgad said, “Before we came here, I was struggling to learn and progress. I had to travel from my town to another one to gain some experience, experience which is very difficult to acquire as most surgeons working for themselves, and not interested in teaching…[but] When I joined PAACS I met professors pushing me to succeed and ready to give me all their knowledge and skills. Dr. David, Dr. Sherif, Dr. Shady, and Dr. Todd taught me not only excellent surgical skills but also humility, patience and to glorify God in every action.

Bishop Mouneer, who spent almost 20 years of his life living in Menouf with his family serving as a surgeon and as Hospital Director, delivered a short meditation on John 13:3-10, where Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. Bishop Mouneer also emphasized the importance of humility in our lives, especially as a surgeon. Afterwards, he prayed for the doctors, along with Bishop Samy and Canon Hany.

Bishop Mouneer, Bishop Samy, and Canon Hany pray for the new graduates

The entire ceremony concluded with a foot-washing of the graduates by their professors and teachers, a beautiful example of the theme of the day: servant leadership.

Dr. David Thompson washes the feet of Dr. Nayer

Dr. Sherif Hanna washes the feet of Dr. Amgad

Both Dr. Nayer and Dr. Amgad will serve at Harpur Memorial Hospital in Sadat City, as they seek to humbly love and serve their fellow Egyptian neighbours through medicine, applying everything they have learned over the last 5 years.

Please join us in praying for these two new doctors and their families as they jump into this new adventure. Please also pray for the ongoing work of the Lord at Harpur Memorial Hospital, Menouf and Harpur Memorial Hospital, Sadat.

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