St Frumentius theological college’s second graduation

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

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.

Former Archbishop of Singapore Leads Us in Thought-Provoking Dialogue

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.

400 Attend Remarkable Concert in All Saints’ Cathedral

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.

New Prayer Diary: Feb-June 2019

Dear Friends,

Please click here to view and download our new prayer diary, which covers Feb-June of this year. We have gathered together praises and prayer from across the Diocese, to guide and encourage you as you bring our beautiful and diverse Diocese to the Lord.

Thank you, as always, for partnering with us in prayer; YOU are a important part of the work the Lord is doing in and through the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa.

May the Lord bless you this year!

TOMORROW: Day of Prayer

Dear Friends,

Please join us TOMORROW, 30 November, for a day of prayer for the acknowledgement of our independent status as a church in Egypt.

If you are in Egypt, you may join us here at All Saints Cathedral, Main Hall, at 10:00am. If you are not in Egypt, please join us in prayer during this time and throughout the day.

Diocesan Clergy Wives Conference

Last month, the Diocese of Egypt organized a conference for the clergy wives and lay ministers. The conference hosted more than 25 women who are involved in the ministries of the diocese. The main theme was “Closer relationship with God”, through an intensive study of the lives of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. The conference lasted for 3 days. The main speakers were; Cynthia Tay, Bishop Moses Tay’s wife, and Nancy Anis, Bishop Mouneer’s wife. Bishop Moses Tay is the former Archbishop of the Diocese of Singapore. The two speakers were able to open up and share their challenges in their long journeys of ministry with the younger wives. The conference contained time of fellowship and prayers, which helped the ladies to unite and relax.

Let us keep those ladies in our prayers. May Our Lord strengthen them to fulfill His will in their ministries.

The Diocesan Interfaith Coordinator takes part in the African Union Forum

On 13 November 2018, Mr. Seleem Wasef, the interfaith coordinator of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt North Africa and the Horn of Africa, took part in the African Interfaith dialogue forum which cares for the good of the continent. The conference focused on the role of religious leaders in advancing peace, development and inclusiveness in Africa .The forum provided a platform for participants to represent their experience and identify challenges and good practices in the field of interfaith dialogue encouraging specific contributions that religious leaders can make to strengthen social cohesion in African communities in order to support sustainable peace and development.

It is worth mentioning that Bishop Mouneer’s, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt North Africa and the Horn of Africa; international efforts played an important factor in the representation of Egypt in the African Union in the field of the interfaith dialogue; and that the diocesan lay minister Mr .Seleem Wassef is the only Egyptian Christian taking part in this famous African Interfaith dialogue forum.

 

Prayer Diary

Dear Friends of the Diocese of Egypt,

Greetings from the Diocese!

Hope you had a wonderful summer!

We wish to thank the Lord for what He has done with us so far; and to ask Him to bless us to be Christ-like in all what we do according to His will. Please continue to join us in prayers. Please use the prayer diary to guide you with the prayer requests for the different ministries. Let us take time to pray for those wonderful ministries.

Thanks for all your prayers. That what keeps us going.

Click here to get the prayer diary. 

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