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Greetings from AST,

“As the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.” 1 Cor. 5b-6

 

We are delighted to send our Spring/Summer newsletter which focuses on the exciting new developments at our various campuses in the Diocese. Please click here to view it.

Please continue praying for the spread of the Gospel.

Thank you.

Gusour Culture Center hosts “Arabic Music” Concert on Friday 8 June

Gusour Culture Center is delighted to invite you for a very special Occasion on Friday 8 June. Quattro strings & Oud players “Michael Oncy” and “Fady Ezat”; with the participation of the great musician “Rageh Dawoud” will play most famous Arabic Music works. Following that, “Rageh Dawoud” will be honored for his creative music career.

Tickets: 50 LE. on door.

Facebook Event: Please, click here.

Date: Friday 8 June

Time: 9:00 pm

Location: Gusour Culture Center Theater, All Saints Cathedral.

   5 Michael Lotf Allah St., behind Marriott, Zamalek, Cairo.

 

Dr. Wendy LeMarquand, former head of Mother’s Union of Gambella, receives an honorary degree from Wycliffe College

On May 7, Dr. Wendy LeMarquand was a awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa, by Wycliffe College, an Anglican theological college in the University of Toronto. This degree was awarded in recognition of Wendy’s work among the Mothers’ Union of Gambella in the Episcopal Area of the Horn of Africa during the time when Mama Wendy and her husband, Bishop Grant, were living in Ethiopia. Much of Mama Wendy’s time in Gambella was devoted to helping the Mothers’ Union leaders to learn basic ideas about health, which could save the lives of their children. Women learned stories about malaria, nutrition, clean water and other basic information. These stories were then brought to many local villages and to refugee camps around the Gambella region. Many children’s lives were saved through this programme. Although Bishop Grant and Dr Wendy had to leave the Horn of Africa because of Wendy’s health, the programme she started is on-going and is now completely African led.

In addition to receiving this honor from Wycliffe College, Dr. LeMarquand was also the Convocation speaker. In her speech, Dr. Wendy started by thanking Wycliffe for considering work done with the poor as “theology put into practice”. Then, Dr. LeMarquand spoke a bit about her ministry in Gambella, which exceeded 5 years, to give the audience a glimpse of life in Ethiopia. She explained the generosity of the Ethiopians, who share the little they have with the new refugees from South Sudan, who had no warning of war possibility due to lack of telecommunications. Dr. Wendy also emphasized that the rate of unemployment reaches 90%; one employee would usually supports 16 adults, plus children. “To many visitors, joy on their faces stands out the most, especially during worship” Said Dr. Wendy, who reasoned, “As they know, they are loved; suffering doesn’t destroy their joy”. “Most countries have many dioceses, our diocese has many countries” Dr. LeMarquand said about our diocese, which embraced all the work being done in the Gambella region. Later, Dr. Wendy spoke about her programme, which rescued 50 babies a year by teaching the uneducated mothers stories about primary health concepts, saving them from the witch doctor methods that lead to death of children, and followed by coffee ceremony made by the Ethiopian ladies to reach their friends. Dr. Wendy LeMarquand concluded her speech with the need of a “Biblical Worldview” for effective healing to take place. Her full address can be viewed below.

Bishop Mouneer’s Pastoral Visit to Ethiopia

On the 12th of May, Bishop Mouneer traveled to Addis Ababa for a pastoral visit to our people in Ethiopia. He had the joy of having Bishop Samy Fawzy join him for this trip. The trip started by very encouraging time at St. Matthew’s Church in Addis Ababa, and a meeting with Rev. Roger Kay and his wife Lynn. The next day, they traveled to the Anglican Centre in Gambella, where they met faithful people who are serving there. They also visited two churches in this area. In all these churches, they were thrilled with God’s work in the region and reminded of the true words of Jesus: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-8.

To read the full report, written by Bishop Mouneer H. Anis, please click here.

Free Dental Health/ Medical Camp in Mariam Medical Mission in Tripoli

In continuation of welfare of the community by Mariam Medical Mission (MMM), Poly Clinic, Tripoli, a free dental checkup and awareness camp was recently organized on April 20, 2018 at Christ the King Anglican Church, Libya. The objective of the camp was to provide free dental check-ups, general dental health and refer for free treatment for those patients who required longer-term attention.  Our Senior Specialist Dental Surgeon Mrs. Brenda and Para-medical staff carried out a comprehensive dental checkup on our believers and African community living around the old city. The camp started at 12.30 p.m. and ended at 4.30 p.m.

The camp was initiated with dental awareness talk, educating each attendee about common dental ailments, especially stressing on tooth decay and gum diseases and measures to prevent from them.  The participants were highlighted about the eating patterns and food choices which cause tooth decay.  The surgeon Dr. Brenda also highlighted about the possible formation of harmful acid which develops when bacteria (plaque) get in contact with sugar in the mouth which ultimately results in tooth decay.   On completion of the dental checkup each patient was given a Patient Card, a report summary of the diagnosed problem and the recommended dental treatment plan as well. Further treatment of cases that are addressed during the medical camp by referring to our Tripoli Medical Centre for more specialized treatment.

The Priest in Charge of Christ the King thanked the dental surgeon, Para-medical staff Mr. Prems Matthew, Mrs. Khushnood Azhar Mahmoud Khan and the Council members for rendering moral support and selfless service to the under privileged. This free dental checkup and awareness camp is one of the many free Medical Camps organized by the MMM throughout the year.

May, 2018 Ecumenical meeting

On May 14th, Church leaders met for the fifth ecumenical meeting in 2018. Pastor Emad, Father Francis, Father Khoseh, and Father Michael, represented different Churches the Evangelical Church,  Latin Catholic Church, Coptic Catholic Church, and Componic Catholic Church respectively, with the presence of other church ministers. The meeting was also attended by visiting guests from Holland.

The meeting started with time of fellowship and warm welcome. After lunch, the leaders discussed how can the church practically invest in the society. They all emphasized the importance of the church outreach to the society  according to the commandments given to us by Our Lord, Jesus Christ in His word. However, they also expressed the challenges they face while doing so, and, shared their own experience how they invest in their surrounding community. The meeting ended after time of discussion and question, and prayers as the leaders were eager to learn from each other, blessing one another in the process.

The committee of the meeting invited Sheikh Selim, Coordinator of “Together We Develop Egypt“, to share his experience in investing in the society through the Diocese of Egypt pioneering project. He highlighted that; through the project, the church was able to build bridges with the society; communicating the love God in the midst of fellowship time and growing friendships, and introducing new principles and values- which he called “The Practical Holiness“.

Clergy and Lay Ministers in “Discipleship Conference- 2018”

From 23rd to 26th April, the clergy of the Diocese of Egypt, along with the lay ministers, Bishop Mouneer Anis and Bishop Samy Shehata; shared in the “Discipleship Conference” in Wady El-Natroun. The conference included time of prayers and worship, fellowship and 6 lectures by Canon John Benson and one of his disciples, Samuel Durdant Hollamby, who is a church leader in England. All the clergy participated in the conference including the deaf and Sudanese clergy, to exceed 50 participants. The conference included some visitors from Overseas Council Australia (OCA), Church Mission Society Ireland (CMSI) and India.

The theme of the conference was “Your Kingdom Come“. God’s Kingdom will come when we;

  • Build the Body of Christ, Ephesians 4: 1- 16

“The talents that God gives to his church resembles a tool box, each tool looks different from the other to match its function.” Canon John Benson.

  • Encourage one another, Acts 4

“God is the greatest source of encouragement. “Holy Spirit” shares the same Greek source with the word “Encourage”. Encourage one another with what God encourages you with.” Canon John Benson.

  • Make Disciples, Matthew 28: 18

“A good Disciple will be a good leader. Christ prepared 12 disciples who reached out to the whole world.” Canon John Benson.

  • Develop Leaders, First and Second Timothy

“… the emerging leaders are concerned not with institutional maintenance but with ministry effectiveness. They focus on ministry by the church in the world rather than ministry in the church that is largely confined to the existing members.” Leadership Next, by Eddie Gibbs.

  • Grow the Church, Joshua 1: 1-9

“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources you currently control.” Prof. Howard Stevenson- Harvard Business School.

Rev. Samuel Durdant Hollamby also shared that; in his experience, youths wanted and needed to trust in leaders who are:

  1. Visionary
  2. Mentors
  3. Trust-worthy and deligators
  4. Models for Christ
  5. Fighters for their protection

Please, subscribe to our YouTube channel, The Episcopal \ Anglican Media Center Egypt, to watch the full lectures of “Discipleship” by Canon John Benson.

 

Prison Ministry celebrates Easter with the Prisoners

In obedience to our Lord’s command in Matthew 25, the prison ministry team along with some clergy visited the prisoners in Kanater and led them in an Easter service on Wednesday the 18th of April. Afterwards, the team organized a party for them allowing them to feel some of the joy the season brings. The celebration included time of fellowship which allowed the prisoners share some of their pain. Let us remember the prisoners and their families in our prayers as we are celebrating this wonderful time of the year.

To see the reflection of the local press, please click here.

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