Ezbet El-Nakhl initiative of “Together we develop Egypt” project, together with Ezbet El-Nakhl center of EpiscoCare, the NGO of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt which aims to promote sustainable development and address poverty; agreed to educate the youths of Ezbet El-Nakhl and Al-Matria districts in technology. The training program included, one, computer skills to prepare them for “International Computer Driving License- ICDL” certificate which is mandatory for the market place. The project administration is currently working with the ministry of solidarity on certificate accreditation. Two, the program included hardware repair trainings, raising their employment chances. These professional trainings were provided with subsidized fees.
To continue investing in the community, Rev. Emil Nabih, Reverend in-charge of Jesus Light of the World church, and Sheikh Hany Shams, Professor in Islamic Center for Research, along with Sheikh Selim Wassef, Together We Develop Egypt Coordinator; visited the governmental school in Amro Street in Old Cairo on February 4th, which was recently cleaned by the deaf youth as part of “Together We Develop Egypt” project and reopened by Dr. Ali Gomaa, the former Grand Mufti, together with Minister Ahmed Gameladine, the adviser for President Sisi, and Bishop Mouneer.
In the visit, the previously mentioned leaders visited the classes to encourage the students to work in harmony with each other to Egypt clean especially Amro St. where the school was located. They also gave some recommendations to preserve the beauty of the street. The visit, also, included few students from the neighboring Deaf Unit aiming for their integration as well as better future partnership between the two schools on both levels; administration and students.
Eight people recently graduated Gusour Cultural Center’s Advanced Level II Sign Language Course. They have attended the course for two months, meeting once a week for eight hours each session. The students spent some time listening to lectures, and time practicing conversation with the deaf. After graduation, the students had a time of celebration, and they shared what they wanted to do with their new skills in the future.
Some said that they wanted to engage with the deaf in society, and others wanted to use their skills to create integration regardless of their fields. One student said she will attend church services, and interpret to help people understand more about Jesus. Two attendees work at the deaf unit, and will use their sign language ability to better engage with the children there. Others want to combine their sign language skills with their other gifts and talents. They are planning on creating painting and drawing classes for the deaf.
Gusour Cultural Center will host another sign language course for beginners that starts March 3rd. Students will meet twice a week for three hours over the course of one month.
On Friday, February 9th at 11:00 a.m, All Saints Cathedral choir opened the music school which teaches about “praise from the biblical point of view” with the use of instruments; Piano, Guitar, Drums and Lute, in the presence of Bishop Mouneer. The number of students exceeds 60 coming from all churches across the diocese. The opening included some introductory sessions, time of fellowship, vision sharing and prayers. In his motivating speech, Bishop Mouneer remembered his late friend, John, who shared his dream years ago. Let us pray for the success of the school and the use of those students in a spiritual revival in Egypt.
On Monday, 5th of February, Bishop Mouneer H. Anis along with Bishop Samy Shehata and all the clergy in Egypt gathered to ordain Deacon Hany Samir Azer as a Reverend for “Christ Light of the World Church” in Old Cairo. The ordination was crowned with the presence of Rt. Rev. Dr. John Chew, the former Bishop of Singapore.
Reverend Hany Samir Azer, born in 1977 and baptized in 1983, was ordained as a lay minister in March 2010 for Salvation Church in Suez; then as a deacon in December 2014 after his graduation from Alexandria School of Theology in 2013.
Reverend Hany is married to Sahar and has 2 children; Joseph, 17 years, and Jovany, 10 years.
Let us pray for Rev. Hany as he start a new chapter in his life that he may be a true witness of Christ to his family and his church.
Last Tuesday, 6th of February, Bishop Mouneer H. Anis along with Rt. Rev. Dr. John Chew, the former Bishop of Singapore, led the clergy of the Diocese in Egypt in their annual retreat. The main theme was “The shepherd and the congregation”. The retreat included 5 lectures, time of fellowship and prayers. In the retreat, Rev. Dr. John lectured on shepherding through a quick scan of both testaments; starting from the gospel, going back and forth to OT and NT, then ending with Revelation. The retreat took place in Anaphora till Thursday the 8th of November.
“We need to read Psalms 22 “God, God, Why have You forsaken me!” before reading Psalms 23 “The Lord is my Shepherd” to discover the depth of sacrifice of the good shepherd, He gave Himself for us” Rev. Dr. John’s closing statement.
On February 2nd, the youth ministry organized “It is your day” event to all youths across the Diocese in Egypt. The event used sports and drama to preach to them, and also to discover their talents. In this event, most churches participated in the program. The program included spiritual time as well as time of fellowship and sports. In the football competition, St. Mark in Menouf youth took the lead. The spiritual message, “Who is Christ for you?”, encouraged the attendees to be aware of the idols in their lives. There were 265 participants in the event which took place in “Christ the Light of the World Church”.
Last night, on Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00pm, Gusour Cultural Center hosted a lecture given by Rt. Rev. Dr. John Chew. Dr. John Chew spoke on the Sinai Encounter, and its impact on different civilizations and faiths. Dr. Chew was the former Bishop of Singapore, and has studied extensively the Sinai Encounter and its widespread influence.
During his lecture, he discussed the importance of understanding the the revelation of God’s law through the 10 Commandments, regardless of religion. He described the circumstances of the revelation, and how it continues to influence civilizations and religions today.
Last week Bishop Mouneer visited Gambella, Ethiopia, with the intention of meeting with and listening to the clergy there as they discussed the qualities they wanted in the future new area bishop. They began with worship and time of prayer. Then the clergy shared the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the region. Bishop Mouneer was impressed by their clear thinking and their vision for the future. The clergy also discussed their hopes and dreams, and provided a detailed description of the qualifications for and qualities of the new bishop. “We want a bishop, not a visitor,” they said. The members of the clergy have a strong desire for a local bishop, not someone from Egypt or the West.
There has been incredible growth in the Horn of Africa region, and it is time to evaluate the best course of action for the future.
Please continue to pray for the Horn of Africa region during this time of selecting a new area bishop.
The childhood committee held a training conference for all Sunday school teachers across the Diocese from the 18th to 21st of January, 2018. The conference was attended by 55 teachers, of which 25 are new teachers, from all Anglican churches in Egypt. The conference discussed the goals for 2018 which are concerned with the whole being of the child, not only the spiritual aspect. Besides being trained on hand crafts as means of conveying the lesson, the teachers were also trained on how to tell a story to different age groups. The conference also included some lectures on Anglicanism as well as time of prayers and fellowship. Remarkably, for the first time, the conference was attended by deaf teachers. The conference was held in “Jesus Light of the World Church”. Let us take time to pray for our teachers and children.