In obedience to our Lord’s command in Matthew 25, the prison ministry team along with Bishop Mouneer and some clergy visited the prisoners and led them in a Christmas service on Wednesday the 27th of December. Afterwards, the team organized a party for them allowing them to feel some of the joy the season brings. Let us remember the prisoners and their families in our prayers as we are celebrating this wonderful time of the year.
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Christmas is a special time for the Prison Ministry. In late December, Bishop Mouneer will preside over a celebration at el Kanater Prison on the outskirts of Cairo. As the holidays approach, we remember those who cannot celebrate with their families, and who await the coming of Christ with a special urgency. Read the Prison Ministry’s 2014 December Newsletter to pray specifically for the needs of our prison fellowships.
Easter Celebration with Bishop Mouneer and Dr. Maher Samuel
We were blessed that Dr. Maher Samuel joined Bishop Mouneer and the Prison Ministry team for the Easter celebration. Dr. Maher is a well-known preacher and psychologist in Egypt. During the Easter service, he spoke from John 20 about the power of resurrection. He shared that our ‘original image,’ how we are originally created to be, is distorted by sin. Through Christ’s resurrection, we can restore our distorted image and we can know the meaning of life, even while in the prison
The Prison Ministry team brought gifts of clothing and underwear for the men and women in the prison. We also brought large quantities of chickens, rice, spices, and vegetables, which the men and women used to cook an Easter meal for themselves and for their fellow inmates of other faiths.
New Prison Ministry in Alexandria
The Anglican Church recently started a new prison ministry in Alexandria, on the north coast of Egypt. This new ministry is co-ordinated by Mrs. Nabila Mansour, a member of the St Mark’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral in Alexandria.
There are 8 regular volunteers from different denominations. There are also 4 students from the Alexandria School of Theology joining the prison ministry for the practical component of their training.
The team visit Borg el Arab Prison and Hadra Prison. Borg el Arab is lo-cated 45 kilometres south-west of Alexandria. It is a men only prison, and there are 8 foreigners and 250 Egyptians.
The conditions in which the men live are very poor. The cells are under-ground and have only small windows. Many men share the same rooms and there are no beds, only mattresses on the floor. Skin diseases are common. As most of the Egyptian men are from other areas of Egypt, they receive few visitors and no-one else provides for them except this ministry.
- Visiting the prisoners. We listen to them and encourage them, pray with them, sing worship songs and read the Bible together.
- Sending letters to the prisoners
- Supplying material needs (medicine, food, clothes, blankets, toilet-ries), spiritual (spiritual books and Bibles) and legal support
- Continue to follow up after prisoners after released. For example assisting with finding jobs and spiritual guidance.
- Support prisoners’ families through helping them with material and spiritual needs (school fees and supplies for children, food and clothing, gifts at Easter and Christmas
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Many of the expatriates El Kanater prison face long sentences and difficult conditions. Yet many find hope through Jesus Christ. One of the inmates writes “while in this darkness called prison, God has shown His light onto us. We have the privilege to gather to pray, worship and hear His word. We have seen this light through His Word and we appreciate this light. This is the Light we are reflecting through the darkness.”
The Prison Ministry team supports expatriate men and women imprisoned in El Kanater Prison, in the outskirts of Cairo, through weekly visits, prayer, and through gifts of food, blankets, air tickets and other items.
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