Letter of Condolences from Bishop Bill

Dear friends;

I was saddened to hear the news of the recent death of Lady Ghislaine Morris. Hilary and I first met Ghislaine in Cairo, in the late 1970s, when Sir Willie Morris was British Ambassador to Egypt and we were living there. We have kept in touch over the years. Ghislaine maintained her interest in the church in Egypt, and in the Middle East generally, long after her experience of living there. She was for many years a trustee of both the Jerusalem and Middle East Trust, and the Anglican Church Trustees (Egypt). She was Secretary of the Egypt Diocesan Association 1983-1986, Chair of the EDA 1987-1990, and then Secretary again 1991-2003. I also remember her in more recent years as a supportive friend and colleague of Bishop Kenneth Cragg. Hilary and I loved her generous, genuine interest in others, her warm personality, her positive embrace of possibilities, her supportive organisational skills. We especially send condolences to, and pray for, Peter, David and Stephen and all the family in their loss of Ghislaine.

Rt Rev Dr Bill Musk

Letter of Condolences from Bishop Mouneer

Dear Friends,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing away of our very dear friend Ghislaine. She was a remarkable lady who poured herself to serve others. I will never forget that she took me to visit the nearby hospice in Oxford, and I learned that she was involved in transporting patients from their homes to the hospice. She showed her faith in action. I remember every time I had a discussion with her how enriched I felt by her deep thoughts. Nancy and I will miss her so much, but she will continue to live in our hearts and thoughts. I pray that the Lord may give you peace during this time.

May the Lord bless you.

Yours in Christ,
Mouneer

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“.

EDA invites you to 2018 Annual Gathering

The Chairman and the committee of  the Egyptian Diocesan Association (EDA) would be delighted if you can join them at 2018 Annual Gathering on Wednesday 13th June. The program starts by Welcome at Noon, then Service of Holy Communion at 12: 15 p.m, followed by Buffet Lunch. The introduction to the afternoon speaker “Bishop Samy Shehata“, Area Bishop of North Africa, is at 2: 15 p.m, followed by 63rd Annual General Meeting. All is welcome to participate. Subscribers are welcomed to vote.

Please click to view the 2018 Annual Gathering Agenda, and the invitation.

The Egypt Diocesan Association (EDA) exists to support (and foster the support from individuals and organisations who have an interest in or heart for Egypt) the work of the clergy, churches and ministries of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, which embraces congregations and communities in Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa.

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RSVP: edasecretary@gmail.com

Location: St. Michael’s Chester Square

Address: Chester Square, London SW1W 9HH.
Tel: 020 7730 8889

How to get there:

  • By Public Transport:

Victoria (Rail) Station is 6 minute walk

Victoria Coach Station is a 2 minute walk

Victoria tube is 7 minute walk

Sloane Square tube is a 6 minute walk.

  • Buses:
    The 2, 11, 24, 38 and C10 buses

First Commencement Exercise for the Masters of Arts in Leadership and Management

On Friday, the 28th of April, the Diocese of Egypt along with Vision International University and Church Mission Society in England celebrated the graduation of the first commencement of the Masters of Arts in Leadership and Management composed of 5 graduates. The Masters program started in April 2016 to extend to 2 years and it aimed to teach the students the following;

  1. The Deepen awareness and better understanding of one’s self and with the capabilities, gifts, and graces that God blesses each person with to serve and glorify His name in all life circles.
  2. The importance of clarifying the visions and goals of both the personal and professional levels to achieve real progress and development in our personal and professional life.
  3. The persistence, doing hard efforts, and commitment of doing the regular daily duties, responsibilities, and commitments in family, work, and relations, will remain the way to achieve personal growth and professional change on the long term. The personal and professional maturity happens throughout the daily persistence, insistence, and commitment in all the different life situations and exercises.
  4. Rearranging priorities of life.
  5. The importance with the practices of planning, organizing, preparing, and continuous evaluating to achieve real progress in the reality of our life based on clear and visions and goals.
  6. Clarifying the rules, systems, polices, and performance indicators of our organizations, will be incomplete unless the commitment with team work that follows common vision, real values, mutual trust, participation in making decisions , and seeking for growth and continuing education through accepting different perspectives either those we agree with or we don’t.
  7. Leadership and management are not only sciences and theories based only upon the mental abilities or process, but also conscious, spirits, open heart able to aware, feel, attention and making mature choices.
  8. To face the difficulties, challenges, and sometimes frustrations and disappointments in work, family, and relations and in life.

With words of welcome and encouragement, Bishop Mouneer inaugurated the celebration thanking all the audience for their presence in the special ceremony encouraging leaders to work on their personal development. “Churches and Organizations don’t expand for the absence of true Christian leaders.”

In his Speech, Ibrahim Nagy, Program Director in EpiscoCare, on behalf of his colleagues, thanked his Mentors and professors, Dr. Brain Van Deventer, Dr. Gail Stathis,  and Dr. Tanas Al Qasis, for the life- changing knowledge and their personal experiences that they shared openly for the benefit of the class.”Through the marsh of our life and particularly within the last two years we really touched and experienced God`s deepen support and His working in our life according to His loving care for each one of us according to His fully goodness will for us.”

While honoring the graduates, Dr. Brain Van Deventer encouraged them to “Take the word to the world.”

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