Memorials for Nelson Mandela

On Tuesday 10 December 2013, at the request of the Embassy of South Africa, services were held to remember former President Nelson Mandela.  Services were held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Algiers, Algeria and at the grounds of St. John the Baptist Church in Maadi, Egypt.  Algiers2Fr. Hamdy writes, “Yesterday, we had a great joy with people and Ambassador of South Africa, as we honored together late former President Nelson Mandela. I welcomed and thanked the attendants on behalf of  Bishop Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis and Bishop Dr. Bill Musk.  The memorial service was attended by many Ambassadors, including the British Ambassador, the Vatican Ambassador and some Algerian government officials.

Algiers1Fr. Hamdy said, “We had good fellowship as we shared refreshments after service. I preached about the story of the Good Samaritan and how our Lord Jesus Christ was and is still calling us to love our neighbor without discrimination, helping the needy neighbor while disregarding his religion, nationality or the color of his skin.”

Maadi2The Rev. Chris Chorlton of All Saints Cathedral attended the service conducted on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Church in Maadi.  He brought words of condolences on behalf of Bishop Mouneer Hanna Anis and shared words of consolation expressed by The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.  Maadi1

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bill Musk, Area Bishop for North Africa, also led prayers last Wednesday at the ecumenical Commemorative Service held in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Tunis, in the presence of the President of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Mustapha Ben Jaafar, the Chargé d’Affaires of South Africa’s Embassy in Tunis, The Minister of Health Abellatif Mekki, The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tunis, as well as other Ambassadors and religious leaders.  More information may be found here courtesy of Agence Tunis Afrique Presse.

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Visit of Rev Stephen Sizer to Holy Trinity Church, Algiers

Rev Hamdy Daoud, the priest-in-charge of Holy Trinity Church in Algiers, recently hosted Rev Stephen Sizer, and said “We enjoyed Rev Stephen preaching in our Church on Friday; he spoke about the future in the Christian theology and he gave us 7 irrefutable biblical points by which we stand firm against Christian Zionism claims. The church was very well attended, 110 people from 10 different nationalities.

During his visit, Rev Stephen was interviewed three times by Algerian Television and Radio programs, gave lectures for an Islamic institute in Algiers, and addressed Muslim leaders and scholars in the University of Oran. The lectures were on the topics of: the historical roots of Christian Zionism, the political agenda of Christian Zionism, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict from Christian Perspective.

All of the lectures were received very well. Rev Stephen could powerfully shake the theological foundation of Christian Zionism movement and helped Algerians Muslims (leaders and students) understand Christian Zionism. One of the Islamic Leaders thanked Rev Stephen for removing wrong illusions about Christians. All appreciated the call of Rev Stephen that justice has got to be achieved for Palestinians. All appreciated the Biblical call for peace, doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God.”

We do thank God for supporting us by Rev Stephen to work with us last week. We do thank God for supporting us by Algerian officials; we do appreciate their support and we also do thank the interior ministry who escorted us in Oran!! Events like this in Algeria show that Christian community is important for the continuation of Muslim Christian dialogue and for the development of their society!

 

 

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