13 Years of Arabic Services at Christ the King Church in Tripoli

Yesterday, on 29 November 2013, the Arabic speaking congregation at Christ the King Church in Tripoli, Libya celebrated thirteen years of faithful ministry.  Several members of the congregation as well as the community brought congratulations in different languages, and the praise team of the church led the congregation in singing praises to God for His faithfulness.  Bishop Bill sent his congratulations, saying, “Many congratulations on your anniversary!  We praise God with you!” and Bishop Mouneer said, “May the Lord bless you and protect you! (الرب يبارككم و يحميكم).”  May God give Christ the King 100’s of more years!

Special thanks need to be given to The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, whose vision it was to rebuild this congregation; to The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bill A. Musk, Area Bishop for North Africa, who has repeatedly visited and encouraged the congregation since becoming a bishop in October 2008; to the faithful members of the different congregations at Christ the King; and to the team of international ministers at Christ the King: Rev. Vasihar from India, Rev. Gus from Canada, Rev. Ayo from Nigeria and Rev. Samuel from Egypt.

Diocesan Newsletter November 2013

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Dear friends,

On the 1st and 2nd of November, we celebrated the 75th Anniversary of All Saints Cathedral. When we reflected on the history of the Cathedral we were able to see the hand of God in every step. We celebrated this great heritage of God’s faithfulness, the devotion of believers who committed themselves to serving God and the generosity of Muslim leaders who provided the land. It was a real joy to welcome my friend Archbishop John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, to preach the Gospel during the thanksgiving service.

This last month was one of the most difficult times for us here in Egypt. The terrorist attacks in the north of Sinai became more frequent. There was an attack during a wedding service at a Coptic Orthodox church in Warraq, Giza, where a dozen people died from the same family. Two state security police officers responsible for monitoring the activities of extremists Muslims and terrorists were assassinated. When of these terrorists was arrested, he had in his possession a list of organizations, churches, politicians and media people to be targeted. This is enough to make people fearful and uncertain.

However, I see that the Egyptian people are more hopeful than before. We believe that as it took two years for these extremists to emerge, it will take another year or two for the security situation to improve. Security personnel are now more visible on the streets to maintain order.

Pray for us as we look forward to the future, trusting in God’s faithfulness and grace.

May the Lord bless you!

+Mouneer


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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!

 

 

Fundraising for the Legacy Project in Tunis

St George’s in Tunis have committed themselves to leave a legacy for the future in Tunisia and North Africa by providing facilities for

  • Theological education for the emerging leaders of the indigenous, Tunisian and North African church
  • Community outreach in the local, poor community
  • Enhancing our ministry of hospitality

The fundraising committee, made up of members of the church, organized a fundraising event in June. It was a wonderful evening attended by more than 250 people, with worship and praise and fellowship and sumptuous feasting yet focused so creatively on the raising of funds to get our Legacy Project truly underway.

The evening started with the Rt Revd Dr  Bill Musk, Rector of St George’s, and Area Bishop of North Africa, revisiting his vision of leaving a legacy in Tunisia and North Africa. The music team of St George’s was out in full force to provide melodious, musical interludes accompanied by much dancing and rejoicing! The youngest people of the church family, the children of Sunday School, gave a brilliant performance of some of the songs learned by them for their Vacation Bible School. We auctioned many gifts from members and friends of St. George’s including books by Bishop Bill, photographic art by Hilary Musk, paintings by artists in the church, plus many unique artifacts and materials.

Our joy and gratitude to God who made it all possible! For more information about the Legacy Project, please contact Bishop Bill Musk by email on rector@stgeorgetunis.com

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