A large number of Sudanese refugees live in Egypt, especially those who have come from North Sudan and the Nuba Mountains due to the difficult situation in these regions. The Sudanese Christians among the refugees have added their own new flavour to the life of the Anglican Church in Egypt. The Sudanese congregation at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Heliopolis started 12 years ago; we now have a Sudanese congregation with 669 members.
One of the church members shares “Despite so many challenges for Sudanese refugees in Cairo-Egypt, St. Michael’s
church is experiencing tremendous growth numerically and spiritually, which in return resulted into a very remarkable work.” In January 2014, it was a joy to receive the visit of Bishop Ezekiel Kondo of the Diocese of Khartoum (pictured below).
Nuba Mountains Bible Institute
Many of these Sudanese refugees want to use their time in Egypt for learning. They need to be equipped to play roles of pastoral and ministerial leadership in our and other churches. This is why in February 2013 we began the Nuba Mountains Bible Institute Cairo (NBIC). We train those leaders and other members of the Sudanese community in Egypt for the benefit of their own church here, both for their time now in the Egypt and hopefully later for their future in Sudan or elsewhere.
We started the classes of NBIC in January 2013, after we interviewed 60 students and after we chose 35 of them to begin with. We began well prepared, with a curriculum of three years and teachers lined up. 2013 was not an easy year for Egypt with political disturbances, violence and street demonstrations. We thank God that we have been able to continue our work in the midst of all this and we admire our students’ perseverance and courage. They often had to travel to us in situations where the streets were unsafe at least, and sometimes more like a war zone. For more information, download the full report:
St Gabriel Centre
The St. Gabriel Center is a ministry of St Michael’s which runs social and spiritual activities among Sudanese refugees in Cairo in the area of Kilo 4.5. This area east of Cairo was mostly illegally constructed, hence without any governmental oversight and a shortage of services. The Sudanese community shares a low standard of living with the Egyptians in the neighbourhood, facing challenges of poverty, illiteracy, chronic children’s diseases (like malnutrition and the lack of calcium) and other types of diseases.
For more information, download the 2013 report:
Both the Nuba Mountains Bible Institute and the St. Gabriel Centre rely on donations for their ministry. For more information please contact the Very Rev. Dr. Jos Strengholt: firstname.lastname@example.org