Pray for Tripoli and Christ the King Church

Fierce battles have now raged for weeks in the troubled Libyan capital – See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/battle-tripoli-continues-despite-calls-ceasefire-121955308#sthash.21xhdxCA.dpuf
Fierce battles have now raged for weeks in the troubled Libyan capital – See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/battle-tripoli-continues-despite-calls-ceasefire-121955308#sthash.21xhdxCA.dpuf

Intense fighting between rival armed groups and militias has rocked the city of Tripoli in Libya over recent weeks. There has been indiscriminate shelling of urban areas, and according to the Ministry of Health, the fighting has killed 214 and injured 981 in Tripoli and Benghazi. The government in Libya has attempted to issue ceasefire orders, but with no force loyal to the state strong enough to take on the militias on its own, and enforce the decisions, the decrees have not had any effect.

Please pray for safety and security for the leaders and congregations of Christ the King Church in Tripoli. Rev. Ayo, one of the priests, wrote today “I was robbed of my phone yesterday evening, but glory be to the Lord for His presence which prevailed over them, because their intention was to take me away.”

Rev. Vasihar and Malini continue to serve at the church, as they feel it is important for them to be there for the many Indian church members who are still staying in Tripoli and elsewhere. Rev. Samuel and Hony were in Egypt when the violence started, and have been asked to remain in Egypt for now. Many Egyptians have left the country, and at the moment there are no Egyptians coming to the church for the Arabic-speaking services

Please pray for the whole nation and its future.

 

Ecumenical Prayer for Unity of Christians in Libya

Rev. Vasihar, the priest-in-charge of Christ the King Anglican Church in Tripoli, writes

“By the Grace of the Lord we all are fine.  We, the ecumenical community, met on the 19th of January  despite the very tense situation outside. God was gracious to us.

Ecumencial service in Tripoli (3)

We are praying for the referendum on the Constitution of Egypt. We prayed for Libya, where there is acute shortage of petrol and diesel and also fresh widespread violence and rumours.

Ecumencial service in Tripoli (1)

Churches which participated are the Catholic Church, Union Church, Philipino Church and our Church, Christ the King.”

Ecumencial service in Tripoli (4)

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.

Horn of Africa Area Assembly

200 clergy, lay leaders, Mothers Union representatives, congregations from the 70 churches in Gambella gathered at the Gambella Anglican Centre for two days of business, worship and teaching.

As our churches in Gambella are so remote and living conditions are hard,  it is difficult for clergy and lay people to come together. The annual Area Assembly is important because it brings leaders together, to pray together, learn together, and grow to understand each other better. Please see below Bishop Grant LeMarquand’s report for the meeting.

Bishop’s Charge Area Assembly 2013

As part of the Assembly, churches presented dramas of Biblical stories. The audience hushed as ‘Jesus’ walked in, resplendent in wig and re-purposed Mothers’ Union uniform. In quiet solemnity, the crowd followed Jesus, holding wounded heads bound in cloth, walking with shortened and twisted limbs, and otherwise looking generally woe-begone. With quiet majesty, Jesus healed all.  As all sat down, one of the disciples approached the Lord, clearly explaining in Opo that the crowd needed to eat. A regal gesture from Jesus sent him back to the crowd, where 5 small loaves and 2 real fish were produced in hushed reverence. As Jesus lifted the basket high in mute thanksgiving, the plastic bag under the loaves and fish was ripped away, revealing the hidden bounty of bread rolls underneath. Electrifyingly, the crowd leapt to their feet, their cries of joy erupting from the absolute silence like a foretaste of resurrection! As one man, they dove in a free for all scrum, loaves of bread flying everywhere, mouths full of laughter and food – real joy… and really funny!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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