The Anglican/Episcopal: A Bible Study Series for Prisoners in Arabic and English
Rev. Joshua Yacoub, the pastor of the Anglican/Episcopal Church’s prison service, started a series to study the Bible for prisoners, dealing with some spiritual issues such as sin, salvation, and forgiveness.
This series is also presented in Arabic and English to suit all prisoners, as the service continued to provide moral support and pay the needs of prisoners in the Qanater Charity Prisons area after a period of interruption due to the Coronavirus.
In a statement issued by the church, Sana Jamil, coordinator of the prison service, explained: “The church provides this service in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior Affairs, which is responsible for issuing visitation permits and allowing prisoners to pray collectively and perform religious rites, which are provided by Reverend Joshua Bakhit, patron of the prison service, on a monthly basis. Also, Dr. Sami Fawzy, Archbishop of the Province of Alexandria for the Anglican Episcopal Church, presides over the festive prayers.
Sana pointed out: “The service helps meet the physical needs by providing food and clothing and meet the spiritual needs through the monthly sermon. The prison service began in the Episcopal Church more than twenty years ago, and the service is provided to foreign men and women due to the lack of family and friends to support them in Egypt.
And the prison service official continued: “The number of prisoners ministered by the church ranges from 150 to 200 male and female prisoners. The church also helped about 27 prisoners to reach their countries after the end of their sentence, adding: “The service is provided to foreign prisoners from different countries such as Cameroon, China, Colombia, Congo, Belgium, England, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, America, and Venezuela.”