New research centre

The Diocese of Egypt Opens a New Research Centre
in Collaboration with the University of Leicester

On 9 May, 2019, the Diocese of Egypt reopened its renovated archive and, in the same ceremony, celebrated the grand opening of the Cairo Research Centre. The British Ambassador, Sir Geoffrey Adams; Bishop Mouneer Anis, the Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt; Dr. James Moore of the University of Leicester; and Dr. Richard Gauvain of the British University in Cairo; and others from the Diocesan and Egypt’s academic community joined us in the exciting event.
Since 2015, the Diocese has been digitizing all the documents and manuscripts, under the supervision of the archivist. The Diocese also chose to move the location of the archive, to a newly-renovated facility, specially designed to house the archive materials. The University of Leicester has provided support, both technical and financial, to the Diocese of Egypt in order to support this process. The Diocesan Archive contains records of the Episcopal / Anglican church and the British community in Egypt dating back to the early nineteenth century. Contents include registers of baptisms, marriages and deaths, minute books, correspondence, orders of service, maps, plans, newsletters and printed pamphlets. Attached to the archive is a library of academic books relating to the history, topography and architecture of Egypt and the Middle East.
In order to provide access to the great wealth of information in this archive, we added a research centre, adjoining to the archive. The Cairo Research Centre will be a meeting place for researchers, scholars and members of the public who are interested in modern Egyptian history, society and culture.  The Centre will hold regular events, workshops and seminars and provide access to affordable accommodation for visiting scholars and guests. 

From the Diocese of Egypt’s Press Office

Anglican Church 130 year anniversary

Yesterday, 11 May 2019, the Anglican Church of the Epiphany in Port Said, Egypt celebrated 130 years since its establishment in 1889. The celebration was attended by the governor of Port Said; Bishop Mouneer Anis, the Diocesan Bishop; Bishop Samy Fawzy, of North Africa; and many others from around the Diocese. The former rector of the church, Rev. Dr. Rajkumar Sathyaraj “Rev. Raj” came from Ireland specially to celebrate with the congregation. Rev. Andrew Bowerman, representing the Mission to the Seafarers, also attended. The celebration began with a thanksgiving service led by the Dean Hany Shenouda, the current rector of the Church of the Epiphany. This service was followed by another celebration in which a film about the story of the church since its establishment.
When it began, the church was committed to serving the English-speaking workers in the Suez Canal company and the seafarers who came to the port. In 1956, when all the British were asked to leave the country, the church became empty. The ministry of the church was resumed after that, but it was neither stable nor consistent, with a very small mixed (Arabic and English) congregation. In the 1980’s, the late Rev. Dr. John Coleman and his wife Audrey served in the church and invested more in the local Egyptians. Beginning in 2001, Rev. Rajkumar and his wife, Premilla, worked hard to reach out to local Egyptians and disciple them. Many people, who had lost interest in the Church, were drawn to the Church of the Epiphany by the warm pastoral care of Rev. Raj and Premilla. Amazingly, large numbers of people started to come to the church!
In 2011, the Very Rev. Hany Shenouda took over and the church continued to grow. Now, the church looks after 55 families—around 300 people. Because of this great growth, the space available is not enough. “We hope to resume the ministry to seafarers” said Bishop Mouneer in response to Rev. Andrew Bowerman, the director of the Middle East region of the Mission to Seafarers. “We would love to start a community service centre attached to our church” added Bishop Mouneer.

Message from Bishop Bill Musk – Lent

“Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”
(Hosea 6:3)

Dear EDA members and friends;

Hosea is a prophet filled with both compassion and hope in the face of betrayal, tragedy, surrounding faithlessness… His personal story shows what forgiveness and restoration can look like in a close human relationship. It also reflects the greater story of a holy God who continues to love and rescue a people who have left God far behind. A good Bible book to consult and consider during our Lenten period!

Last and first!
At the Annual Gathering of the Egypt Diocesan Association (EDA) in June 2018, the Committee was unanimously given the mandate to alter the status of the association as a charity. We agreed to seek to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), a legal entity specially designed for non-profit organisations in the United Kingdom. Such CIO status became available to charities in England and Wales in 2013. As a CIO, a charity has a legal presence, the ability to conduct business in its own name, and limited liability so that its trustees will not have to contribute in the event of financial loss.

Since our Annual Gathering of 2018, the EDA Committee has been well guided and well served by one of its members – Peter Le Feuvre – in negotiating with the Charity Commission in England and Wales for a change of status from Charitable Trust to Charitable Incorporated Organisation. On 17th December, 2018 a new charity (Egypt Diocesan Association) was formed as a CIO. In March, 2019 the EDA Committee met for the last time as trustees/members of the EDA Charitable Trust and then for the first time as Trustees of the EDA Charitable Incorporated Organisation. We have allowed ourselves a leeway period for the transfer of assets from the former entity to the latter – with grateful thanks to Judith Spencer-Gregson for her expertise in facilitating such a handover. Our responsibility is then to close (deregister) the former EDA Charitable Trust.

I am relating all this now both to keep you abreast of the Committee’s / Trustees’ work and so that we will not need to take lots of time at this summer’s Annual Gathering reporting on the process. I think that, as trustees, we all feel relieved that the new status is in place – and we hope that, with it in place, other members of the EDA will feel more comfortable about putting themselves forward to serve as trustees.

Full on!
We support a Diocese that is dynamic, diverse, huge (one of the largest geographically in the Anglican Communion), faced with many challenges, yet growing in mission and ministry. Bishop Mouneer has appointed a Commissary (temporary) Bishop to the Horn of Africa Episcopal Area, plus an Archdeacon for the Gambella region. He has appointed an Archdeacon for Egypt, with other senior priests being given strategic responsibilities in that country. Just at the moment, a number of expatriate ministers (for English-speaking congregations in Egypt and the North Africa Episcopal Area) have left, or are due to leave, and replacements are needed. Please pray for suitable candidates to be found. Those readers with historic association with, or interest in, Holy Trinity, Algiers – where Canon Huw remains as a long-term locum – will be delighted to know that the FCO has returned to the diocese a building on the church site that had been “acquired” by a representative of theirs in the late 1990s, plus given monetary compensation for loss of its use over many years. We thank Bishop Mouneer and Alexandra Wakid especially, along with some good people within the FCO, for managing to make this finally happen! And thanks be to God!

Notice
Please contact edasecretary@gmail.com for details of the EDA annual Gathering. It will however be circulated closer to the time. We will worship together, eat lunch together, hear from a representative of the diocese and conduct our Annual General Meeting. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible then! Thank you for your continuing support for the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa & the Horn of Africa through the EDA.

Weeping for our world! Sad for our Church! Sorry for my faithlessness in so many ways! Yet “rained on”, “sunned on”, “looked upon” by a Lord of love and mercy.

Yours in Christ our hope,

+Bill

Lent, 2019

News from Gambella Grant and Wendy

Gambella Update
We thank God for the privilege of having been a part of the story of His work in, and His love for the people of Gambella and the Horn of Africa.

We are delighted to share with you the wonderful news of a new bishop appointed to help in the oversight of this remarkable region. Bishop Mouneer has appointed Bishop Kuan Kim Seng (retired Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Singapore) as Commissar Bishop for the Horn of Africa for the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa (interim). Bishop Mouneer has appointed the Rev Rajan Vincent Jacob as Archdeacon for Gambella. May God’s blessings be upon them and upon all they serve!

It is wonderful to know that the church is alive and well in Gambella!

We’d like to share with you excerpts from some of the letters we have received from Gambella during the interim time between our leaving Gambella, and the appointment of the new bishop.

Letters from Gambella

From Rev Jeremiah Maet Paul, professor of African Religion and Director of Field studies, St Frumetius Anglican Theological College:

“…We never cease praying for you especially mama since you left Ethiopia. You are so dear to us and you are in our thoughts and prayers always.
Our Tuesday & Thursday Healing and Deliverance Ministry [at St Luke’s Church, Gambella Town] is growing from grace to grace.
God’s move is so real here and [many] are coming to Church to receive healing from God. God [is] changing many lives through this Ministry. Gastric sicknesses [healed] … Demons are casted out, Alcoholics are set free, paralyzed healed.. and many more.
May the Lord bless you both…”

From Chris Wilson, professor of Biblical Studies, St Frumentius College
..”.the students’ exams were excellent. It was encouraging to read essays which demonstrated that they are growing in their understanding and making progress…

…Chris had a chance to go and help Pastor Jeremiah lead
a conference at a Nuer Church in Itang. Itang is a place where local ethnic tensions are often at their highest, and so Chris and Jeremiah were both encouraged when students from four different ethnic groups responded to the invitation to come along as a prayer team….

…the Baptists have approached us and would like [us] to train their pastors (they claim they have 40 Anuak churches in the Gambella region). We’ve agreed we’ll take 2 next year if they pass the English course and more the following year if the partnership is a success….

…..We also had a review of the college … which was encouraging and has provided us with some helpful targets. Bishops Mouneer and Samy also came and were very encouraging about the college….”

From the head of the Po [Opo] Bible Translation team:

“…Over the past three weeks they have drafted the first three chapters of Genesis. In the coming weeks and months they plan to finish the first eleven chapters of Genesis (which can be published as a single coherent unit), and then probably do a gospel before returning to finish Genesis…

Akʼʉ́pkáy Hwar hʉ́kʼʉ́ pumáwʉs gʉ kʼʉ́pɨ́kʼócʼó.
At-beginning God formed heaven and earth.

…We enjoyed reconnecting with some of the Po in Gambella, and it was encouraging for us that they were so quick to come visit us. Our first Sunday here, we received a phone call from Moses and they arranged for Moses to drop by after church. When we welcomed Moses and his friend into our screened porch, I set about making tea for them. Upon bringing out the tea, I discovered two more had joined, and quickly poured the extra cups. A few minutes later we had a hurried conversation in the kitchen about hosting them for lunch, although the only conveniently available food we had in the house was 10 eggs. [By this time] there were now five Po on our porch….”

In Other News…

From Gambella:
We are delighted to hear of two new churches established in Gambella town – one a plant from St Barnabas Church (Anuak) and one from St Luke’s Church (Nuer).

Please join us in praying for peace in Gambella following a recent re-flare of ethnic violence.

From Ethiopia:
We are so thankful to hear of the excellent work of Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, in office since April 2, 2018

We are so thankful for the exemplary work of Rev Roger Kay, rector of St Matthew’s Church, Addis Ababa, who served as Vicar General for Bishop Mouneer, frequently visiting and encouraging the work in Gambella during the interim between bishops.

From South Sudan:
We are thankful to hear that steps towards lasting peace are continuing. The peace treaty between the warring factions in South Sudan, signed this past September, is continuing to hold.

From Grant and Wendy:
It is wonderful for Grant to be back at Trinity School for Ministry for this year, serving as Visiting Professor of New Testament while Professor Wes Hill is on sabbatical.

In May, Wendy was awarded an honorary Doctor of Sacred Letters by Wycliffe College in Toronto in recognition of the work Wendy did in training Mothers Union members in Gambella to teach basic health to women around the region.

This January Grant will be taking a group of Trinity theological students to Egypt where they will be visiting and contributing to the work of the diocese there.

Thank you so very much for your many prayers for Wendy’s health. The lung infection that she acquired in Gambella is one that, according to the medical literature, is essentially resistant (life-long) after (as in her case) three unsuccessful attempts to clear it with antibiotics. In spite of this, Wendy’s respirologist declared her free of this infection several months ago. We continue to pray that the extensive damage in her lungs, and the ongoing bone fractures will also heal.

We thank God for the ways we can continue to serve this region through intercession and financial support. If you wish to join us in this, donations can be made to FADE (Friends of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt) on line at www.friendsanglicandioceseegypt.org or by mail at 2104 Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607. Thank you so very much for your wonderful partnership in this.

With our love and with prayer
xxx
Wendy

Area Bishop Horn of Africa

It is a great joy to announce the appointments of the Rt. Rev. Kuan Kim Seng as an Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa (interim) and Rev. Rajan Vincent Jacob as an Archdeacon of Gambela, within the Horn of Africa Episcopal Area. Please pray for them, that the Lord may use them for the expansion of his Kingdom in this important region.

Yours in Christ,
+Mouneer

The Rt. Rev Kuan Kim Seng

I. Bishop Kuan Kim Seng, Commissary Bishop for The Horn of Africa Episcopal Area
Bishop Kuan Kim Seng is the recently retired Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Singapore. His previous ecclesial responsibilities included an extended period of service as the Dean of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore. He was also the Diocesan Director of Missions. When asked to share something about his personal life, he said that he is eternally grateful to God for the fact that a classmate brought him to an after-school Christian meeting when he was 16. That was when he surrendered his life to Jesus the Messiah. He said that God has blessed him beyond what he could ask or think, not least in the blessed gift of a wonderful wife, Ai Mai, and four boisterous grandsons!
When I invited him to be the Area Bishop of the Horn of Africa, he said he would prefer to be called a “Commissary Bishop” because he wants to work on my behalf and fulfill the vision of the Diocese. I have known Bishop Kuan since 2005. He is a man of God, who is humble, and with a clear vision. The Gospel mission is deeply-seated in his heart. I am very grateful that he accepted my invitation.

Archdeacon in Gambela

II. Reverend Rajan Vincent Jacob, Archdeacon of Gambela Region
Vincent Jacob Rajan is an Indian, 46 years old, and holds degrees from Tamilnadu Theological Seminary of South India, including a Bachelor of Divinity and Masters of Theology in New Testament. Later he earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Religion as well. He has studied M. Phil., Christian Studies at the University of Madras. After teaching at the Hindustan Bible Institute & College in 2003, he joined the faculty of Gurukul Lutheran Theological Seminary and Research Institute in 2007 and served as an Assistant Professor for six years. Rev. Rajan has been in the ministry for more than 20 years. Prior to his teaching experience in the seminaries affiliated to the Senate of Serampore University, he served as an Assistant Priest at the St. Georges Church (CSI), Diocese of Madurai and Ramnad. He is currently the Priest in Charge of Christ the King Anglican Church, Diocese of Egypt with North Africa, Tripoli, Libya. Rev. Rajan has been married to his loving wife Dr. Ruby Ebenezar for 18 years. Dr. Ruby is working as Professor of English in the Govt. Arts & Science college at Tamilnadu, South India. They have two children – Rowena and Ronan. Rowena is earning her Doctor of Medicine at Columbus University, Central America; and Ronan is in High school.

Rev. Rajan joined the Diocese three years ago. He had a great sense of calling to work in the most troubled country within the Diocese: Libya. He was kidnapped, robbed, and exposed to many hardships during these years. And yet, he served with joy. He visited Gambela with me and we were encouraged to know that there are a number of Indian professors at the Gambela University!

Walk in the steps of the Holy Family


Dear friends,
I encourage you to visit Egypt. The opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Holy Family is unforgettable, and such a trip will change the way you understand their story. Egypt is the cradle of human civilization with a rich history made up of many significant events, civilizations, and cultures. The country was chosen by God as the land of refuge for the Holy Family. By visiting Egypt, you will be able to experience the country’s hospitality and friendship firsthand.
A trip to Egypt following in the footsteps of the Holy Family can be designed to suit your needs, whether it be a shorter trip to visit only the landmarks around Cairo, or a longer trip throughout Egypt.
It is worth mentioning that Pope Francis has recently approved Egypt’s proposed path for The Flight into Egypt, which will allow tourists to, quite literally, follow in the footsteps of the holy family’s journey from Sinai to Asyut in Upper Egypt, as they fled the Roman murderous King Herod The Great. 
Now is the perfect time to visit Egypt. This is the safest that the country has been since the revolution in 2011, and tourism is starting to increase. If you are interested in visiting Egypt, please let us know at the Diocese of Egypt, and we would be happy to connect you with a high-quality travel agency to help plan your trip.
We look forward to seeing you here in our beautiful country.
+Mouneer Egypt
Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt
With North Africa and the Horn of Africa

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