We have hope - we are in the hands of the Lord

My dear Friends,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Egypt is like a patient recovering from a surgery. The body is still struggling to survive. We will have to wait and see what happens. Right now there is no clear vision or road map for the future. The Muslim Brotherhood spoke about a big project called “Revival” but no one knows this project, what are the implications, the goals, the aims, etc… It is very cloudy at the moment. But, however, we should say, that we have hope because we are in the hands of the Lord and He is in charge and He is in control.

The concern I have now is immigration of Christians because more and more young people and the best and brightest minds are immigrating. In Iraq, 85% of Christians have left. More than this in Palestine! I hope that Egypt will not end in the same way. It will be difficult as we have 8 million Christians in Egypt, but my concern is that the best minds are leaving the country.

In the middle of this cloudy atmosphere, the Lord is doing good things among us. The most recent congregation started is near the pyramids at Tawabek. It is a very densely populated area. Many people have immigrated from Upper Egypt. We have two flats and turned one into a house church and the other to be a nursery. We have about 80 children coming for Sunday School. We also opened a new meeting in Ain Shams at the same location as our community development centre. We are now conducting communion and I confirmed several members. St. Paul‟s in Ezbit el Nakhl, which we opened last December, is growing with over 100 Sunday School children.

The installation of Bishop Grant was a very joyful occasion. People in Addis Ababa and Gambella were so excited. As I was installing Bishop Grant, I was aware that he is building upon the foundation laid by Bishop Andrew Proud (currently in Reading, UK). May we continue to sow seeds and to reap the harvest.

In North Africa, I am pleased to announce that The Rev. Hamdy Sekdy who was the priest-in-charge of Christ the King Church in Tripoli, Libya and stayed during the Revolution there, after taking several months off at a Franciscan friary in the UK, has accepted to be the priest-in-charge of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Algiers, Algeria, a church that has been without a full-time priest for several years. We give thanks for this new appointment and for the lay leaders, predominately from African countries, who have been leading the church faithfully. Please pray that Rev. Hamdy would receive a residence visa.

In all things, whether difficult or not, we give thanks to God!

May the Lord bless you!

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The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis

Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa

President Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East

28th November 2012