Friday Prayers for Egypt: NGO Medicine

Friday Prayers for Egypt: NGO Medicine

God, As with all people, sometimes society falls sick. Help Egypt restore herself to health. But first, the people need medicine. Since the floating of the Egyptian pound essential drugs have been hard to come by. The price of imported raw materials nearly doubled overnight, while a cap is placed on consumer prices. Drug manufacturers … Continue reading

No Shave November

No Shave November

It started simply because I forgot to take my razor on a trip to a desert oasis. But with November around the corner, I thought, there is a good excuse to continue. And a good cause. No Shave November raises money and awareness about cancer. Particularly directed to men, it provides an answer to the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Turf

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Turf

  God, Men will always defend their turf. But doing so can shake the whole. Make Egypt more than the sum of her parts. Being her together in consensus with all. The state has proposed an agricultural investment project in the underdeveloped areas of the south. But doing so sells off the land of the … Continue reading

Let My People Build

Let My People Build

This article was published in the November print edition of Christianity Today. Long live the crescent and the cross!” shouted Egypt’s parliament in joy. All 39 Christian members joined the two-thirds majority to vote to end a 160-year practice instituted by the Ottomans requiring Christians to get permission from the country’s leader before building churches. … Continue reading

Key Developments in the Anglican Global South

Key Developments in the Anglican Global South

With the release of their ‘Sixth Trumpet,’ Anglicans from the Global South announced their discontent with the state of the worldwide communion. Meeting in Cairo, Egypt from October 3-8, delegates from 16 provinces discussed issues of both unity and mission, addressing the Anglican Church worldwide. This question and answer format highlights the key developments, as … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Pardon

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Pardon

God, Eighty-two Egyptian youth are free today. Some say they never should have been imprisoned to begin with. The majority were convicted for breaking the protest law. Some were guilty of thought-related crimes. All had exhausted their legal appeals. Some had only a little time left on their sentence. God, thank you for freedom, theirs … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trumping Protest

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trumping Protest

God, Bless the president-to-be of the United States of America. May he govern wisely. May he engage Egypt well. But though many are troubled in America at his arrival, many in Egypt welcome his opposition to the Brotherhood and his favor expressed toward Sisi. And he comes at a moment when many in Egypt are … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: November Float

Friday Prayers for Egypt: November Float

God, Egypt finally took the plunge. After years of spending hard currency to support the pound, the Central Bank decided to float it against the dollar. Economists rejoiced, IMF authorities nodded, and an already inflationary local market braced for another blow. Society, meanwhile, braces for planned protests on November 11. No one is certain if … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Youth

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Youth

God, How shall a young man cleanse his … country? Two paths were open for Egypt’s youth this week, invited to a national youth conference sponsored by the president. One group decided to attend, to make their voice heard. Another thought their voice would be louder in boycott. God, bless them both. Those present heard … Continue reading

Egypt’s Other Churches: Smaller Denominations React to New Construction Law

Egypt’s Other Churches: Smaller Denominations React to New Construction Law

This article was first published at TIMEP. Egypt’s recent church building law was largely negotiated behind the scenes between the government and the three largest Christian denominations: the Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant churches. Despite concerns over insufficient public dialogue and loopholes which may hinder implementation, many Christians celebrate a formal legal process over the ad … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Prices

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Prices

God, For many in Egypt these are difficult days. Taxes are increasing, subsidies are reducing, the pound is depreciating, and prices are rising. And as many fear worse is to come, people are hoarding. Basic commodities are disappearing. Some are smuggling, others siphoning. The government is reacting. The military is supplying. The economy is sliding. … Continue reading

Mothering Society to Hear the Deaf

Mothering Society to Hear the Deaf

Speaking to house mothers at one of the more unique boarding schools in Egypt, Saleem Wassef challenged them to maintain hope with difficult children. “Repeat yourself over and over again, because it is a long journey to raise a child,” said the administrative director. “Keep teaching them, even though they don’t listen.” As every father, … Continue reading

Global South Anglicans Tour the Egyptian Treasures

Global South Anglicans Tour the Egyptian Treasures

In cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, the sixth Anglican Global South conference enjoyed a taste of Egyptian antiquities. Delegates toured the Giza pyramids, a papyrus gallery, and the Egyptian museum, closing the day with a dinner cruise on the Nile River. “Egypt is safe,” said Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis of Egypt, chairman of the … Continue reading

An African Anglican is an Anglican, Twice

An African Anglican is an Anglican, Twice

Many an African Anglican has been accused, and perhaps felt a pang of conscience, of belonging to the church of the colonizer. However much they are thankful for the Gospel, the church in popular understanding remains essentially English. Little do they know the opposite is true. The Anglican Church is essentially African. Delegates at the … Continue reading