Saving the lost in the Middle East, by enabling the Church in Egypt to teach and form Christian leaders who will effectively serve their communities and draw people into a deeper and closer relationship with God
Fundraiser and programme officer for the Alexandria School of Theology
In 2009, AST had its first graduation ceremony. Around 17 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theology and an additional number with a diploma in theology. Also in 2009, we established a masters programme.
By this time, the AST Egyptian academic and administrative full time staff had reached 14, precipitating the need for me to focus on my colloquial Arabic language skills. So I moved to Upper Egypt and worked at the Lillian Trasher Orphanage in Assiut. However, the situation in Egypt at the start of 2011 was such that I needed to return to Cairo, where I resumed working for AST and at the Harpur Memorial Hospital, Sadat City. Towards the end of 2013, I helped start and resource the diocesan ministry to Syrian refugees.
Today AST has more than 150 Egyptian and Sudanese graduates serving in ordained and lay capacities throughout Egypt as well as in Sudan and South Sudan. Every time I read a student testimony, I am reminded of how God is using AST to transform lives and this fills me with an inexpressible joy.