Rev. Sameh Hanna, a Presbyterian minister in Cairo, reports on Egypt after the uprising

A Presbyterian’s view from the street of Egypt after the uprising 

“I believe the church has to be incarnate in the community.  What they [the protesters] are asking for —  justice — is biblical.  They’re asking for freedom, which is biblical.  For equality.  Maybe we have different opinions on how to implement these things, but principles are principles.  And we agreed on those principles.”

Hanna says his church is the largest Arabic Presbyterian congregation in the world with about 7,800 members.  “Though we are serving millions through TV and web streaming.  We are having a great impact in the Middle East and North America.”

Despite the church’s temporary closing, the congregation continued its service, cleaning Cairo’s streets, praying for unity (meeting daily for three hours in homes), and distributing food to poor areas of the city.  And when they were able to re-open the church doors, they held a celebration on Feb. 15.  Nearly 10,000 people attended, including many Muslims.  “It was an amazing event,” said Hanna, via email.  “People felt the church was part of the community.”

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