The Bishop of North Africa, in the Diocese of Egypt, the Rt Revd Bill Musk, recently visited the Church of Christ the King Church in Tripoli, Libya, with his wife Hilary, for a confirmation service. This is his report:
[Diocese of Egypt] The clergy team is led by the Revd Vasihar (wife Malini), representative of the significant Indian component of the English-speaking congregation that meets on Friday mornings for worship. Some members travel up to 400 km or more to attend church! Revd Vasihar is assisted by Revd Ayo (wife Rosemary and son Joshua) who especially gives leadership and pastoral care to the large African contingent who make up the bulk of the rest of the English-speaking congregation.
I confirmed fourteen Nigerian men and women whom the Revd Ayo had prepared for confirmation. Revd Samuel (wife Hony) is a retired Egyptian priest who with great enthusiasm and wonderful pastoral care has built the Friday evening Arabic-speaking (nearly all Egyptian) congregation into a large group.
I confirmed sixteen Egyptians, plus handed out Alpha Course certificates to even more – all members of his growing congregation. Revd Gus, from Canada, assists the ministry as a non-stipendiary minister in both English and Arabic.
The clergy team seek to model a pattern of unity-in-diversity which is reflected in the makeup of the church as a whole. These are difficult days in Libya and the church provides a significant place of fellowship, worship, spiritual, emotional and physical sustenance for many people working in the country.
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