Egypt’s Kids, Music & ‘Pure Joy’ — Crestin Andrews Recalls Serve to Learn

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Crestin and her teaching partner Nancy taking a picture with their students in between classes.

Dear Friends,
This “a picture is worth a 1,000 words” entry is one of my favorites because it shows how Serve to Learn gives volunteers opportunities to use their talents to play with, empower, and love the world’s greatest kids! Play an instrument? Draw? Tell funny jokes? Come share the gifts God has given to you with the kids of Egypt. Applications for the Jan. 22 – Feb. 13 Serve to Learn trip are now available and are due by Nov. 15. For those of you who have never heard of Serve to Learn, it’s three weeks of service in Upper Egypt teaching English. You’ll offer the kids respect, hope, and love—and they will love you, and transform you. Now, here is Crestin Andrews on how she used her gift of music to connect with her kids.
— Nermien

Who’s in this photo?

Me, my partner Nancy, and my kids, David, Mina, and Mark (I tried so hard not to pick favorites… but I failed!).

Where was it taken?

In the classroom after we did “taraneem” (spiritual songs) in class that morning.

What’s happening in the photo?

They were all just so excited about the guitar and everyone wanted to take a picture with it.

How did you feel when it was taken?

Pure joy. I was so excited that they loved music and I felt a sense of accomplishment.

Why do you want to remember this moment?

Each of the kids in this picture touched me in a very specific and unique way.

If you could help people understand one thing with this photo, what would it be?

You never know what it is about you that will resonate with these kids. I had music, and it was such an incredible feeling to share this with them.

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Interested in learning more about Serve to Learn? Check out our page and video, which gives a snapshot of the program! 

If this “a picture is worth a 1,000 words” blog makes you want to read other Serve to Learn stories, here are those of Nancy GwanyMarianne SawiresJessica HannaJessica AyobPheobe, and Ryan. If that’s not enough, you can read Serve to Learn  interviews with ToniJohnGabyMinaAndyVeronikaDavidBen, Kirollos, MariamAlex, and Mirelle.

You may also enjoy these video interviews with NadinePeter and Mary.  Any questions you’d like to ask a real human being? Call or email Mira Fouad, who runs Serve to Learn, at 703-641-8910 or mfouad@copticorphans.org

About Nermien Riad

Nermien Riad founded Coptic Orphans in 1988 after volunteering for an orphanage in Cairo. When she saw that most of the children had living widowed mothers who simply couldn’t afford to feed them, she gathered family and friends to sponsor children in Egypt. Today Coptic Orphans works through a network of 400+ church-based volunteers in Egypt, who visit fatherless families in their homes and make sure they get everything they need to unlock their full potential. That way, they don’t have to get married off as child brides, work as 10-year old family breadwinners, or go to live at an institutional orphanage.