On Sunday, October 30, over 200 guests filled the St. George Orthodox Center in Ontario Canada for our Walking With Him Fundraising Dinner.
The theme of the night was Walking with Him to illustrate the need to walk in faith with God through all of the uncertainties in Egypt. Fr. Pishoy Salama of St. Maurice & St. Verena, as well as Fr. Rueiss Awad, Fr. Joseph Louca, and Fr. Mikhael Armanios of St. George & St. Rueiss came to support the event with their attendance.
In addition to the dinner and discussion about Coptic Orphans’ work, guests were treated to a word and prayer by Fr. Rueiss. Abouna Rueiss spoke on the importance of unity through this rough time in Egypt. His words that resonated with the theme of the night:
We must never separate from our homeland Egypt, we are totally together in the Body of Christ…we have to remember that the problems in Egypt are permitted from God because He is the one in control. We have to remember that God is the one who looks after everything.
Earlier today the synod of bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church called for Christians around the world to pray and fast for three days, starting tomorrow. On the mob confusion that broke out in the midst of the demonstration, the bishops said:
“We ascertain that our Christian faith doesn’t allow us to use violence of any kind.But we also know that strangers implanted themselves among our children and committed acts that are attributed to us. Coptic Christians feel that their problems are always being repeated without accountability and without the due justice of the law.
Coptic Orphans workshops teach children a wide range of concepts, from personal hygiene to values about respect and tolerance. We ensure that our children are aware of the events happening in their own back yard with the ever-changing environment in Egypt, instead of sheltering them. After the Egyptian Revolution, workshops encouraged widowed mothers and older children to take an active role in their future. Now we continue to reinforce civic responsibility and pride through our age-appropriate workshops about unity.