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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

Through These Kids ‘I Learned How to Love’ — Nancy Gwany Thinks Back on a Serve to Learn Transformation

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Nancy Gwany with some of her Serve to Learn kids between classes.

Dear Friends,
I have some exciting news! 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, here’s what it is in a nutshell: three weeks of service in Upper Egypt teaching English. During those three weeks  you will serve, teach, and play with the world’s greatest kids! You will offer them respect, hope, and love—and they will love you, and transform you. But don’t take my word for it. Here is Nancy Gwany, a volunteer from the summer 2015 Serve to Learn trip, to tell you about a love that grows so fast that it surpasses all understanding. This is another posting in our “a picture is worth a 1,000 words” series.
— Nermien

Who’s in this photo?

Me with two kids in one of my classes.

Where was it taken?

It was taken in an empty classroom between two sessions, about 15 minutes before class started.

What’s happening in the photo?

One of the boys asked to look at the pictures on my camera and then started taking some while I was hiding other pictures on my phone that they were making fun of me for.

How did you feel when it was taken?

I felt like these boys were my brothers. As they were making fun of me doing laundry by hand, they were pinching my cheeks and calling me a true Egyptian.

Why do you want to remember this moment?

I want to remember that love is not bound by time. I was confused by how much I love these boys and yet it’s only been a few weeks I’ve known them.

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

I want people to know that love is a language that is understood by all. It does not discriminate based on gender, culture, appearance, language, or age. I fell in love with these boys and it’s through them that I learned how to love.

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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 you’d like to help more kids in Egypt get a better education and succeed in life, please donate through our Indiegogo campaign by clicking here

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 Marianne 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 at mfouad@copticorphans.org

‘I Love These Kids’ — Marianne Sawires Writes About Her Serve to Learn Children

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Dear Friends,

Pictures are only as powerful as the emotions they convey, and this picture, from the July Serve to Learn trip, is powerful because it conveys the most powerful emotion of all— love. Every year, youth from all over the world meet in Egypt to experience that powerful emotion by opening themselves up to the love of children. That shared experience makes this picture of Marianne Sawires so special. Here is Marianne’s “a picture is worth 1,000 words” blog post (although this picture is probably worth a million words).
— Nermien

Who’s in this photo?

Me, Marianne Sawires and one of my favorite kids that I served (Michael).

Where was it taken?

In the nady (activity area) of the church where we were having the party on the last day.

What’s happening in the photo?

Saying goodbye.

How did you feel when it was taken?

I’ve never felt so much sadness and love at the same time.

Why do you want to remember this moment?

I only started to realize how attached I was to my kids when we had to say goodbye.

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

When people see this photo, I want them to understand why saying goodbye was so hard. These kids want nothing more than to feel loved and Serve to Learn does exactly that. I love these kids.

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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 you’d like to help more kids in Egypt get a better education and succeed in life, please donate through our Indiegogo campaign by clicking here

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 Jessica 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 at mfouad@copticorphans.org