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‘I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me’ — Andero Morgos Enters 10K London Run for Coptic Orphans!

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Dear Friends,
It’s always a huge source of encouragement when someone spontaneously dedicates a sponsored run or similar event to Coptic Orphans. So it was great to hear from Andero Morgos, our friend in the UK, that he was taking part in the Nov. 15 Vitality WestRun London 10k. We’re grateful for his love for the children of Egypt… and I managed to catch up with him for the interview below!
— Nermien

PS Please support Andero’s commitment to the kids by making a contribution to his Indiegogo campaign!

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What convinced you to run the Vitality WestRun London 10k in support of Coptic Orphans?

I have previously done four 5k, a 10k and a 1-half marathon run for local charities and one major charity being Cancer Research UK. At the moment the plan is to run alone, but I’m trying to get friends involved as I previously have done.

How long have you been training for this event, and how?

I run regularly and always try and keep fit but have been pushing myself in the last 3-4 weeks in training for this run and to keep up with my previous finishing times.

What experiences have you had in Egypt or elsewhere that make you want to connect your life with the lives of kids in Egypt?

I’ve seen and heard of a lot of the work that Coptic Orphans does and have always been interested in serving. I have done this before in Kenya and in Egypt with a charity that is based in my church at St. Mary and St. Abraam Orthodox Church in Brighton, England called A.C.T.I.O.N ( “Act Charitably Towards Incapable Other Nations”) and decided by the Grace of God I’d like to support this charity in a way that I can and enjoy and that is by dedicating a sponsored run to this charity.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about doing what you’re doing?

GO FOR IT! Don’t hesitate and push yourself to do it! Easier said than done, but going by the verse which said “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” never let anyone hold you back or make you doubt your abilities. It could be your first run or one in many but always keep the thought that you are doing this for a purpose and as a service to people who aren’t as fortunate you.
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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