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Evangelism TripMexico 2007
The BeginningWhy Mexico?Youve Got MailMay 12, 2007
From: Christian Sederholm To:The Coptic Evangelism GroupDate:Sat, May 12 2007 10:52pm Subject: The Miracle in Mexico!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Holy Week Miracle in the Coptic Church in Mexico.
On the Good Friday during The Holy Week a Miracle happened..
Father Zakaria was ending the Holy Friday after a very Spiritual Service when the oil started .......
May God Bless You all, my Brotherand Sisters in Christ.
June 2, 2007So!!!Youve Got Mail
There is a great field there that is waiting for workers. The harvest is so great but there is only one worker there.
Would you join the missionary work trip in August to share in this harvest? The only qualifications you need to have is a heart full of love to God and a desire to serve His Holy name From: Victor Beshir To:The Coptic Evangelism GroupDate:Sat, June 2 2007 5:25pm Subject: The Miracle in Mexico!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 13, 2007Dear Beloved, I am happy to tell you that I received the first respond to go to Mexico..Victor Dear Beloved, This morning I received a request from another person to go to Mexico. Victor June 14, 2007Dear Beloved, We have now 10 persons joining the trip to Mexico Victor Dear Beloved, We are very happy that Father Timothy will join us Victor
The power of prayerFrom: MARIA MANSOUR Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 20:53:24 -0700 (PDT)Local: Wed, May 30 2007 11:53pm Subject: Prayer Vigil " time slots"Dear Brethren: We need YOUR help to make this mission a success. No matter how hard we work to make it as beneficial as possible, we need your prayers to really make it touch people's lives. For this reason, we are hoping that we all participate in a 24-hr prayer vigil.
Collecting geographical, cultural and religious information about the country we are visiting,Translating materials into Spanish, Inquiring about health, accommodation, travel requirements, costs, etc.Preparing the group Bible Study lessons,Constant communications with our church in Mexico,And a lot more.These were all compiled into a Mission Trip Reference Book that was provided to all members.Getting PreparedThe group members worked diligently and tirelessly for months to prepare for this trip. Preparations included:
General Information: What is this about?Why a Missionary Trip to Mexico?Thanks to God for establishing a Coptic Orthodox Church in southern Mexico. The church was established in an area where many people still dont worship God; instead, they are occupied with spirit worship. So, we are going to Mexico to do missionary work to people who are not Christians, to show them the love of God and to preach the gospel of salvation. In this kind of missionary work you will vividly see the hands of God, and before other peoples lives change, your life will dramatically be changed. If youre eager to give a great boost to your spiritual life and to offer God a few days of your time, then join us and witness the work of God. It will be an unmatched experience that you will never forget; it will deeply touch your heart and will leave a joy and inner peace in your life for years to come.Who May go?You need to be a steward of God, with a deep love for God and a desire to evangelize. The trip is for persons at least 19 years of age. Since Spanish is the spoken language there, we would greatly appreciate to have some people who know some Spanish or are ready to learn Spanish before the trip using software or the Internet. The CostYou are responsible for paying for your own plane ticket. The cost of food, internal transportation, sightseeing, and lodging is only $ 200.00How to RegisterVisit the following web page to fill out the registration forms and mail them before July 25, 2007.www.suscopts.org/evangelism/mclass.htmlthen click on Missionary Trip to Mexico
August 10, 2007A group of 11 servants from Canada, USA and Sweden arrived to the Mexico City Airport to spend 10 blessed days of service
August 13, 2007We were blessed by the Arrival of Fr. Timotheus Soliman, the priest for St. John the Baptist Coptic Orthodox Church, Miami, FL.Fr. Timo (as we loved to call him), spent four blessed days with us, that were enriched by his spiritual lessons.
The Story of Our Coptic Orthodox Church in Tlayacapan MexicoOn the way from the Mexico City Airport to the Blessed Village of Tlayacapan, The Group was told the amazing story of our First Coptic Orthodox Church in Mexico
God used the longing of an Egyptian Immigrant, (Mr. Looka), whose heart desire was to build a house of God, to build the first Coptic Orthodox church on his own on a small piece of land adjacent to his house.
The Church was used for Sunday School and Bible study for the two Egyptian families residing in this area. Later on, Gods plans for a true working Church led Mr. Looka to tell Father Mikhail E. Mikhail, Cleveland, Ohio about the church. He told Abouna: We have a Church that needs a Priest.
Abouna told H. H. Pope Shenouda III, who was delighted to see the seriousness of this project. He recommended they find a bigger piece of land.
Mr. Looka started on this mission, doubting he could find any land in this expensive area.
A lady approached him one day, saying she had a piece of land for sale.
Price negotiations ended up with the unbelievable price of $40,000 for a land thats worth much more.
The Lady was thrilled to know that her land would be used to build a house of God.
The church was named St. Mary and St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church.
The church is located in Tlayacapan, Mexico, about two hours from Mexico City.It is surrounded by green mountains, situated in a quite area.The Church looks like a monastery.. it is indeed a big Church.. As what H. H. Pope Shenouda hoped for..
The second building has rooms for visitors, (where we stayed). It consists of three rooms, each can accommodate up to nine persons.The hall in between the two sides has been used for the Agaby gatherings after every Divine Liturgy.On the first floor to the left there is a big future clinic and a big kitchen. To the right are two bathrooms.The church is built on the second floor. It has a crying room at the right side, also used for Sunday School, and a baptismal room at the left side. The nave of the church is big and has beautiful Coptic icons chosen by Fr. Zakaria Albramousy.Outside the church there are two small buildings. One is a guest house, and its second floor is the residence of Fr. Zakaria.
Consecration of the ChurchThe church was consecrated by H.H. Pope Shenouda III in February 2007. The Divine Liturgy is prayed in Spanish. It is such a blessed church that holy oil poured from its icons. Many indigenous people get baptized in the church. The evangelistic efforts of the church continue to attract many natives to the faith.
The Father of the ChurchThe calling Father Zakaria is from Albaramous Monastery. A scholar of Coptic Antiquity who has published many papers and articles in international Coptic societies. He never wanted to leave his monastic life. However, when the bishop of the monastery told him that H.H. Pope Shenouda wants him to go to Mexico., Fr. Zakaria knew in his heart that this was a calling and he agreed.
When Fr. Zakaria arrived in Mexico, the church building was not finished and there were no people attending church services. He was saddened to feel that he left his spiritual service in the monastery, taking care of about 400 youth every year to come to a church whose congregation consisted only of Looka's family and his friend.
The Language of LoveFr. Zakaria didnt leave the church. He loves the entire congregation as his own children. Even though he doesn't speak Spanish fluently, he uses the language of love. God used him to baptize a lot of people, and the work of God is manifested in the miracles taking place in the church.Fr. Zakaria decided to go back to Egypt when he received a comforting message from St. Mary asking him to stay and witness the glory of God. On the Good Friday of 2007, all the icons of the church started to pour oil. Father Zakarias love touched each one of us in a special way. He welcomed us with roses from the church garden, but the love and the warmth he showed to us during our stay was more beautiful than a rose garden.
God sends a deacon to his ChurchAnd behold, A car problem stops Adriana's family, while traveling between two Mexican towns, and it stops right in front of the new Coptic Orthodox Church in Tlyacapan. The family was delighted to inform Joseph and Adriana that God has solved the problem and that they can move to Mexico and live by the Coptic Orthodox Church.Joseph now serves in the church and teaches the congregation the Spanish Hymns of the Divine Liturgy. His Blessed wife serves with him with all her heart. This couple showed great love and dedication to the service and to us during our visit. Gods miracles didnt stop at the oil and the icons The church was in need of a deacon
Joseph, from El-Menya, Upper Egypt was living in USA. He was married to a true Christian Woman from Mexico. Adriana wished they could live together in Mexico among her family, But it was impossible for Joseph to live in a place that has no Coptic Orthodox Church.
The Group from USA, Canada, and Sweden was joined by servants from Mexico.
What did we do???
We Offered and received Love!!
We Taught and Learned
We Witnessed the work of God
And were witnesses for God
And we p