• Kenya - JOB VACANCY!!!!

    Senior Data Officer

    Duties and responsibilities

    1. Oversee the functions of the data department in their respective clinics
    2. Ensure that daily, weekly and monthly work schedule is maintained by Data Office staffs
    3. Liaise with other departments to ensure that clients attends all the necessary sections
    4. Prepare reports(i.e Dasco,PITC,HEI and weekly data minutes) and document them
    5. Modify SPSS error syntaxes
    6. Training interviewers on how to fill/complete the patients encounter forms and importance of data
    7. Maintain data security and set up/maintain data files/databases
    8. Perform data cleaning and quality assurance procedures
    9. Ensure data quality is maintained and protocol observed during data collection and entry
    10. Perform any other duties as assigned by the Program Manager/Data manager

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Statistics or Mathematics or its equivalent.
    • At least 2 years experience working in a health related field
    • Knowledge in reporting requirements for MOH and PEPFAR funded programs will be an added advantage
    • Proficiency in use of statistical software (SPSS and ACCESS software).
    • Experience in handling large data in a busy environment
    • High attention to details and analytical skills required

    Please drop your CV to the HR office or email recruitments@copticmission.org Deadline for application is 31st October 2014!! Late applications will not be accepted!

  • Liberia

    “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it”. (1 Cor 12:26)


    The Coptic Mission sent three servants to Liberia under the leadership of H.G. Bishop Paul to assist with the Ebola outbreak crisis for 10 days in September. The Coptic Church has a rich history of caring for those who need it the most, despite undesirable circumstances. Just as Christ, the Good Shepherd cares for His flock, the church makes it a point to extend help, care and love to all those who are in need. We strive to follow the examples of our fathers, such as St. Shenouda who, when there was a great feminine in the land, opened the doors of the monastery’s food storage to distribute to the starving community. Also, St. Anthony who, without regard for his own safety, would visit the communities effected by the plague.

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  • Love of Christ for His Precious dying Children


    "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love". - 1 Cor 13:13

    We feel the burden upon our hearts as servants of God and His children to stretch out our hands and help spiritually, medically and financially as we have been called to do, with love, as Christians and missionaries and children of Martyrs. "For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again". - 2 Cor 5:14-15

    Having said this, a group of volunteer fathers, medical and spiritual teams will go to the affected areas to offer assistance, under the leadership of Bishop Paul, while working with CDC USA and/or other international medical teams providing aid in those areas.
    The mission will take all necessary precautions as per instructions given by the CDC in order to ensure the safety of all volunteers and missionaries. However, our greater trust remains steadfast in our Lord that He will protect and guide all those who are serving Him. "But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God". - Acts 20:24

    If you would like to help, by volunteering some of your time or offering a donation of money or medical supplies/medication, please contact us as soon as possible. We anticipate traveling from September 12th - 21st. If you are able to contribute your skills/expertise to this cause, the Mission can assist with travel expenses.

    May God bless you!
    Bishop Paul
    Bishop for Mission Affairs

  • Zambia

    God blessed us with a new School in Kanyama Zambia


    Thanks to a project funded by the Government of Japan, we are so excited to announce a recently made gift made to St.Abanoub Christian Community School in Lusaka. In a very special ceremony, attended by Our dear father His Grace Bishop Paul, Bishop of Mission Affairs for Coptic Orthodox Church, Mr. Potpher Tembo, Deputy Mayor of Lusaka City, H.E. Mr. Ragaai Tawfiq Said Nasr, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Republic of Zambia, Mrs. Isolde Aust, Counsellor at the Embassy of Germany and many dear friends and family of the Coptic Mission, Mr. Hideki Yamaji, counselor and deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Japan, handed over brand new, fullyequipped buildings to the school.

    Mr. Yamaji praised the efforts of the administration and staff of St. Abanoub, pointing out that before the school had been established, there was only one public school serving a population of 20,000 in the community inKanyama. Since 2007, St. Abanoub has vastly increased the opportunities available to orphans and vulnerable children. It is his hope, and indeed ours, that these new facilities will further increase opportunities, otherwise unavailable to the children of this community.

    We are so thankful for God’s provision and for His hand, always at work, to provide for His little ones. Please continue to pray for the school, the staff and the students.

  • Nigeria

    The wonderful face of Christ in Nigeria


    First and foremost, we would like to thank God for blessing us with the opportunity to serve in Nigeria.

    How wonderful it was to see the face of Christ in the people we visited with daily, and to feel the constantly encouraging spirit of the servants. God spoke individual messages to each of us, whether it was during the Liturgy, visitations, the medical mission, our daily bible studies, contemplations or our prayer meetings. As a group, we truly learned the meaning of communion with Christ and fellowship with one another. It was refreshing to share the same mission and passion of spreading the love of our Lord.

    It was no coincidence that God allowed us to struggle in the service so that ultimately we would fully rely on Him. We are His ambassadors carrying His message, and it was when we forgot that, that we struggled. We felt His hand on our service when we gave it all to Him. This had a major impact on our lives, one that guided us to renew our hearts in order to keep a spirit of unity and service.

    When look for God, He reveals Himself to us in so many ways. It may at times appear to be a coincidence, causing us to look to Heaven and to smile knowing that His hands are always at work. He is always there, in our service and in our lives. How comforting it is to know that He always wants to be part of our lives, just as He demonstrated in Nigeria. It is our prayer that He does so daily.

    Thank you so much to Father Mena and Father Mark for loving us so much and for giving us a glimpse of a life of service and unity with Christ. May God give us the opportunity to come back for the renewal of our spirits and cry out and ask Him to "Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10).

  • Kenya

    Giving and Receiving


    This was my first trip to Maseno, Kenya, and I was blessed to be with eight other servants who became my brothers and sisters in no time. I saw Christ through people's love, contentment, and faith – something that is very hard to put in words.

    Through God's grace, we were able to provide medical services and see a large number of people who needed medical care. I went to Maseno thinking I would be the one giving, after all we were providing the medical services. What I didn’t count on was all the many blessings and the love that I received from the people we were there to serve. I believe I saw the Holy Spirit in their actions and through their life. God willing I will go back again, very soon. I can’t wait to taste the Holy Spirit again!

  • Kenya

    Learning New Lessons


    Where to begin with the lessons which Africa has taught me? I can, without hesitation, say that the three mission trips in which God has allowed me to participate have shaken my entire life. Just as each trip has been special and unique, God’s message on each occasion was personal and unique.

    My first lesson was in understanding the sheer joy that the word of God can bring to those who have not yet heard it, a feeling those of us who have grown up in the church may sometimes take for granted. On my second trip, God began to show me how He can use us to grow deeper roots in an area which may seem less receptive, but nevertheless be filled with souls that are just as thirsty for Him.

    During our third trip, and second visit to Nigeria, the excitement at the cultural difference was largely gone, and was instead replaced by a realization of Christ’s true harvest that awaits the Gospel.

    Despite there being many Christians in the area in which we were serving, there was often great confusion over who Christ is and what the role of the Church is. During one visitation a man asked us what we would want in return, if he came to our church. This affected me greatly – had this man been told that he was not deserving of God’s free gift? Or had he simply never been told about the incredible gift God had given us when He sent His Son to die on the cross for us.

    Consequently, mission has come to primarily mean a search for God’s children who have never heard the Good News or perhaps been subject to corrupt views of Christianity. St. John writes to us in his first epistle about the experience of seeing, hearing and touching Christ so that we may all share this fellowship with him and so that our joy may be full. Both the seclusion and quiet time that we have during these trips, as well as the visitations and mission work, allow us to truly see, hear and touch Christ. Sharing this experience with our brothers and sisters in Nigeria, and the other countries we visit, so that we may have fellowship with them, and so that their joy may be full, completes our joy in an indescribable way.

  • Tanzania/Kenya

    The Difference His Presence Makes


    The week we spent in Maseno was a life changing experience for many of us and, indeed, a time full of blessings. Our group consisted of nine servants; two physicians, one nurse, one pharmacist, a medical student and four spiritual servants and coordinators.

    Every day, after nourishing our own spirit with prayers, quiet time and sharing, we would head to one of the local villages to provide medical services. We saw an average of 50 to 60 patients per day, and treated a wide variety of primary care conditions and infectious diseases. We offered treatment and medication to those with conditions we could treat, and referrals and heartfelt prayers for those with illnesses beyond our capacity.

    We all saw Christ in the humility, simplicity and hospitality of our patients and the local residents, who, after our long day of work would welcome us into their homes, offer us food and drink and allow us to share the word of God.

    Our time in Kenya left a lasting impression on us and many of us are praying that it is God’s will that we return one day. In the meantime, we are convicted to continue witnessing daily in our own communities, homes, and places of work.

    We noticed that the common theme for that week was that the love of Christ was truly the one and only thing that can unite different people; the poor and the rich, the old and young, the healthy and the sick, the locals and the foreigners. This was especially obvious on our last day when we served at the local prison in Kisumu. The guards were very strict; they were both seen and heard. But when it came time for us to sing and praise, it was difficult to tell who the guards were and who the prisoners were because everyone was praising, singing and dancing with the same heart and passion.

  • Kenya

    One Step At a Time


    Thanks to the Coptic Medical Association of North America (CMANA) a group of 40 dedicated volunteers from across the United States, England, and Kuwait traveled to Kenya to participate in a mission trip. It was an incredible experience that involved not just medical campaigns, but also spiritual outreach.

    The last time I returned from a mission trip, I reflected on the amazing faith I found in the people I encountered. While they were certainly not rich by American standards, they were rich in the things of God – a far more fulfilling wealth. This trip, however, revealed new lessons to me. We were there during the Feast of Ascension and were studying the book of Acts. Two verses in particular, from chapter one really captured the essence of the lessons we learned during this trip. .

    "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication …" Acts 1:14 It was inspiring for me to see people from different countries, of different ages and educational backgrounds, come together with the servants in Kenya, in one accord to do the work Christ instructed us to do. Indeed, we visited the widows and orphans and we cared for the sick and needy. It is impossible to overhaul the foundation of a community and meet its long-term needs in just one week. It is, however, possible to be Christ to every individual we meet. Being Christ was happening every day through every person on the mission trip – from the Bible story shared in Sunday school to the prayer shared between doctor and patient.

    Our time in Kenya left a lasting impression on us and many of us are praying that it is God’s will that we return one day. In the meantime, we are convicted to continue witnessing daily in our own communities, homes, and places of work.

    "...But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8..

  • Kenya

    Medical Campaign


    The Coptic Hospital From the 26th – to the 30th of May 2014 were blessed to have a team of medical Personnel and students who came all the way from the United States. They conducted free medical campaigns in different under privileged areas within Nairobi who cannot afford quality healthcare. There was also a team who shared the word of God with those who turned up as well as doing door to door visitations. These are the areas that were visited and the number of people seen:

    1. Lenana (Ng’ando area) – There was a huge turn up here and 345 patients were seen in total

    2. Mukuru Kwa Njenga – 273 patients seen...The Evangelism also involved some muslims who opened their door for us.

    3. Kasarani Mwiki – 228 patients seen.

    4. Kangemi – 148 patients seen

    5. Kabiria area – 78 patients.

    In total the team was able to attend to 1,072 Patients in that whole week. All Glory to God for blessing us with wonderful medical team of medical experts who sacrificed their time to bring God’s people the much needed free physical health and spiritual nourishment.

  • Congo

    Masweeka– From Trial to Triumph


    We were asked to go to a village in the middle of the brush called Kananga. When we arrived, they told us that there were many people waiting for us in another village called Masweeka. To my amazement this village was another 15 hours deeper into the bush, and the only way to get there was to travel a broken road. It was a very difficult journey and at times our bodies couldn't handle the pain. Nevertheless, it was truly a passion week never to forget.

    When we finally reached the village of Masweeka, we were met with an incredible surprise. There was the congregation waiting for us by the roadside with palm branches and flowers. We discovered that they had been waiting all night for our arrival. They blocked the road and started singing, and after they had finished we enjoyed a time of prayer with them. We then continued our journey to our guest house, but once again the next church stopped us and did the same thing. This happened many times.

    I was amazed at the spiritual hunger and the joyful hearts so clearly displayed by all the people we met. I truly felt Christ was dwelling among them. There are 14 churches in this village and over 2,000 people. There are so many people and so much need. They have built their churches with mud and bricks and they are eager for Bibles in their local language. Their reaction to the spiritual resources we provided them with made me feel bad - we take our Bibles and our resources for granted. We enjoyed Holy Week there which culminated in with over 200 baptisms and a Resurrection Feast never to be forgotten. It was a tough and painful journey, but truly fitting for the occasion of the Resurrection.

    Please pray for the 14 Coptic churches in Masweeka, Congo.

  • Kenya

    Priest's Ordination


    “This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Our faithful servants and deacons were ordained a priest by His Grace Bishop Paul who was given permission from His Holiness Pope Tawadros II. The deacons’ names were Mark, Daniel and Stephen and are now Father Macarius, Father Seraphim and Father Stephen respectively. We believe that these faithful servants who were called from God will make a big difference in the service and bring people closer to God and will make the Coptic Church grow more.

  • Kenya

    NEWS FROM KENYA


    “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

    Recent minor events in Kenya have caused many of us to busy ourselves with worry, but it is precisely at times like these that we ought to remember that God is in control and that nothing happens that He has not ordained.

    Television news will comprise of footage focused on heartbreak, while newspaper headlines will trumpet the statistics. Sadly, it is precisely these kinds of tragedies that the media latches onto and magnifies for the television ratings and the newspaper sales. Let us focus instead on the important Kingdom work that must continue. He must be our focus; our sights must be set on Him. And only then can we truly live out our purpose for Him.

    The Coptic Mission remains safe and a hub of activity – our brothers and sisters in the field are all well and have not been affected. Please continue to keep the Mission and the missionaries in your prayers.

  • Zambia

    St.Moses Expansion


    Thanks to Touching Hearts’ generous donation, we were able to expand St. Moses School and create a third classroom. This allows us to keep students at the school past Grade 2 and up to Grade 3 which eliminates the difficult transition from school to school. This also enables us to better implement our unique teaching method; students rotate classrooms and teachers are assigned different subjects to teach the children. With this unique approach, teachers focus and prepare a specific subject which allows students to better grasp the subject material. The students and staff are very excited and looking forward to the new year.

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  • Zambia

    Ordination of Father Bishoy


    “This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” December 29, 2013 was an unforgettable day for the Coptic people in Lusaka, Zambia. We were blessed to be a part of a big celebration, where the congregation of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Zambia was able to attend a few ordinations and consecration.

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  • Kenya

    2014 Feast of Nativity


    Together with all our Orthodox brothers and sisters around the world, St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Kenya celebrated Christmas Eve on January 6, 2014. It was an honor to have, among other special guests, dignitaries from the Egyptian Embassy in Kenya, including His Excellency, Ambassador Kadri Fathi Abdel-Motelib.

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  • Congo

    The Church in Congo’s Bush


    “… but Satan blocked our way.” (1 Thessalonians 2:18) But thanks to God who gives us victory through Jesus Christ. “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1Timothy 2:3-4)

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  • Tanzania

    Tanzania Churches Growing


    What a blessing it was to accompany Father Angelos and Michael from St. Mary’s Church in Cairo, as well as five other servants from St. Mark’s Church in Sydney, as they visited and prayed in our growing churches in Kigoma.

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  • Kenya

    Coptic Hospital Soft Opening for Consultant Doctors


    On January 16, 2014 His Grace Bishop Paul hosted a cocktail party for the doctors to celebrate the soft launch.

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  • Getting to Zero

    Coptic Hope Center Commemorates World AIDS Day 2013


    The Coptic Hospital and Hope Center celebrated World Aids Day on the 29th of November 2013, at the main hospital in Nairobi.

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  • Kenya

    Coptic Mission celebrates a New year with the wonderful Staff


    2013 was a very busy year for all our medical mission staff. It was a year that saw the transition from the small fragmented units of the hospital to the new, more comprehensive Coptic Hospital.

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  • Mighty Arrow

    The Fruit of Faith


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  • Coptic Hospital Kenya

    Coptic Hospital Taking Initiative in the Community


    Over the years, the Coptic Hospital has made it a priority to educate the community in issues dealing with health and well-being. Numerous people have benefitted from the health talks and the medical camps occasionally organized by the hospital.

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  • Nairobi

    Our Priest with the Bishop


    H.G. Bishop Paul conducted two priest and servant conferences last month; in Kenya and Congo.

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  • Tanzania

    Bishop with Father Joshua in Tanzania


    Coptic Mission Tanzania was so blessed to receive 15 youth from St. Mary Ard el Golf Church, in Egypt in early October to serve in the areas of Mwanza and Musoma, Tanzania.

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  • Maseno

    Bishop Sharing


    H.G. Bishop Paul conducted two priest and servant conferences last month; in Kenya and Congo.

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  • Congo

    Congo Servants and priest


    The mission is happy to report that our Coptic School in Congo has added a new class. The school is fully functional, has approximately 200 children, and is one of the most respected schools in Mombashi.

  • Congo

    Congo Children


    The mission is happy to report that our Coptic School in Congo has added a new class. The school is fully functional, has approximately 200 children, and is one of the most respected schools in Mombashi.

  • Personal Experience

    Right at Home in Maseno


    Maseno has been a profoundly moving experience. For years, I dreamed of going to Kenya and on the flight there I imagined how it would all be. My imagination could not compare to what God had prepared for me through the people of this village.

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  • Nairobi

    St. Mark’s Nairobi November Secondary Class Spiritual Day


    The day started at 11:00am with 47 children in attendance ragging from 11-13years old and all 5 servants. The purpose of the trip was to have fun while hiking and learn about the Temptations of our Lord Jesus from the Gospel of Mathew 4:1-10 and thereafter get a lesson on confession and repentance by our Father.

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  • Nairobi

    St. Marks Coptic Church, Nairobi Annual Servants retreat 2013


    The retreat started on the 30th of November and ended on the 1st of December.

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  • Tanzania

    Tanzania


    Such exciting news out of Musoma,Tanzania as the church continues to grow.

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  • Zambia

    Christmas Comes Early!


    Christmas came early for the children of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Lusaka, Zambia. Thanks to generous donors and supporters in the United States, each of the boys were each given a new suit and each of the girls a new dress.

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  • Zambia

    Christmas Spirit has Arrived


    It’s that time of the year again, and everyone at St. Abanoub Christian Community School is feeling the Christmas spirit! The teachers and children are all likewise excited to be preparing for the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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  • Zambia

    Sweet Treats to Raise Money


    Thanks to the congregation of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Lusaka, we have been working hard to raise money for St. Abanoub Christian Community School.

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  • Zambia

    Zambia Teenager Retreat


    “If you love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15.
    This was theme verse of the teenager retreat this past weekend at St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church of Lusaka.

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