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Helen Botros (nee Fraser) - Egypt

I have served with the Anglican Diocese of Egypt, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa since 2003. I worship with the All Saints Cathedral community in Cairo. I helped establish the Alexandria School of Theology (AST) in 2005, and am responsible for developing worldwide partnerships that advance its mission and vision.

I initially worked as the personal assistant for Bishop Mouneer Anis (Bishop of Egypt). During this time, I was invited to join the taskforce commissioned by the synod in 2005 to set up a school of theology. I was then appointed the AST development officer.

Call 

Saving the lost in the Middle East, by enabling the Church in Egypt to teach and form Christian leaders who will effectively serve their communities and draw people into a deeper and closer relationship with God

Role 

Fundraiser and programme officer for the Alexandria School of Theology

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In 2009, AST had its first graduation ceremony. Around 17 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theology and an additional number with a diploma in theology. Also in 2009, we established a masters programme.

By this time, the AST Egyptian academic and administrative full time staff had reached 14, precipitating the need for me to focus on my colloquial Arabic language skills. So I moved to Upper Egypt and worked at the Lillian Trasher Orphanage in Assiut. However, the situation in Egypt at the start of 2011 was such that I needed to return to Cairo, where I resumed working for AST and at the Harpur Memorial Hospital, Sadat City. Towards the end of 2013, I helped start and resource the diocesan ministry to Syrian refugees.

Today AST has more than 150 Egyptian and Sudanese graduates serving in ordained and lay capacities throughout Egypt as well as in Sudan and South Sudan. Every time I read a student testimony, I am reminded of how God is using AST to transform lives and this fills me with an inexpressible joy.

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