The MECC Youth Program organized a Work & Study Camp for young people in
Egypt from July 28 to August 2, 2006. The camp was hosted by the Greek
Orthodox Women¹s Centre in Alexandria. 26 young men and women (with equal
gender balance) from the different member churches and regions of Egypt
participated in volunteer manual work (painting the fence of the school
annexed to the Orthodox Center), as well as in discussions on the theme:
"Youth and Awareness".
The camp aimed at maintaining the Christian value of voluntary work. Campers
discussed the theme of the camp in an ecumenical setting and from different
perspectives: awareness of the Biblical interpretation, of what humanity
requires from them, how can the will of God be discovered in one¹s life, and
reflection on the story of the Good Samaritan. Bible studies and worships
were held every morning and evening. The group used this opportunity to
visit churches and monasteries, the main Library of Alexandria, and to meet
with youth groups in the city.
This is how some of the campers evaluated the activity: "This camp was a
surprise to me. When I first registered to participate, I had some
hesitation to meeting other people from other Christian denominations. I
learned through this camp how to deal with others, and learned about their
liturgies and prayers". (Martina Fathi Greek Orthodox Church).
"We worked together in a nice ecumenical spirit which I had never
experienced before. I attended others¹ worships and I learned that I should
be happy to see brothers and sisters from other denominations praying to God
in a different way". (Raef Amir Evangelical Church).
"It was the first time that I participated in a meeting with representatives
of the four families of churches. I learned and experienced a lot more than
I expected. It was a time for me to reflect on my life in relation with
others". (Amal NageebCatholic Church). For more information please contact
Youth Coordinator in Egypt, Ms Genevieve William at: jouna@...
Middle East Council of Churches
Office of International Ecumenical Relations P.O. Box 5376, Beirut, Lebanon
Guirgis Ibrahim Saleh, General Secretary mecc@...