The Bishop of Egypt, Dr. Mouneer Anis, has applauded President Sisi’s plan to build a second Suez Canal as an investment in the country’s future.
Last week we heard about terrorist attacks which targeted the army and the police in Egypt. These attacks occur from time to time since the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood from power.
Also last week, millions of Egyptians queued in the banks to deposit whatever they had in order to participate with the Egyptian government in fulfilling a new project in Egypt to establish a new canal parallel to Suez Canal. This was the response of the Egyptian people to the call made by President Al-Sisi to participate in this “project of the country.”
The new canal project will cost around 60 billion Egyptian pounds, but it will improve the economy and create many job opportunities. People bought shares in this project according to their ability from as low as 10 Egyptian pounds to several thousand pounds. The surprise was that the people paid more than the 60 billion pounds needed for the project.
This was an amazing response from the Egyptian people who did not allow fear from terrorism to hinder their hope in the future of Egypt. I see the millions who crowded at the banks as another referendum in support of the current government. It is a new spirit and a new hope.
I hope the similar new spirit may spread in the church of the Middle East. We need such a new hope while we are facing many challenges such as the immigration of youth and violence against Christians.
We can have such new hope when we hold on to God’s promise “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43 : 19)
Let us lay aside every fear, wrong and weight which can hinder us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
May the Lord Bless you!
The Most Rev Mouneer Anis
Bishop of Egypt and President Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East