Out of Egypt

Out of Egypt

May 2012

“Orphan” often means fatherless in Egypt and the fatherless and widow often face illiteracy, child labor, poverty, and shame. Coptic Orphans breaks the cycle through long-term, respectful programs that support a child’s education and development.In these podcasts, we learn about the Christians in Egypt as well as the work of Coptic Orphans, unlocking the God-given potential of children in Egypt through grassroots partner and volunteer networks.



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  • May 24, 2013
    Egypt faces imminent economic collapse and struggles to find political and social cohesiveness two years after the revolution. But as things fall apart all around, the Coptic Church is thriving in Egypt. What exactly is happening? And is this the beginning of a new renaissance for the Coptic Church?
  • January 20, 2013
    Orphanages filled with children that have parents? Kids graduating from school, but never learning how to read? Nermien Riad talks about startling problems she encountered when starting Coptic Orphans in Egypt 25 years ago, and how she discovered ready answers in the living traditions of Egypt's Orthodox Church.
  • November 8, 2012
    Nathan Hollenbeck interview His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK. His Grace describes how Egyptian monasticism—the heartbeat of the Coptic Church—is becoming a refuge among current trials in Egypt.
  • October 7, 2012
    Nathan Hollenbeck interviews Dwight Bashir, Deputy Director of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, on current religious freedom issues that impact Copts in Egypt.
  • July 23, 2012
    Orthodox Christian Congressman Gus Bilirakis of Florida has led efforts on Capital Hill to bring religious persecution to the fore of legislative attention. In this interview, Rep. Bilirakis talks about his personal mission to protect Christian minority groups in the Middle East, and what Orthodox Christians in North America can do to help. He discusses pressure on the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey, US Military Aid to Egypt, and other issues.
  • July 15, 2012
    In a sense, we’re all fatherless. Nathan Hollenbeck tells one child’s story in Egypt, and uses Hosea 11:1 to reflect on what we all have in common with this boy.
  • June 1, 2012
    It is estimated that, worldwide, 115 million widows live in extreme poverty. Yet most of these women and their children face discrimination and outright injustice. In this latest podcast from Coptic Orphans, Nathan Hollenbeck looks at the cultural discrimination that widows face in Egypt and other lands of the Bible.
  • May 7, 2012
    Nathan Hollenbeck of Coptic Orphans discusses the state of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt. The country has experienced much turmoil since the January 25 Revolution. But even before then, Coptic Christians had seen their churches bombed and demonstrators attacked. Nathan also discusses Christ’s love for the widow and the orphan, their position in Coptic society, and the special ministry to them that Coptic Orphans performs.

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