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Safaa Fahmi graduated from the Cairo Evangelical Seminary, received two graduate degrees from the Cincinnati Christian University and a Doctor of Divinity from Hope International University in Fullerton California. The 2nd Evangelical Church of Assiut became the second largest protestant congregation in Egypt under Safaa’s thirty year leadership. During these years Safaa’s vision to provide Christian education and benevolent help to poor Christian villages took form. Dr. Lewis Foster, Dr. Reuben Bullard, veteran missionary, LaVern Morse and others met Safaa while visiting Egypt. Other Christian leaders in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area heard of his faith and vision. CAS was formed.
Christian villages of 15,000 to 40,000 people are adjacent to most of the major cities of Egypt. Babies are assigned the religion of their parents at birth. People have lived in “Christian” villages for a lifetime never knowing the fundamental facts of the life of Jesus Christ or mission of His church. These Christian villages, largely composed of the very poor and Illiterate, are ignored by the government.
Beginning with volunteers from his church, Safaa sent out men and women to lead worship, teach children and develop Christian leaders in the villages. Congregations were re-assembled, church doors were opened and people heard the gospel explained simply. Slowly, churches started practicing baptism for the forgiveness of sin and observing the Lord’s super each week.
Safaa left the 2nd Evangelical Church of Assiut and moved to Cairo to expand the base of his growing work. He continued to write and translate books and pamphlets, distributing thousands of Bibles and books of the Bible every year. A correspondence course gave Christians in remote areas a chance to study the Scriptures.
Safaa and his workers have been invited to teach throughout the Middle East. Students from seven countries have studied in our seminar programs.
We dedicated our training center in 2004, providing housing for thirty students and classroom space for fifty. Seminars and college classes filled the schedule giving students a chance to study under Egyptian and international professors. Hope international University in Fullerton, California worked with Safaa to establish internationally recognized curriculums for Bachelors and Masters Degree programs in theology and church leadership. We have graduated students in these degree programs since December, 2012. Extension campuses are in El-Minia, Sohag and Assiut Northern and Southern Sudan
CAS has hosted students from Middle Eastern and African nations. Limited space for our growing educational work led Safaa to pray for a larger training center. This three story facility houses 200 students with a cafeteria that will feed 250. We expect to open the facility to full use in 2016.