The church is strongest in any society when Christians know what the Bible teaches about faith in Jesus Christ and the life principles that help them live in their society as God’s instruments of love and peace.
An Egyptian national, living and worshiping in Indianapolis IN in the early 1980’s told the minister of an Egyptian preacher who just wanted to be a simple New Testament Christian and teach other Egyptian Christians to do the same. Professors from the Cincinnati Christian University contacted Safaa Fahmi during their travels and were impressed with his personal understanding of the Bible and his desire to help Egyptian Christian communities grow. Early founders of CAS were involved with CCU and churches in the Cincinnati area.
CAS is guided by a philosophy that makes us helpers and not primary leaders. From the beginning we have sought to assist Safaa Fahmi and his workers with funding, teachers and wisdom gathered from our experiences with similar mission works. Under Safaa’s leadership, Egyptian Christians design and implement the educational and benevolent work that has developed through CAS.
Egypt is the land of pharaohs, the Nile, pyramids and 5,000 years of ancient history. Joseph, eleventh son of Jacob, came to Egypt as a slave and gained influence until he was second in command in the nation. His descendants became slaves over the next 400 years. God Called Moses to deliver them from bondage and lead them to their new nation, Israel. (Genesis 37 – Joshua 3).
Tradition holds that Mark, writer of the second gospel, went to Egypt and planted Christian Churches. The Coptic Orthodox church claims to be the spiritual descendant of Mark’s missionary labors. (The word, “Coptic” means “Egyptian.”) They differ from the Eastern Orthodox (Byzantine) and Roman Catholic churches in their view of Christ’s divinity. The Coptic church claims that Jesus was exclusively divine, while the Western and Eastern Churches teach that Christ was both human and divine.
Muslim forces defeated Cairo and Alexandria in 642. Largely a Coptic Christian nation, the majority of people under duress converted to Islam by the ninth century.
The Twentieth Century Egyptian monarchy was overthrown in 1952 and a constitutional form of government was established creating a secular state. Non-Islamic religions are tolerated. Christians are at a disadvantage in employment, business and in civil matters. Financial rewards are offered to those who convert to Islam.
Egypt is crucial both politically and socially because of her history and location.
Egypt is 12-14% Christian. The Christian community includes the Coptic, Protestant and Roman Catholic churches. It is a capital crime for a Muslim to convert to Christianity and for a Christian to actively try to convert a Muslim. CAS works within the Christian community and across denominational lines.