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Safaa Fahmi graduated from Cairo Evangelical Seminary, received two graduate degrees from Cincinnati Christian University, and a Doctorate 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.
Christian villages of 15,000 to 40,000 people are adjacent to most of the major cities in 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 the 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 Supper 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 have graduated over 500 students in these degree programs since December 2012.
Extension campuses are in EI-Minia, Sohag, Assiut, and 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. Pictured above is one of our training centers. This three-story facility houses 200 students with a cafeteria that will feed 250.