St Michael’s Kelburn has been delighted to support the Strengholts for some years both financially and through prayer. Recently we have extended this to supporting their ministry among the growing numbers of displaced Sudanese in Cairo.
Adrienne and Jos Strengholt have worked in Egypt since 1988. After completing his masters in Near Eastern political history, Jos first worked in journalism then media production (print and television). He has also helped establish a number of community development projects. His work has enabled him to travel widely throughout the region.
Jos now leads a growing church in the heart of Cairo—St. Michael’s, Heliopolis—overseeing a small European, a large Sudanese and two Egyptian congregations. As area Dean, he also oversees some neighbouring churches. Recently he has taken responsibility for reviving the Episcopal Publishing House and establishing a school and community centre for displaced Sudanese stranded in Cairo. Having completed his PhD, he also contributes to the Alexandria School of Theology and its masters programmes. Jos also preaches at St. Mic’s via SKYPE.
Jos is active on facebook if you wish to follow all this…
In addition to overseeing a busy ministry of hospitality, Adrienne has a fruitful role in psychological and pastoral care for refugees (and the Middle East has many of those). She also offers pastoral care to expatriate workers coping with the complexities and stresses of life in Egypt.
Jos and Adrienne feel very much at home in Egypt, where they have raised a (now adult) family of three and collected loads of Egyptian friends. According to Jos, the secret to being useful in ministry in Egypt is ‘just stay long’. The churches in Egypt see foreign workers come and go but those who are not chased away by uprisings, violence, and the normal problems of living in another culture, gain much respect in Egypt.
Several times a year we SKYPE sermons from Jos during our morning services. Keep an eye on our parish facebook page for notice of these.