The Reverend Andy Thompson, MBE

Reverend Andy Thompson MBE at Buckingham Palace with his wife NavinaThe Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt Revd Michael Lewis, is delighted to offer the diocese’s warmest congratulations to the Revd Andrew Thompson, at present Chaplain of Abu Dhabi and until recently Chaplain of Kuwait, on his being made a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in HM the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2011.

He receives the honour for services to human rights and promoting interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims in Kuwait.

Please remember Andy, Navina, and their family, and the peoples of Kuwait and Abu Dhabi, in your thanksgivings and prayers.

+Michael Cyprus and the Gulf

The Reverend Jebaraj Devasagayam

The Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt Revd Michael Lewis, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Jebaraj Devasagayam, at present a theological writer, publisher, and teacher in Bangalore, India, to be Assistant Priest in the Chaplaincy of the Epiphany, Doha, Qatar.

He expects to move to Qatar imminently and to be welcome by the congregations of the chaplaincy on Friday 31 December.

Please remember Fr Jebaraj, his wife Felshi, and their children Immanuel and Sarah in your prayers, as well as the people of the Chaplaincy of the Epiphany.

+Michael Cyprus and the Gulf

August 2010

New Doctors Arrive
We are delighted to announce that two Korean doctors, Jihong and Sunghye, have arrived at Christ Church and are working at Ras Morbat Clinic on a permanent basis. Dr Jihong is an experienced ophthalmologist and has already proved to be a great asset in the Eye Department. We have been without a permanent eye surgeon since January and have been dependent on visiting surgeons to perform operations. Jihong’s arrival means that regular operations have resumed which is wonderful news for the many people in Yemen who are visually impaired. Jihong is also training the two junior ophthalmologists, Dr Tahani and Dr Randa, who have recently joined the Diploma in Ophthalmology course at the University of Aden. Jihong’s wife, Dr Sunghye, is a gynaecologist/ obstetrician and is serving the local female population in the General Department. The clinic has not had a gynaecologist for a number of years and word is now spreading that she is here. Both doctors have been received warmly by the clinic staff.

Solomon’s Baptism

Rev Nigel Dawkins with the newly baptised Solomon and familyThere was a great celebration on 4th June when Solomon Nazir, the youngest member of the congregation, was baptised at the main service. It was a joy for all to share such an important day with Nazir, Firdous and their family. Firdous is the nurse in the General Department at Ras Morbat Clinic and lives on site with her family. Solomon is the Pakistani family’s third child, his brother Adam and his sister Edna already being regular members of the children’s Friday School which meets during worship on Friday mornings. We welcomed Solomon into the family of the Church and celebrated with a party after the service.

Dr Jan’s Visit
In June we welcomed Dr Jan Tynovsky, an eye surgeon from the Czech Republic, to Ras Morbat Clinic. He came for ten days and performed many eye operations whilst here. Jan is no stranger to Aden, having been here many times before. He enjoyed being back, especially having the chance to visit old haunts and meet old friends. We are extremely grateful to Jan for giving his time and skill so generously to the clinic here, and very much hope that he will be able to visit us again next year.

Ordination in Baghdad
Bishop Michael, Rev Faiz and the clergy at St George's in BaghdadAnother highlight of the summer was our visit to St George’s Church in Baghdad to attend an ordination. We met Faiz and his wife at diocesan synod in February and heard what life has been like for Iraqi Christians in recent years. He is the first Iraqi to be ordained into the Anglican church and we were delighted to secure visas and go to Iraq to support him at his deaconing. We had a wonderful time meeting the Iraqis who make up the congregation at St George’s Church, and enjoyed meeting a number of expats working in military and diplomatic roles in the Green Zone

Ever keen to visit Biblical sites, we also had a day-trip out of Baghdad to visit two fascinating places: Babylon and Ezekiel’s tomb. Iraq continues to be a country of great insecurity where the future is uncertain, and we continue to pray for its people as they build a new life for themselves.

Prayer Points

  • for Jihong and Sunghye as they settle into life and work in Aden
  • for the security situation in Yemen
  • for the people of Yemen as they struggle to live with fuel shortages and rising electricity and water prices
  • for the work and ministry of St George’s Church in Baghdad

The Reverend Penny George

Reverend Penny GeorgeBishop Michael greatly regrets to announce the death of the Revd Penny George, who had the Bishop’s Permission to Officiate in the diocese and was, during this last year, a loved and valued assistant priest at St Andrew Abu Dhabi. read on

News Update for the Friends AGM

Bishop Michael Lewis - Bishop in Cyprus and the GulfIn what follows I shall supplement and update what I wrote for the Friends’ gathering in April this year, the last to be held at Pilgrim Hall. I start with the chaplaincies, congregations, and local churches, this time first in the Archdeaconry of the Gulf and then in the Archdeaconry of Cyprus. You may care to follow what I say alongside what I wrote in April, beginning at the bottom of the second page. read on

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