Touchdown - CairoSQ 428 DXB-CAI, 1st Feb 1999
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|Co-ordinates||Latt 030 00 N, Long 031 13 E|
|Phone code||Country code 20, Cairo
code 2, Exit code 00
Police 122, Fire 125, Ambulance 123
|UTC offset||+ 2|
|Summer time||+3, 24 April to 24 Sep|
|Electricity supply||220 V AC, plugs 2pin (per France) or 3 pin (per UK).|
|Weather highlights||Mild winters: Feb min +13, max +25, hot summers.|
|Web sites||Note: No local ISP in Egypt|
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|Touring Egypt||Interesting travel diary.|
|St Georges Coptic Church||Coptic (orthodox) Church of Egypt|
Today I am tapping away on my notebook computer with the sounds of Cairo wisping in through my open hotel balcony door. I am at the Marriott Hotel on Zamilik Island in the centre of the Nile. This morning's flight from Dubai was one of the most memorable of my career...
Inbound to Cairo, we crossed Saudi Arabia and picked up the Red Sea just south of Sinai ~ where it divides north-east to Jordon and Israel, and north-west to Egypt. We crossed Sinai with the warmth of the morning sun streaming into the cockpit and the sky cloudless ahead.
We overflew the area where the children of Israel wandered for 40 years, then over Mount Sinai where we believe Moses received the greatest and most succinct law ever written.... with Ethiopia just to our left - where there are those who believe the Ark of the Covenant remains guarded? Then we flew over the Suez canal to make our final approach into Cairo.
Radar vectors for runway 05 Right took us towards the Pyramids, just north-west of the city... where the sun glinted on their peaks. Then a right turn to fly down the Nile and pick up the descent beacon at Muqattam Hills. This is an incredibly interesting historical Christian site - and now the location of a Church of some 15,000 people - built on the Cairo rubbish dump (see below).
This was a flight to remember. Rather amazing that we were led to place an antique photo of the Vickers Vimmy flying past the Pyramids on the home page of Airborne a few months ago. Here we are today doing exactly that in our latest technology A340.
Tomorrow I am taking five of our crew members on a tour of some spiritual significance... First to "Old Cairo" where tradition has it that Moses studied as a youth... and also where Joseph and Mary brought the baby Jesus when they fled Herod and Israel. Then I will take them to Muqattam Hills to learn of the miracle of the raising of Mokattan Mountain.
But why should all this wonderful experience be kept to just one crew? Doesn't the web create a cyber venue where we can share such discoveries and encourage others to learn, to experience, and to grow in faith?
I would like to invite you to be a contributor to the "Touchdown" section of the web site... passing on to others encouragement's to faith that you may discover in accordance with our purposes and objectives.
The best way to see the Pyramids is by horse - about USD$5 for two hours plus tips. Ask for Abdul as a tour guide and to get a good horse if you are a rider - if not, then a guide will lead your horse for a tip.
Besides Cairo Museum and the Pharonic Village, another great thing to do is visit the Old Cairo - about half hour taxi ride south of the Marriott - taxi cost about £30 for trip both ways and wait an hour at the site - negotiate price before leaving hotel and pay after trip from outside the cab.
At Old Cairo you will find many Coptic churches, Mosques and the oldest Synagogue in Egypt. It was in this area that according to tradition Moses and Jeremiah used to worship. The district hasn't changed much in 2000 years! You can also find here the Church of St Sergius - where tradition has it that Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus stayed when they fled to Egypt. The Church is not easy to find. The entrance to the area is just east of the Mari Girgis Metro station. Follow the narrow walkway past the St Georges nun chapel, first right, then left and on the right there is a few steps going down to a doorway. Through the door is a small chapel, and in the back a flight of stairs down to a crypt where the holy family are believed to have stayed. It is now filled with water.
Also recommended is a visit to St Bishoi Monastry at Wadi Natrun - about 2.5 hrs drive from the Mariott in Cairo
In 1972 one of the trash collectors met a Christian minister, who shared the Gospel with him. This minister was then invited to start a mission on the rubbish dump. In 1974 this calling was confirmed by God in a number of clear ways, including divine reference to Acts 18:9-10 and Joshua 1:3. Nine people came to the first service on April 13, 1974. Today (1999) the meetings number up to about 15,000 people.
However the real significance of Mokattam is its long history. About 1,000 years earlier, God used Samaan the Tanner as an instrument for performing the miracle of moving the mountain. This history is well documented and is recorded in the book "The Biography of Saint Samaan the Shoemaker" available in the bookshop on the mountain (phn: 202 512-3666, 512-4080 and fax: 512-6150).
This account should be read devoutly. This circumstances of this miracle was forced upon the church by persecution... when they were challenged to prove their faith by fulfilling Matt 17:20 ~ or else to see Christianity crushed in Egypt. After preparation by the church in prayer and fasting, God moved an earthquake on the mountain in accordance with specific worship. Full details are recorded in the booklet.
Today there is a worship service on Thursday evening at 6:30 pm ~ which lasts about 3 hours. The service is in Arabic, but if you ask around you should be able to find someone who will translate into English. While this is an orthodox service, the singing and preaching is Christ centred and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
This is a wonderful place to visit... with a contemplative spirit. The "paradise" of the Church contrasts with the "hell" of the rubbish dump... a spiritual metaphor of death in man, and life in Christ ~ God's heaven modelled along side of man's hell. In the same city are the pyramids... man's vain failure to make eternity for himself! Explore the contrasts and meditate on the spiritual implications. Spend some hours there in contemplation and personal reflection.
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|Church and Mission|
|Maadi Community Church|
|Latest update||28 Feb 98|
|Characteristics||International and Interdenominational.|
|Address||Meets at St John the Baptist Church, corner of Road 17 and Port Said.|
|Church Web site||N/A|
|Contacts||Pastor: Dave Petrescue, office: 351-2755|
|Service times||Friday at 1100 hrs, Sunday at 1900.|
|Language of services||English|
|Transport||Taxi, about LE20 from Mariot Hotel.|
|Notes||Office hours: 0930 to 1400 Wed and Thu, Sunday 0900 to 1500.|
|All Saints Cathedral|
|Latest update||28 Feb 98|
|Characteristics||Traditional Anglican - friendly. You have to ask to find out all that is happening.|
|Address||Michael Lutfallah St,
Zamalek, P.O. Box 87, 11211 Cairo.
Right behind the Marriott Hotel (near rear entrance).
|Church Web site||N/A|
|Contacts||Office: 341-8391, and fax
The Provost or Dean of the Cathedral is Huw Thomas.
P.O. Box 87, Distribution Zamalek, 11211 Cairo.
|Service times||Sundays 0800, 1030 and
Fridays 0930 and 1800
Saturday evening fellowship at 1815 ~ more lively
Tuesday: Bible study at the home of...
Mark and Anette Bennett
Phn: 20 2 341-8391 (b)
|Transport||Next door to the Marriott Hotel.|
|Notes||Office hours: 0930 to 1400
Wed and Thu
Sunday 0900 to 1500.
|Joint Relief Mission - Located at the Cathedral|
|Purposes||There are some 2 million Sudanese refugees in Egypt, and the Church provides a wide range of services and assistance.|
|Can you help?||There is a craft shop where goods can be purchased for the benefit of the refugees, in the basement below the Cathedral offices. There is also a need for postage assistance through friends leaving Egypt. There are also daily needs for volunteers.|
|Contacts||Mark and Anette
Phn: 20 2 341-8391 (b)
|Cairo Christian Fellowship||Meets at St Andrews Church Hall Sun 1800|
|Heliopolis Community Church||10 Seti St, meets at St Michaels Church Fri 0930 and Sun at 1830. Phn: 418-6828|
|St Andrews United||0930 Sun and Fri. Phn: 575-9451, 360-3527|
|St Johns||Trad Int. Anglican Sat 1830, Phn: 378-0087, 353-1453|
|There are also German and Korean Churches - check out listings that are usually available at hotel concierge.|