The former Moderators' Challenge will send £16,800 to refugee project in Egypt

The 2016 Moderators’ Challenge has raised £16,800 for the St Andrews Refugee Service in Cairo Egypt. Very Rev Dr Angus Morrison created the challenge with former National Youth Assembly Moderator Hannah Mary Goodlad after they visited the project as part of a World Mission visit to the Church of Egypt last January.

The StARS project helps 16,500 refugees each year by providing education for children, legal aid and counselling services.

Teachers at the StARS project
Dr Morrison met the teachers who educate around 250 children, 4 days a week at the St Andrews Refugee project in Cairo.

“I am delighted that we will be able to send almost £17,000 to the StARS project,” Dr Morrison said. “StARS was one of the most important and inspirational projects I visited during my year as Moderator and I know that Mrs Morrison and Hannah Mary were equally impressed with the quality of their work and the difference they are making for some of the most vulnerable of people.”

Around 50 people helped raise funds with a sponsored cycle around 13-mile Loch Leven Heritage Trail. A Guild group held a sponsored silence and many others donated to the challenge. In addition, the National Youth Assembly held a backpack project, which sent school supplies to children.

Dr Morrison said he was pleased to learn that the congregations that took part in the sponsored cycle want to keep on raising money for StARS by making the cycling challenge an annual event.

Christopher Eades, StARS Executive Director, says:

“This donation will come in very, very useful. The economic situation here is very bad - the Egyptian pound was recently devalued and this has meant some very troubling inflation and cuts in government subsidies.

“Refugees, including our staff, are struggling to get by.

“We are now providing food and money for medical interventions for those in dire need and this will certainly help with that.”

Find out more about the Church of Scotland's work in Egypt by following Rev Colin Johnstone's ColininCairo blog. Mr Johnstone is a Mission Partner at the Evangelical Theology Seminary, Cairo.