FILE – Church cross against the sky – Public Domain Pictures/Peter Griffin
CAIRO – 5 December 2018: The Evangelical Community is celebrating as the cornerstone of the first Evangelical church in the Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh is set to be laid Wednesday in the presence of a number of officials.
Andrea Zaki, president of the Protestant Community of Egypt, said the new church aims to achieve the vision of the national Evangelical Community in serving everyone.
Zaki also mentioned the services that would be provided by the church including, establishing a tourist attraction that aims at developing tourism in the Red Sea city, as well as establishing clinics, and a training center.
Major General Khaled Fouda, the governor of South Sinai, is set to attend the celebration along with a number of security, religious, parliamentarian, public and ecclesiastical figures.
Ehab Samir, the representative of the Evangelical Community in South Sinai, said late in September that they have obtained permission to build a church in Sharm El-Sheikh and have also received a piece of land for it.
Samir said that the church will not only be used for worship, but will also be added to the religious shrines in Sharm El-Sheikh, next to the Sahaba Mosque, as a new tourist attraction. He explained that a panorama will also be constructed inside the church to present information about the Pharaonic civilization, the church's culture and various religious institutions. Moreover, a museum and a library are set to be constructed to encourage creative individuals.