On October 4, 2014, His Grace Bishop Youssef went to our new land in Santa Rosa, Bolivia and met with the community. H.G. gave a small spiritual word to the people followed by a question and answer period. Also, during this visit, H.G. announced to the community about the first church that will be built there with the Grace of God under the name of St. Verena. The people were very joyful and excited about the church being built in their community. At the same time, the servants organized some activities for all the children who were present which were about 50. During the time of the activities, H.G. Bishop Youssef met with all the parents of those children.
Santa Rosa is approximately 2 hours away from St. Mary and St. Mark’s Cathedral by car. Through the intercessions of St. Mary and St. Verna, may their prayers be with us and the new land where the church will be built.
“Out of Egypt I called my Son.” Matt 2:14
On September 18, 2014, arrived in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and began their service under the auspice of H.G. Bishop Youssef. They presented the Egyptian culture on Sunday, September 21, 2014 in Plaza de los Estudiants, downtown Santa Cruz. The group presented a traditional dance, a movie about the appearances of St. Mary, the life of Anba Antonious the father of Monks, the Egyptian culture and a map of the Holy Family in Egypt. They also displayed Pharaonic statues and Egyptian plates to taste the culture.
On Friday, September 26, 2014, the same was presented in the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Mark´s Coptic Orthodox Church.
In addition, they prepared some activities in Juguemos a Aprender daycare and St. Abraam daycare. The group also organized a lot of different activities for the kids, youth, graduates, and women in the church of St. Mary and St. Joseph, Valle Sanchez, Archangel Michael in Paquio, St. Philopateer in Montero, St. George church in Santa Cruz and St. Verena church in Santa Rosa village. They visited an orphanage and prepared food for the homeless.
St. Mark’s translators is the first group to come from Egypt. May God bless them and all their hard work and may the Lord reward them in heavenly rewards through the prayers of St. Mary and St. Mark, the prayers of H.H. Pope Tawadros II who encrouged them through every step and the prayers of H.G. Bishop Youssef who created this group since 2006.
His Grace Bishop Youssef, Bishop of Bolivia and Father Andrawes El Antony went to Lima, Peru on September 13, 2014 and prayed Liturgy there for peace in the Middle East. A few Ambassadors from many different countries attended as well as a representative on behalf of the government of Peru. Also, present was our Ambassador Mr. Ahmed Salama, our Consul Dr. Mena Baseely, a Bishop of an Anglican church and some of the Fathers of his church, Father Sergio as a representative of our sister Greek Orthodox church and the president of the Egyptian community. After the Liturgy, we had Aghaby as His Grace Bishop Youssef presented gifts to all who attended. During this visit, His Grace Bishop Youssef visited the Embassy, his Coptic children in Lima and looked for a new land to build a church under the name of St. Mary and St. Mark.
On septembre 13, 2014, The Cathedral of St. Mary & St. Mark organized the 3rd mini marathon “God is love” in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. During this event, there were more than a 1000 participants. With the Grace of H.G. Bishop Youssef and the encouragement of Mr. Raef Guirges along with all who helped organize this event, the marathon was a great success.
“The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”
By the grace of God, on August 28, 2014, H.G. Bishop Youssef held the first meeting in the new church of St. George in Santa Cruz Bolivia. Many Children and adults where present in the meeting and they where very joyful that a church will be built in their area. The meeting started with spiritual songs followed by a talk by H.G. Bishop Youssef regarding the Sacraments of the Church and the cross, followed by a question and answer period where H. G. answered the peoples questions. At the end of the meeting there was Aghapy and they took pictures as well as receiving a cross and a picture of St. George to mark the occasion. We ask The Lord through the intercession of St. George to protect and bless this place.