St Abraam Ministry

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The services of “St Abraam Ministry” are all about real encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ and relief the suffering and wounds of the members of His body that are called His Brothers. According to Christ’s teachings, what we do to the hungry, thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the prisoner is done to Him personally. Failure of doing something to comfort any of those afflicted is like turning the face away from Christ in His suffering. The consequence is very climatic and vital, either to be considered worthy of God’s kingdom or the eternal fire (Matthew 25: 31-46).

Christ gave us the wonderful example to follow. God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power and He went about doing good  by healing the sick, feeding the multitudes, raising the dead, calling sinners to repentance and healing all who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). The needy and weary souls came to Him and found in Him peace and comfort. As the Spirit of the Lord works in our hearts, that love to do good, we follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ in doing good so that we have inheritance in His Kingdom.

Charitable Programs

The needs are always there, whether locally or globally. The Lord Jesus said, “You have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good”, Jesus said (Mark 14:7). As much as God opens the doors and gives power, the services of St Abraam Ministry is to be there, wherever the needs are. The areas of the program of helping the need are unlimited. St Abraam Ministry is considering many programs that respond to the needs of individuals or families, as well as to the projects for the needy.

Care of Persecuted Families in Egypt:

In several places in Egypt, the belief in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord can lead to severe hardship, as happened in the Kosheh, Naga Hammady, Imbaba, Almokattam, Amiriya in Alexandria and recently in Dahshour. The extremist and the thug delight of killing Christians, looting, burn their homes and destroying their stores, pharmacies and other places work, leaving families without food or shelter. In such places, a rumor or simple dispute between Christian and unchristian can lead to a disaster with all measures. In dark moments, the survival of such persecuted family may find himself or herself as widow, orphan or caregiver for disabled member or members of the family.

Such tragedies call for immediate actions of love. St Abraam Ministry responds by providing food, shelter, clothing, spiritual support and financial aid to Christians suffering the effects of persecution. The goals of St Abraam Ministry under this program are:

  1. To provide financial assistance to the devastated persecuted families in order to relief the shock of sudden crisis and help them to restore their houses, stores, pharmacies or their places of work.
  2. To provide financial assistance to meet with the urgent basic needs to live, such as food, shelter, clothing, etc. until the restoration of the financial status of the families.
  3. To provide a voice for believers who are suffering for their faith, to rally prayer, moral and spiritual support for them and supply some of their spiritual needs.

Adoption of Needy Families in Egypt:

St Abraam Ministry invites you to adopt one or more of needy families in the cities and villages in Egypt. Lists of needy families in poor areas and their case descriptions are provided by the priests of the churches responsible for these families.

Many families have dramatic moving stories finding themselves without any means of income and usually turn to their small church in the village to ask for help. Some of the needy families have lost their fathers and providers because of their death at an early age because of the lack of good medical care. The goals of St Abraam Ministry under this program are:

1.      To provide regular financial assistance to the needy families in Egypt in order to relief their daily struggles to meet the most basic needs to live, such as food, shelter, clothing, etc. to provide better life for the hope for a better future for their children.

2.      To provide financial assistance to cover the seasonal and occasional needs of the adopted families such as holidays, marriages, sickness, education etc.

Hospitality to New Immigrant Families:

Many families arrive daily to the United States of America, because of the poor conditions in their country, whether from Egypt, Iraq, Syria and the like.  In St. Abraam Ministry and probably in many churches, we are confronted with the counterpart of the oppression in Egypt and the Middle East, and they are the hardships that those new immigrants face in the process of their relocation in the diaspora.

Doing good to such families is considered as being done to Christ Himself. He said, For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in” (Matthew 25:35, NIV).

In his epistle to the Hebrews, St Paul said, “Do not forget or neglect or refuse to extend hospitality to strangers [in the brotherhood—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for through it some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2, AMP).

St Abraam Ministry invites you to hospitalize one of such new families for a short period and to help them in their relocation needs. The goals of St Abraam Ministry under this program are:

1.      To provide welcoming atmosphere with loving Christian family for a short period until they find room or apartment for their living.

2.      Provide financial assistance such as rent deposit and/or first month rent, if needed.

Concierge Services to New Immigrant Families:

1-     Transportation services to new families from and to travel destinations.

2-     Accompany to Social Security, Welfare, Motor vehicle and school offices.

3-     Help the family to understand the mail they receive.

4-     Balance checkbooks and prepare bills for signature.

5-     Resolve insurance, Medicaid issues.

6-     Accompany to shopping and recreation

7-     Help in finding jobs.

8-     Home or apartment findings

Educational Services to New Immigrant Families:

1-     Language lessons [ESL]

2-     Tutoring new comers students [Math, Science, English, …etc.]

3-     Counseling new comers students

4-     Teach how to use computer, Internet and cell phones

Contact Information

If God moved your heart with compassion toward the needy, the afflicted and the strangers then you are welcomed to be a member of St Abraam Ministry. You may volunteer now to serve with St Abraam Ministry, wherever you are, join any of the charitable programs of St Abraam Ministry and/or simply contribute with your prayers and donations.

St Abraam Ministry – Fr Abraam Sleman

Mailing Address: PO Box 6909, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Phone: (732) 718-4129

Email: [email protected]

All donations are tax deductible

Mrs. Grace in the Land of Immigration

I was moved today by the many tears of “Mrs. Grace,” while she cried in my office.  The story of “Mrs. Grace” is not unique of its kind, but it is the most recent- but likely not the last–of those who were displaced from Egypt.  Her story was known to many before Divine Will determined that I should know it.

The tears of “Mrs. Grace” represent the tears of thousands like her.  Those who have emigrated because of the poor conditions in their country, whether from Egypt, Iraq, Syria and the like, to The United States of America.  In “St. Abraam Ministry” in our church, and probably in many other churches, we are confronted with the counterpart of the oppression in Egypt and the Middle East, and it is the oppression of these immigrants in the land of the immigration.

To help you appreciate some of this hardship, I will tell you a little of the story of “Mrs. Grace” as an example of those immigrants.  She is a married lady of more than 60 years old.  Her husband and four children are in Egypt.  She is the only one who obtained a visa to the United States with the hopes of traveling, laboring and helping her family in Egypt.

“Mrs. Grace” has not been aware that she is not permitted to work in the United States until she is granted religious asylum after six months at the best case, if her case is accepted.  She also did not know how much this would cost her along with her monthly allowance for room.  And after all this, the real surprise is that her age is not suitable for any sort of work, even with the permission of Immigration Services.

“Mrs. Grace” arrived to the United States of America with the commendation of her priest to a certain priest of the Promised Land.  This priest did not directly welcome her, but sent her directly from the airport to the home of a family of his parish.  After about a month, “Mrs. Grace” was discarded and lost on some unnamed street, clutching her belongings in a state of hysteria.  She did not have a single dollar and did not know the simplest words in the English language so that she may articulate her needs.  Her tears were all that she possessed in the land of vast dreams.

A good Samaritan, this time an American lady, saw her in the street and had compassion on her and I thank God that she somehow was able to obtain the phone number of our church.  She called and delivered to us “Mrs. Grace” with her belongings and her burdens, which were far heavier than her belongings.  In any event, it was the initiative of this foreign woman and the “St. Abraam Ministry” in the land of immigration that worked grace for “Mrs. Grace.”

It is not the point now to recount the many tragic stories of the many families that grace “St. Abraam Ministry” but I do remember that the night before, for example, was the tearful night of the sick mother of three who did not have money to pay rent.  In the same day was the story of the young couple that fled Egypt, and under the weight of misfortune they began to beat each other–this in the land of dreams.  And many more like these.

With Jeremiah the prophet, I say “For the hurt of the daughter of my people I am hurt.  I am mourning; astonishment has taken hold of me.  Is there no balm in Gilead, is there no physician there? Why then is there no recovery for the health of the daughter of my people?” (Jeremiah 8:21-22).  Now, the balm is a healing ointment and Gilead is the church of God.  The physician is the person who stretches his arm to heal the wounds of the displaced, like the Good Samaritan.  It is time for collective and individual action to serve those displaced in the diaspora for the tears of “Mrs. Grace and those like her.

Fr. Abraam Sleman

St. Abraam Ministry

PO Box 6909, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

[All donations are tax exempted]

[email protected]

(732) 718-4129


الست أم جرجس في بلاد المهجر

أسرتني الدموع الغزيرة التي ذرفتها “الست أم جرجس” في مكتبي اليوم… وأسم “الست أم جرجس” هو أسم مستعار، ولكن قصتها  ليست مجازية بل هي أحدث قصة حقيقية – ولا أقول آخر قصة – لأحد هؤلاء النازحين من مصر، وقد صارت قصتها معلومة لكثيرين، قبل أن تشاء النعمة الإلهية أن أعرف قصتها…

دموع “الست أم جرجس”  تعبر عن دموع الآلاف مثلها، الذين نزحوا للمهجر بسبب سوء الأحوال في بلدها، كما في مصر والعراق وسوريا وغيرهم. هنا في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية – وبالتحديد أكثر في “خدمة الأنبا أبرام” في كنيستنا – وربما في كنائس أخرى أيضا – نواجه الوجه الآخر للمأساة في مصر وبلاد الشرق الأوسط، وهي مأساة أخري لهؤلاء النازحين، ولكن في بلاد المهجر..

ولكي تلمس جانبا من المأساة، أحكي لك بعض الأمور عن “الست أم جرجس” كمثال لهؤلاء النازحين، فهي إمراة متزوجة مسنة عمرها أكثر من 60 سنة، لها زوج وأربعة أولاد في مصر، ولكنها الوحيدة التي حصلت على تأشيرة السفر للولايات المتحدة، على أمل السفر والعمل ومساعدة أسرتها في مصر.

ما لم تكن تعلمه “الست أم جرجس” أنه غير مسموح لها بالعمل في الولايات المتحدة، إلا بعد السماح لها باللجوء الديني إذا قبلت إدارة الهجرة، أي بعد ما يقرب من ستة أشهر على أحسن تقدير، ولم تكن تعلم كم سيكلفها هذا مع التكاليف الشهرية الباهظة للسكن، وبعد ذلك كله تكون المفاجأة غير السارة أن سنها لا يؤهلها لأي عمل، حتى لو حصلت على موافقة إدارة الهجرة …

وصلت “الست أم جرجس” إلى الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، ومعها توصية من كاهنها إلى كاهن ما بأرض الموعد، ولكنه لم يستقبلها بل أرسلها مباشرة من المطار لمنزل إحدى العائلات، وبعد شهر تقريبا كانت “الست أم جرجس” مطرودة تائهة في أحد الشوارع، وهي في حالة إنهيار تام ومعها حقائبها، وليس معها دولارا واحدا، وهي لاتعرف أبسط الكلمات باللغة الانجليزية لتعبر بها عن نفسها، وكانت الدموع هي كل ما تملكه في أرض الأحلام الواسعة..

رأتها إمرأة أمريكية تقية وتعاطفت معها، وأشكر الله أنها أستطاعت أن تحصل على رقم كنيستنا من دليل التليفون، واتصلت لتحضر لنا “الست أم جرجس” بحقائبها، ومشاكلها الأثقل بكثير من حقائبها.. ولكن على كل حال، فقد كانت هذه المبادرة – من غريبة الجنس – هي من عمل النعمة مع “الست أم جرجس” و”خدمة الأنبا أبرام” في بلاد المهجر..

ليس المجال الآن أن احكي الكثير من القصص المأساوية لعائلات كثيرة تأتي بهم النعمة لخدمة الأنبا ابرام، ولكنني أذكر فقط أن الليلة السابقة – مثلا – كانت دموع الأم  المريضة التي معها أولادها الثلاثة، وليس معها قيمة الإيجار. وفي نفس اليوم كانت قصة العروسين النازحين من مصر، وقد ضاق بهما الأمر ليقوما بضرب بعضهما البعض، في أرض الأحلام.. وغير ذلك كثير جدا.

ومع أرميا النبي أقول: “مِنْ أَجْلِ سَحْقِ بِنْتِ شَعْبِي انْسَحَقْتُ. حَزِنْتُ. أَخَذَتْنِي دَهْشَةٌ. أَلَيْسَ بَلَسَانٌ فِي جِلْعَادَ أَمْ لَيْسَ هُنَاكَ طَبِيبٌ ؟ فَلِمَاذَا لَمْ تُعْصَبْ بِنْتُ شَعْبِي؟” (ارميا 8 : 21-22)، و”البلسان” نوع من الدهن الشافي، و”جلعاد” هي رمز لكنيسة الله، و”الطبيب” هو الشخص الذي يمد يده لتضميد جراحات هؤلاء النازحين، مثل السامري الصالح… إنه وقت للقيام بعمل جماعي وفردي، لخدمة النازحين إلي بلاد المهجر، وذلك من أجل دموع “الست أم جرجس” ومن شابهها.

أبونا أبرام سليمان – خدمة الأنبا أبرام

[email protected]

(732) 718-4129

PO Box 6909 East Brunswick, NJ 08816