Every Sunday night, a group Christians, mostly Egyptians, meet in the First Unitarian Univeralist Church of Milford.
In the hour before families begin to push open the heavy front door of the stone church, the three men inside are busy, placing Bibles written in Arabic into each pew, lighting candles on top of a piano. Next
Gathering in Milford’s sanctuary each Sunday night represents a new kind of freedom for these Christians, who were a minority in predominantly Muslim Egypt,and often harassed for their faith.
Now, they say, even more Christians are fleeing their homeland, and many are ending up in Milford. Next
In Egypt, Christians, or Copts, make up about 10 percent of the country’s population. It is not very hard to tell who is Christian: Copts have a tradition of getting small tattoos of their cross on the inside of their right wrist; the women do not wear the Islamic hijab, or head covering; and some names are clearly Christian.
George Gergis, Michael Habib, and Samy sang before the message at the Arabic Christian meeting. Next
The church is a satellite church for the Arabic Evangelical Baptist Church in West Roxbury.
Khaled Ghobrial, pastor of the Arabic Evangelical Baptist Church in West Roxbury, is pictured above giving his message. Next
A flyer advertising the meeting laid on a piano in the church. Next
Egyptian George Gergis, 39, began to consider creating a evangelical Christian service in Arabic last year.
Now, the El-Horya Meeting hopes to attract Arabs from around Milford, Hopkinton, Ashland, Hopedale, Grafton, Upton, Uxbridge, Bellingham,Franklin, Shrewsbury, and Worcester. Back to the beginning
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