The First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Egypt was founded in 1933 in the village community of El Tayibba, south of Cairo, and now is one of over 300 Presbyterian churches in the land of the Nile. The Christian community in Egypt comprises about 10 percent of the population, the majority of whom are Orthodox, and is the largest Christian community in the Middle East. The Evangelical Presbyterian Church numbers about 300,000 members.
Peachtree’s partnership with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Egypt started in 2004 when Peachtree established a relationship with the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Cairo (ETSC). ETSC was founded in 1863 and has over 200 students studying for a variety of degrees in Christian ministry. The heart of this friendship revolves around a unique connection between our Grand Adult community and ETSC in which Peachtree members serve as mentors to seminary students. Peachtree mentors exchange letters of support and encouragement with seminary students several times a year, and a team of Peachtree mentors even travelled to Egypt in 2006 to witness the graduation of their mentorees. Peachtree’s also provides scholarship support to ETSC students.
The relationship between ETSC students and our grand adult community continues and currently we have 17 mentors helping encourage these seminary students during their years of study. As the request for mentors exceeds demand we are always open to new additions to our mentor team. In addition to Peachtree’s long-standing relationship with the Cairo Seminary, our Easter offering in 2006 supported the construction of more than 40 homes with Habitat for Humanity in El Tayibba, a community greatly in need of affordable, decent housing.