18 Sobhy Nasr, Almaza, Egypt
Some of the ones who are making difference in Egypt and MENA Region.
Tony George was born in 1975. He is Egyptian, facilitator, life couching and trainer. He’s married to Vanda Tahan and has a 13-year son.
Graduated from Minufiya University with a Bachelor degree in Commerce.
His primarily interest is equipping young people and activate their leadership potentials to be effective, and to make difference by giving them the specific tools and skills that they may need to be successful throughout Egypt and the Middle East.
After he spent quite number of years working in MSN-Multi Spectrum Marketing as General Manager/ Board member, Yellow Pages and Carte Blanche Owned Company, “YOU” that campaigning for companies such as Pepsi and Alico. He founded” The Community”, NGO institution that focusing on empowering young generation.
Tony has been an ISAAC certified therapist since 2003 helping recovering addicts at Beit El Horeya (Freedom House) – a rehabilitation center in Egypt. He has been facilitating therapy groups since 2002.
Syrian-born, Vanda is an incredibly passionate and committed councilor and listener. Her heart sits with people who are hurting and broken, and works to create honest and God-centered community spaces that reflect the people in which it serves. Not only does Vanda nurture personal and active relationships with people in The Community, but she believes sharing the stories of recovering and healing people can be a poignant way to encourage and reach others who feel alone, unheard, and may be struggling to stay afloat.
She’s married to her best friend TONY for 15 years, and a mom to the most handsome and amazing young man George.
46 years old, he himself is a recovering addict of 17 years and is currently a full-time Therapist and Mentor.
A 28 years old certified Relationship Coach. Studied Business Management at the German university in Cairo.
Her passion is to help young couples, families and friends be able to have the healthiest possible relationships.
Her favorite moments in life are spent by the sea or the Nile
Emad has graduated from Ain-Shams University, faculty of commerce. He has been with The Community for alomst 3 years now. Loves reading.
I have been with tC from the very beginning. I met Tony and his wife in 2013 and together we began to pray about what God would have us do. God gave me a vision to serve the youth who felt rejected by the church and to help them remove obstacles in their relationship with God. I had a dream to provide a shelter for the lost, unloved, and broken people. Even though today we do not have a physical shelter, God has shown me that its not about the physical place, but about the people. We know how to provide comfort and wipe the peoples tears. We sure hate sin, just like Jesus, but we definitely love the person. My verse is “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me, to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18)
In the first 2 years my role was making sure everything went according to plan in all of the events and trainings we offered. In 2017 I was responsible for three different areas: training, missions and outreach, and local fundraising. Today I am co-leading our Spiritual Growth and discipleship department. I love my job and am grateful I am allowed to live out my calling everyday.
Coming from his own experience of surviving and recovering from his own addiction, Maged has a passion for men who are broken, and men in recovery. He believes that a man’s influence can either be devastating for his family/community, or the strong bond that leads in Truth. He is motivated by the opportunity to serve men and empower them to heal, grow, and lead. Maged, as he describes, leads this program in the way of the Wounded Healer, being able to empathize and understand the pain of others, while being able to point them to hope, and healing in Jesus.
Micho’s personal story is a direct introduction to his passion and ministry with The Community. About three years ago, in the span of only a few weeks, Micho lost his job, his church community which would gather in his home weekly, and most of all, Micho abruptly and tragically lost his first-born son in a devastating accident. The boy was just six years old. Micho’s son ventured alone, and drowned in just a split second, he was rushed to the hospital and quickly pronounced dead. His body was put away in the freezer. Friends and family of Micho and his wife came to the hospital to pray for and with them over the boy’s body. Within three hours of prayer, Micho’s son miraculously had a pulse again. In that exact moment, Micho was reminded of Jesus’ purpose on Earth. He felt in his heart God say to him: your son, he belongs with Me now, are you willing to give your son up to Me? Consciously, and without hesitation, Micho and his wife gave their son over to the Lord. Right then, his son’s heart stopped, and he indeed went to be with the Lord.
Although Micho and his wife (as well as their 10-month-old baby at the time) had made that seemingly impossible decision with God’s power and grace, they of course still felt like they were, as Micho describes, walking around someone else’s life–hopeless, lost, broken. In response, they spent three months praying in solitude, mourning, trying to understand what it took to find healing. Within 80 days, Micho felt God tell him that he would use this pain, for the healing and power of others. To bond him and his wife in togetherness, and in leadership. They agreed, they are more powerful together than they are apart. In obedience to God’s call, Micho joined The Community, and followed Isaiah 61:2-3, in the practice of: “to comfort(ing) all those who mourn.” This is the power of God, and is the reason now why Micho leads this Department–he once, and still is, a broken and mourning man in need of God.
Peter grew up in Alexandria, son to an extremely conservative Evangelical family. His whole life he was drawn to mental health and Psychiatry, so that’s what he chose when it was time for him to go to university. He even started his own digital emergency health-care startup. But after one year of running the business, and taking Psychiatry in school, he quickly realized that it wasn’t medicine that attracted him to Psychiatry, but the practice of supporting people who are struggling in a practical and consistent way. Peter became a life coach, and in an effort of merging his passion for people, and business, Peter began a degree in management and digital innovation at the London School of Economics. In it, he connected with The Community to build and collaborate on how to grow the organization in a way that was sustainable and strategic. Peter is now at a place with The Community where his vision is to spread missions through kingdom business, and is curating Oasis with that same drive.
But Peter’s journey wasn’t without his own series of trials and questions. God and church-going had always been Peter’s normal, but in college was exposed to difference–a range of cultures, beliefs, skeptics. Atheism was introduced into his life in a big way, and he spent two years without God or religion, exploring all his existential questions. He took on a Scientific point of view, and it made him question absolutely everything he had grown up understanding as Truth. But in his Scientific quest to understand life, God consistently showed up, in real and tangible ways. Through his personal encounters with God, Peter was drawn back to Him, and Peter’s personal relationship with God grew a new kind of significance, as he had finally made Christianity, and his choice to believe in God his own; to him, it gained so much meaning. Peter describes this time in his life saying, “I just barely survived!” Which now, has lead him to run an existential coaching group on his own time, where people are safe and welcomed to ask big questions, question God, and share their biggest fears and doubts.
Youssef is married and has one child. He and his family have been with tC for 2 years. He loves the Lord and loves serving alongside our local churches and Home Group leaders.
Youssef’s background is in electrical engineering. His job took him and his family to Ethiopia. They lived there for 4 years when Youssef began to sense God calling him and his family back home to Egypt. After returning home, they decided to pray and seek God about their future. Around this same time a pastor, that is a close friend and who is like a spiritual father to Youssef, met with Tony as he was seeking advice on who to hire for tC’s work with local churches. This pastor suggested Youssef, and he joined the staff, September of 2017.
This job is Youssef’s passion. He loves discipleship and working with our Home Group leaders and local churches.