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March 7, 2010
January 31, 2010
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About Nancy Collins' ministry
Nancy Collins was appointed regional liaison for East Africa in June 2009. Previously she served in Cairo, Egypt, from January 1998 until January 2009.
In her role as regional liaison Nancy facilitates PC(USA) relationships with partner churches and institutions in Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia. She also provides support for PC(USA) mission personnel and is a resource for U.S. congregations who are in a relationship with one of the PC(USA)'s partners in the region. Nancy’s special focus is on the evangelism, leadership development and church growth work of PC(USA) partners in those countries.
About Nancy Collins
In her last assignment in Egypt, Nancy divided her time between two ministries involving social justice issues. She worked in the International Relations Department of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), and she facilitated Egypt’s Joining Hands Against Hunger network, Together for Family Development.
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Nancy started to work with CEOSS’s International Relations Department in 1998, interpreting CEOSS to European and American donor organizations through written materials. CEOSS, which began as a literacy project in 1950, has since become one of Egypt’s largest development organizations, providing integrated approaches to poor communities in areas of economic, agricultural and environmental development, health care and education. It has a staff of about 450 Egyptian Christians.
CEOSS publishes Christian educational materials and trains and equips pastors and lay leaders. Its Forum for Intercultural Dialogue brings Muslim and Christian leaders together to consider issues confronting Egyptian society. CEOSS is renowned for its community development work, which is conducted without discrimination in regard to gender, ethnicity or religion. One of the most effective development organizations in Egypt, CEOSS focuses its development work on love of neighbor as a reflection of Jesus’ love and the ministry of deeds, without any string attached, without any expectation of conversion.
Nancy also facilitated the work of Together for Family Development (TFD), a network under the umbrella of the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s Joining Hands (JH) initiative. Nancy took on this responsibility in the fall of 2004. JH is designed to address poverty and the negative impact of globalization in developing countries while at the same time providing U.S. Presbyterians with direct involvement and communication with overseas partners. Together for Family Development, a network of Egyptian non-governmental organizations, works in partnership with a network of churches from the Presbytery of Des Moines in Iowa. TFD successfully advocated changing the Egyptian law to include children with disabilities in Egyptian primary schools. Nancy’s job was to serve as liaison between the two networks, encouraging and educating.
From July 2001 to July 2002 Nancy served as a missionary-in-residence at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville. She worked in the Middle East area office of the Worldwide Ministries Division (now World Mission) in a variety of projects related to Palestine and Israel, Iraq, and the terrorist attack of September 11. Nancy was grateful for the opportunity to read widely and to come to a deeper understanding of Middle Eastern dynamics.
Nancy was born and raised in Iowa but lived in Providence, Rhode Island, for 20 years. She is a member of Providence Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder and clerk of session and where she had a leadership role in numerous church activities. Nancy holds a B.A. in English and history from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and an M.A. in history from the University of Illinois in Chicago. After brief stints in teaching and sales, she worked at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island as a manager and director.
Nancy is the mother of one son, Charles. Charles began his schooling at New Ramses College in Cairo, one of the schools of the Synod of the Nile. He then attended the New Cairo British International School. Charles graduated from high school in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, where he lived with his uncle and aunt, and beginning in August 2011 he will pursue a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Nancy - November 13
Charles - February 23