LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it;
unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in
vain", "The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but
deliverance is of the LORD"
"If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen".
(Psalms 127: 1; Proverbs 21: 31; 1 Peter 4: 11)
My name is Michael Ghaly, Egyptian, and I live in Alexandria, Egypt.
The idea for this site came to us many years ago (about 1997)!! but it started to get its official look in the beginning of 2001, after showing what I have made over the years to the current priests of St. TaklaHimanot church in Alex.. who have been open-minded, and provided some information needed for the site.. And finally the site was inaugurated on August 20, 2002.
Thank God, I've been using the Internet heavily these past few years (before the inauguration of the website).. and that gave me time to think more and to make this site as (collective) as it could get.. so that everybody finds what they want through it.. So from this site you could go to any other Coptic sites on the net, listen to hymns, masses and carols.. the ability to get thousands of pictures on our Lord Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, Saints.. etc... you could also read the whole text of the Holy Bible in many languages, there is also a kids' corner, Time Center, Arabic-English Dictionary and a multi-lingual translator, Arabic Keyboard, and a valuable part about Egypt, through the ages till now.. and a part about Alexandria.. downloads for Winamp skins, Coptic fonts, Christian computer icons, Christian programs, Spiritual Songs Lyrics, a part for Christian mobile tones, and even the ability to learn languages online like Arabic, English, French, Italian and Coptic languages, and a general software downloads section, Coptic Church history, Coptic rites and rituals, Katamaros and Daily Readings, Christian Quizzes and Sunday School lessons, Bible study: Intros, Explanation, Maps, and a very special Bible Search, in addition to thousands of articles, replying to the frequently asked questions (FAQs) of the Christian and Muslim visitors, Christian books corner... etc.
Note: We chose to put the names here for nothing but as an indication of responsibility or errors if any.. Not for anything else.. "Neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase" (1 Corinthians 3: 7).
This website is useless without the contributions of thousands of people, personally or through their messages, questions, and criticism.. It is not just a single or individual effort, but it is a product of the thoughts of many people, the contributions of hundreds, and the suggestions of thousands.. We are just like a vessel that is put outside in the early morning to collect the dew that falls freely from heaven.. We are not the source, we are merely and instrument.
The aim of Saint Tekle Haymanot Website, not just to serve a Church in Alex, Egypt, or the Coptic Churches around the world.. But as soon as the site was published on the Internet, it became 'international'; not as in 'popular', but as it can be accessed through anyone at anytime around the day.. And that is the level that we are looking for.. We are not looking to being a great website! By we want to be perfect!! That's what God ordered us to be (Mathew 5: 48), and we know that perfection is a God's virtue only, but we walk on the path towards perfectness.. We know that we won't reach it, but it is our path to trod.. So we think of the site as under construction till its ending..
As the site is international, we get all kinds of demographic visitors, not subject to age, sex, religion or language.. That's why we translated parts of the site to English (the current international language). But as we are in an Arab country, we gave a special attention to answer the questions of our Muslim brothers, without any exposure to Islam in any way.. Not aiming to convert them away from their religion, and not being dragged by the war of words that goes between some sites of both religions.. But because our Holy Book orders us to "always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15). We answer inquiries, or the ideas that can be misunderstood by some, using our religion and dogma from the Christian perspective, not something else.
And as the site is international, and not merely Coptic, we explained the Church Dogma, Rites and History, not only for Copts, but for all those who care about the Orthodox Coptic Culture, regardless of religion or race.. Also we saw into other general issues, like teaching languages, other general electronic services, free software.. etc. In order to serve all..
Another idea for the website, is respecting the document, or respecting the Church's memory.. Whether on the local church in cities and governorates, or as a Coptic Church in general.. There are lots of ideas, activities, achievements, and news that leak and escape the Church's history -whether local or general- due to ignorance, negligence and carelessness of archiving events and achievements.. etc. As we find local and superficial care from some of the services, as each one just cars about servicing his spot and his served people, and leaves the huge heritage that he developed and searched for it with others (ideas, lessons, activities, awards, news.. etc.) All that dies with the death of that person, or by the ending of his services.. Or gets locked up in his home or church's drawers, until it gets thrown away after the person perishes or there is no need for these files and documents.. So one of our targets is documenting, archiving and chronicling the accomplishments of the Church, and reviving what could be forgotten..
And I'd like to take this chance to give credits to everyone involved in this site in any way... Especially Father Takla William.. for his efforts at the beginning.. By the endings of 2008 we got to know Eng. Nayer Naguib from Cairo, who made the Bible search, helped us with various edits, and we appreciate him helping us till this day. He also helped us add the Site Search feature, and it is a great addition to the website. And he joined the site's service and development officially. Also after that, and through the Online Service section, Mrs. Magy Salib from Cairo joined us with continuous help for the site.. Then Mr. Marco Boutros (2015).
And there are lots and lots more who helped us from the day the website started up till now, especially after starting the "Online Service" section on 2009, so we saw that is is better to designate a full page for the names of the people who helped St-Takla.org.
By the time we discovered that most of those serving, helping or attentive to the website are for outside the local church, if no all! In addition to the growing size and services of the site.. So the website has been detached to become an independent Coptic service, with the same management, method and direction as before.. and with the same vocation and attention to references and the official Coptic Orthodox Church stream.
You'll find here a lot of stuff.. Especially about Christianity & religion in general ..Also you'd find some pictures, downloads, & links to 100s of Coptic sites.
Please, if you have any comments, ideas, notes, or thoughts about this site, feel free to contact me, and tell me your opinion.. And if you have any thing that you want to share with others, any important information you want to tell other people about it, or anything you feel that it would be of good value, just e-mail us and tell us what's in your mind, you could also send us the file immediately (attached to the e-mail)
Don't hesitate, contact us now..!
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* Cellphone no. (Michael Ghaly): 002 01287627004 (also could be used with Whatsapp or Viber)
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