On February 9th I wrote a tribute to Lillian Trasher Orphanage, an orphanage in Assiut, Upper Egypt. An orphanage established in 1911 providing food, shelter, and hope for hundreds of children through the years. At the time I wrote the post, the orphanage had to cancel their centennial celebration because of unrest in Egypt and the subsequent ousting of Hosni Mubarak.
On Wednesday, May 11th, George Assad who has worked as the director of the orphanage for Lillian Trasher for many years died unexpectedly. His family is deeply grieving as they make their way from various parts of the world to Assiut to pay tribute to their father as well as the mentor to thousands through his legacy as director of the orphanage.
George, an orphan himself, was raised in Lillian Trasher Orphanage, so his work was more than a job but a true vocation. He knew personally the impact that the orphanage had in providing “Hope and a Future” for children in Egypt. The influence of his life of obedience to God is felt world wide and he will be deeply missed. I will add more on his life in a future post but end with a paragraph from my earlier post:
“With a shoe-string budget and against all odds, the orphanage has survived and thrived. It prides itself on operating as a large family, not as an institution. The current director and his wife, George and Fathiya, open their hearts to orphans on a daily basis, and their home to visitors when they come. They raised a family of five, four girls and one boy, who are now adults living in Egypt, the United States and New Zealand. The family is beautiful both inside and out. I’ve rarely seen so many good-looking people in one family!
Our family has the privilege of knowing the Assad family and call them our friends. We have been treated to the hospitality of the orphanage several different times and their son, Joseph, was a lifesaver to us as my husband’s assistant in the Middle East Studies Program that he began many years ago. My children (now adults) have great memories of weekends away from the crowds of Cairo, participating in a field day and enjoying great food cooked especially for us by Fathiya.
The Assads and others at the orphanage continue to live out a love for God and care for widows and orphans. It will continue having an eternal impact throughout Egypt and the world.” From Lillian’s Legacy
Thank you George Assad, for your impact on earth and your life of faithful service. Just as Mama Lillian left a legacy, so do you – a legacy of faithfulness, love of God, and love for “the least of these”. Death has no victory in your life, no lasting power for you are present with the God you love and the God you served.
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