Reporting by Fady-Gina
Last Monday, Bishop Paul, one of two Coptic Orthodox general bishops here in Africa, told us that Bill Gates was coming for a visit to the Coptic Hope Center here at the hospital. At first we thought he was joking, but when he showed up and began making preparations for the visit, we realized that we were going to get to meet one of the richest men in the world!
He arrived at the Coptic hospital at 8:30 sharp along with his secretaries, photographers and body guards. His day was planned out by the minute. He went to the Hope Center first, which was the main purpose of his visit. He was intrigued by the 6,300 HIV positive patients that were diagnosed and treated here at Coptic Hope Center and wanted to come evaluate our successes and challenges.
He carefully reviewed our many success stories and evaluated all those who became victims to the disease. He gave us much encouragement on the work that is being done and promised to come back again! It was both a pleasure and an honor to meet him-and very strange that out of all the places in the world, we would meet him here.
May God continue to bless His church, hospital and mission work here always.