All posts by Nathan Hollenbeck

About Nathan Hollenbeck

Nathan joined Coptic Orphans in 2006. It was his response to a call to help return Egypt's hospitality to the Holy Family on behalf of Christ Emmanuel and the Theotokos, after they changed his own life as a youth. He has a passion to fulfill God's command to "bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause." (Isaiah 1:17, ESV)

Snapshot from the Field: Bringing Christ Home

Fr. Rizkalla at a Coptic Orphans home visit in Egypt

Fr. Rizkalla, a Coptic Orthodox priest, brings the presence of Christ into a Coptic Orphans home visit. Even without accompanying priests, our volunteer Reps bring that same presence by their loving actions. In an informal survey also mentioned in this post, 80% of our families answered “what’s the biggest thing that has changed for you since becoming part of Not Alone?” with a nearly identical answer: “before, we felt alone and cut off from Christ and the Church, but now we felt like we have been brought near to Christ again, and are part of the church.” That makes all the difference for fatherless families who face the alienation of poverty.


Coptic Orphans Honors the Life of Ola Ghabbour (d. January 8, 2013)

Ola Ghabbour (right) with Coptic Orphans executive director Nermien Riad at the 2008 Coptic Orphans Gala in New York

Ola Ghabbour built 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital, the first and only state-of-the-art children’s cancer hospital in the Middle East and the largest of its kind in the world. Her efforts started small and broad, and proved the power of ordinary Egyptians working together.

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