For the 1st time in recorded history The Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Theodoros II, made an official visit to Sierra Leone on February 22nd 2012.
Affectionately referred to by Sierra Leoneans as the Pope, he was greeted at Lungi Airport by Rev Themi and a official government escort and taken to Freetown to begin his official visit of the Orthodox Church mission that PK4A sponsors.
The Pope was welcomed by the Government in the manner of a State Visit generally set only for foreign heads of state of another nation, at the invitation of that nationâ€™s head of state. A State visit is the highest form of diplomatic contact between two nations, and are marked by ceremonial pomp and diplomatic protocol.
During his trip the Pope met with the
President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma and many of Government officials who expressed their appreciation of the work Rev Themi & PK4A had accomplished and were continuing to do.
The Pope toured the mission with Rev Themi visiting the Syke St School, meeting with children and teachers, who put on a wonderful presentation of Love and Appreciation.
He later visited the Disabled Village at Waterloo, meeting, talking and spreading the Love of God.
On Sunday the Cathedral in Freetown was packed like a world cup football game as Sierra Leoneans came out to show their support for Rev Themi, show their respect to the Pope and worship the Lord God as one. During the service Rev Themi’s longest serving missionary & friend Jared, was ordained.
Taking the name Rev Mark, he will soon take up position in The Gambia and begin another mission to the poor and forgotten.