St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

The outreach of Nazareth House Apostolate is in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Matthew 25:31-46. For more information see our website at www.nazarethhouseap.org

Donations should be addressed to: Nazareth House Apostolate, 185 Captains Cove Drive, Taylorsville, Kentucky 40071.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Journeying Together

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Life is a journey, we all have to work our way through it.   And so it is with Nazareth House Apostolate.  
Evidence is indicating that Ebola is on its way out of Sierra Leone.  As for NHA, we will step back and keep an eye on things before making any assessment of the situation.  Hurriedly resuming normal activity before safety is assured can be a fatal mistake to many. Prevention and Protection are the focus of NHA at this time. 

In the meantime, we are proud to announce that five large boxes of supplies have arrived from Taylorsville to Freetown and are presently making their way to Kabala.  We've been giving out rice to keep hungry families fed and providing work to laborers to ensure they can sustain their families with provisions.  NHA is preparing for the reopening of the NHA School once Ebola is completely cleared from the country.

James and Kadijah radiate strength and courage as they go about to do the work of NHA in Kabala.  It is important that we are there for them in prayer and support.  As many of you are digging into your pockets to give what you can to help in this crisis; we encourage you to actively engage others to give for the current and ongoing needs of NHA.  By doing so, you not only help out those we serve but the giver becomes a part of the unity and love within the family of Nazareth House Apostolate.  Remember our goal is to obtain 1000 donors giving $25 per month.  Reaching that target will enable us to do our work in the States at Simeon Skete and overseas in Sierra Leone, tending to each need as it happens.  Currently, with each emergency we must start a fundraiser and while we wait for the money to come in, the situation worsens.  The American population is rather large and 1000 people is not a huge number to involve in an organization.  Many people have 1000 or more friends on Facebook.   
$25 per month is a reasonable amount, some of us spend more than that on Lattes and Fast Food that simply add unhealthy weight to our bodies.  If we arrive at the goal of 1000 giving $25 it will allow us a dependable budget for all avenues of Nazareth House Apostolates work.
    
While we work to bring the Ebola Prevention, Care and Recovery to completion, I’m thinking of the journey.  

A journey made together, walking side by side from both sides of the Atlantic, with parts of NHA dipping their toes in the Pacific.   


There is a bond that transcends the physical yet pronounces the things of the heart and brings about unity.
  

In Nazareth House, together, we’re accomplishing that bond, that unity – a fete that many organizations  cannot lay claim.   
 

When you think of NHA, you think of the Skete and of Africa – namely Sierra Leone, but Nazareth House is made up of people all over the world. 

Fr. Gabriel Harty OP, visiting St. Simeon Skete from Ireland 
Katherine (Chico, CA) made needlepoint Pocket Crosses and sold them to raise money for NHA.
Here she is presenting Vicki with the proceeds. 
We started out by taking baby steps; 

and then we did a little running…

 
Sometimes the path became cold and slippery, 



sometimes the load is heavy.  


Sometimes the load is lighter. 

  
We’ve broken down, 

 
and got back up and started running again,


Awkward loads, rough roads – the journey continues.  


There have been times when we just have to rely on someone else to come and carry us further. 

 
There are narrow paths across water.
  

We’ve released our share of tears, 


but when the road is steep, 


someone always steps up to help shove us to the top.

 
Sometimes it seems we are running in circles 


but there is always  helping hands to reach out 


and keep us going, giving us a strong and  steady pull there


… together the NHA Family climbs the hill.   
And in doing so, we’ve been able to leap over huge obstacles, 

 
even though we’ve scraped our knees, twisted our ankles, 


Together we keep on pushing onward, more importantly we’ve kept on loving.  

 
 NHA will stay on the journey because the path we follow is LOVE 

Pray Love Walk – a – thon:  St. Augustine Anglican Church, Chico CA 
(“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for GOD IS LOVE.” 1 John 4:8)
Please send your tax deductible donations (remember small or large every donation helps) to:

Nazareth House Apostolate
185 Captains Cove Drive
Taylorsville, KY 40071

or through our website www.nazarethhouseap.org 


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