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.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

What's New at St. Laurence House?

Daughter, Lucy and son, "Roo", of parents James & Kadijah (our Nazareth House Staff in Freetown, Sierra Leone)send you greetings. Roo shows off the latest pest control of St. Laurence House (our rented staff quarters & medical distribution center).

This little cat needs to grow in order to perform its duties as St. Laurence House Rat Catcher. The rodents over take the city and infiltrate into the homes. A cat is the best deterrent to this problem.

James reports the wire transfer has arrived in Freetown, giving him a little help to make ends meet and tend to needs of a few of those around him. We are still unable to pay the teachers in Kabala adequately or regularly due to the downturn of donations resulting from the economic woes in America. As bad as it is to keep financially afloat here in the States, please understand it is a million times worse for those in Sierra Leone. If we have no money, no health insurance we can go into any hospital emergency room and receive treatment. This is not the case in Sierra Leone, you are turned away - No money for hospital fees means your death in many cases. And if you are lucky enough to be admitted to a hospital the medical supplies are nearly non-existent. This is why Nazareth House is so important in its supplying of medical needs. Most cities in the US have Soup Kitchens that can sustain us with one or two meals a day. In Sierra Leone you scavenge around from camp to camp, village to village and cook pot to cook pot hoping to find maybe enough for one serving of food, let alone a meal.

If you have considered giving your tax rebate (or a portion of it) to Nazareth House we can promise it will make a huge difference in many lives.