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, September 2, 2008

NHA School's Opening Day drawing closer

Children in the Kabala Village are being measured for their school uniforms. Tailors and Seamstresses are running their sewing machines all day long!!! How exciting that Nazareth House Apostolate, through your loving generosity, will open the school this month! BRAVO!

NHA purchased the land for the school in January 2007. The ground was cleared, surveyed and prepared that Spring. The land contained large rock. The clearing, digging and smashing of these rocks was very hard work! The actual construction of the school building began in June 2007 with the digging of the foundation. The construction workers must work under terrible conditions (Heavy rain, illness, etc) with very primitive tools. There was no ditch diggers, it was all done by hand. They are remarkable craftsmen and their skill and quality of work is second to none! We applaud these men and thank them. We also thank their families for the sacrifice they made allowing these husbands & fathers a leave of absence from their home to work long hours at the sight.

Pa Foday came to Fr. Seraphim and I in the year 2002 with a dream of a school for this village. He had meticulously outlined on paper, the needs in which to build it--down to the amount of nails, hammers, etc. At the time, raising the money to do such a project seemed overwhelming to us. During the Fall of 2006, when we actually were able to make our way to Kabala, I met with the teachers. At that time, the children were meeting everyday for school in the open air. After that meeting, we were convinced that this was something that could happen. It has happened. Pa Foday will realize a fufilled dream within weeks. As is usual, we Americans tend to make things "bigger" and this school is much bigger than planned. However, the more we can provide an education, the more chance at a better future for a child.

Thanks to all! Congratulations, you have done a great work!