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, October 7, 2008

New Arrival on the Way

Dear Friends,
I ask that your prayers and thoughts be with Kadiatu (pictured above, close up portrait, notice sweating and tightened face) who is in hard labor at this time trying to deliver what the doctors in Freetown are calling a "huge" baby. She has been in labor for days now and is in this private hospital. She is pictured above with her hospital room mate. As you can tell, it is not equipped as we'd expect a hospital to be but nevertheless she is under doctor's care...which is more than most mothers-to-be receive.

By Kadiatu's calculations this is her 10th month of pregnancy!

Kadiatu's husband, Salu, an assisting photographer for Nazareth House (he helps James document work around Freetown) was able to pay the 450,000 leones for the hospital initial entrance fee, I'm not sure what future costs are going to be but hope that Nazareth House will be able to come up with it. This family is special to us for many reasons. It was the passing away of their little daughter, Isha that began the relationship into Nazareth House. (Photos of Isha after the burn and of Salu at her graveside above).

NHA has been supporting the couple's remaining daughter, Salma in school fees. We were able to give out Mosquito Bed Nets to the family, Worm treatments, Rice and some financial assistance this past mission trip.

Photos above are of Kadiatu in pregnancy & labor, Salma at her school - taken September 2008; Salu, etc, etc.