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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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Roo in the Box; Petro Crisis in Sierra Leone

Two new videos are up on our youtube channel: More are on their way. Please check them out to see our latest work in Sierra Leone.

In one video up on youtube "Roo in the box" we had a large box filled to the brim with hospital medical supplies. Once emptied, Roo found a built-in, all-in-one portable amusement park. As with most children at Christmas time, the box, instead of the toy inside the Christmas gift, provides a great deal of enjoyment.

We have fallen in love with little Roo, his bright eyes and sweet smile. I thought it would be great for you to hear his sweet little laugh as he tumbles in the box. see it on our youtube channel.

We will be adding more videos, including a series on Kroo Bay (The Kroo Bay Part 1 video in which we are collecting, sorting and distributing hospital supplies is already up on youtube - you will see all the medical supplies we've collected and shipped to Sierra Leone for distribution. In most cases, you would never see this much supply in an area hospital or clinic).

In communication with James in Freetown this morning, I learned of a gas crisis in Freetown. James said the government is trying to get it resolved, however, most gas station owners are closing down, with no fuel, etc. Few or no taxies or poda podas are running. James informed me that Lucy and Ann Marie had to walk to school rather than take the taxi as usual. (a taxi ride in Freetown is normally the cheapest form of transportation, costing only a few cents across town). The walk to school for these girls is a rather long one. James will be sending a detailed report soon.

Both girls, Lucy and Ann Marie, are doing excellent in their new schools and I will post their report cards on the blog later this week. Nazareth House is proud of these two young ladies...BIG TIME!