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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Monday, April 6, 2009

More from our NHA School in Kabala

Teacher Lucy has healed from her surgery and is doing well.

Our dedicated teachers continue to give quality education to our students, despite the fact that we are surely becoming over-crowded and must expand the building soon. That will come AFTER we've secured a compound in Freetown.

New students from neighboring villages are constantly applying for entrance. I wish we had the space for them all. In time, we will.

One of our teachers, Manso (seen above receiving his paycheck from Mama Vicki), has taken another employment offer. We wish him the best. He has been faithful and a great worker. We are thankful for the years he has given to provide the students with education. He stood by them, on a volunteer basis, even when there was no building. We will miss him.

We have hired Mako Mansaray (James' brother) to replace Manso. Having recently completed his university courses, Mako has been volunteering his time, tirelessly for the school and has great leadership skills. I still hold onto my prediction that he will someday be President of Sierra Leone, but for now, I am content with the fact that he is teaching our school.

Above: Mako and some of the students.

The Students thank Fr. Seraphim (Hicks) for praying for them everyday.

One thing I was happy to see was that the kids were using workbooks and paper. I wasn't sure we were able to afford that and glad to see that we are getting them - not free- but at least they are available to us. The children had been using personal sized slate boards to write their work on, erasing them and reusing.
We are equipped at the school, nothing like here in America, but we are able to fully function and the kids are learning. Just check out the report card and look at what they are learning!click on any photo to enlarge