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, November 25, 2009


"Ask and you shall receive".. I was just wondering when the processing and release of the shoes
loaded on the container from Summit Hill, PA would take place when I received the news from James.
"Mama, we've got shoes". "St. Laurence House has been invaded by shoes, I mean WE'VE GOT SHOES!"
Fr. Sandy delivered some of the bags of shoes collected by Maria Stianchie from ONE LOVE FOUNDATION.
Some of the shoes collected are going to the Orphanage - St. Mary's, while others were for Nazareth House Apostolate, for our school in Kabala and
various children of the villages we serve.

The large garbage bags full of shoes were left off inside the garage of St. Laurence House in Freetown, Sierra Leone. After the initial awe of seeing "all these shoes" the chore of sorting
by sizes, determining boys from girls and counting them all began.
The shoes were transferred from the garage to the living of room of St. Laurence House
for the sorting.

I am delighted to see little Sia,
who has been so ill,
recovered and up assisting in the shoe project.
I am also happy to see Jodie, James sister,
giving a hand
to get all these shoes ready for delivery.

The living room is covered in shoes.
Everyone works to separate and sort.

Finally after several hours of work, the job is done.
Now its time to bag up and clean up from the sortment.
Everyone is tired and worn out
... BUT...
Roo comes home from school
and its his turn to see the sight of a room full of shoes.
So what does Roo do? He does what any local spiderman would do,
he creeps and crawls and climbs all through the stacks of shoes.
What excitement!
What a great thing you've done! Thanks for all the shoes... just wait until you see them being put on the feet for which they were intended. Good work, my friends, you've done well! Thank you, thank you.