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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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Year in Review: By James Mansaray

Today marks a few weeks since we returned from our last mission trip to Kabala to crown the year 2009 and welcome the New Year. Although, I've been home a few weeks now, I am tired and worn out. That in no doubt explains the amount of energy burnt last year, especially hard driving last three months when we all worked extra hard in

making the work you are sponsoring successful. It seems the more people are joining in support of NHA, the more we are able to do. This makes sense, so keep talking this organization up - tell the World, so more and more good can be done.

I most times go stubborn refusing requests from Mama Vicki that I should rest, sleep - delay my trip and go when fully healthy. But laying their resting makes me think I am a man of all season, I can do this without rest.......... but indeed I am feeling the pinch now. But you know what?...When there is good support from you guys, we here get energised and eagerly get to passing it on to those in need. So your support, your contributions keep us alive as well as those in need. You give us the energy by your compassion to give aid.

It could be helping out the school kids at our NHA school in Kabala, or giving medication to the poor Kroobay Clinic, maybe buying few bags of rice for the hungry, or fitting shoes on the barefooted.

All of this makes up to something and good in the eyes of God and mankind.

For us at St. Laurence House, wrapping up the year was nothing fancy or big to-do, for we always doing it in our own simplest way. There were still enough shoes from One Love Foundation to give out, bags of rice and medicines from Mama Vicki and still a box full of Candy canes to share as our Christmas tidings. This we always do every year but this time round, post acted well and we did it

before, during and after Christmas.

We greeted the people with whatever little we had and this was warmly welcomed and received. Both Lucy and Ann Marie once more did their own thing,

Kadijah, always the mother,

steering the needs surrounding these poor people,

ROO doing his usual job to toddlers like him and doing so in good faith and with great smiles.

I, on the other hand, am happy to share my usual work and allowing them to jump right in and do my usual work. I am so happy to see my family take on this work with such great love and care. I am so proud of them.