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, February 23, 2010

Its back to work for James!

Last Friday, James went to Kroo Bay to distribute some of the medical items that we have acquired at Nazareth House recently from the Family Health Center of Clark County, Indiana and The Willis Family of Louisville.
The supplies arrived in Freetown recently through the USPS Priority Mail. We are thankful that their delivery was not delayed as it is imperative that we do all we can to support the medical staff at Kroo Bay. They are saving lives, doing remarkable work with VERY limited equipment and medical supplies.
The Nazareth House Apostolate Sierra Leone Lenten Mission 2010 will begin in just a few short weeks.
Except for the need for funding, our preparation process is going very well.

For this mission, Pre-Med Student, Emily Raetz, from Virginia will be joining us. James and others in Sierra Leone are already calling her a doctor, but she is the first to clarify that she is just beginning the process. She is, however, an EMT and has emergency first responder knowledge and will be a huge asset to the work. She and I will spend a few days in the Kroo Bay Clinic giving them a hand.
We also plan to work with the children in Kabala at our NHA School and at Kamasorie Village.
Several boxes (8 in total) full of medical supplies, including boxes of 'over-the-counter' medications collected at St. Alban's Church Parish of Sun City, Arizona (Priest in Charge, The Rev. Ron White, the collection drive headed up by Debbie King) are on their way to Freetown currently. We pray their safe arrival to those in need.
We are excited about the upcoming Lenten Mission. The first thing we plan to do is to "refresh" our staff. We found them exhausted last Fall and James told me he is losing more and more weight each week. They (the whole family) work so very hard for Nazareth House. They go over and beyond to plant our love, our gifts, our compassion in every person they meet so that life blooms.

Stepping out in faith, we hope to find housing for our staff (James and his family). Kabala may be a different living area for Nazareth House Headquarters but it is not a stranger by any means to any of us. It is where James and Kadijah were born and raised. Our school in Kabala is blossoming and a good friend of NHA is the new Chief in office. There is much to accomplish and NHA will be very active this Spring. Please keep all this in your prayers, there are so many avenues in which this particular mission is vitally important.

2 Corinthians 6: 1-10 (The Message)

Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don't squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us,
I heard your call in the nick of time;
The day you needed me, I was there to help.
Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don't put it off; don't frustrate God's work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we're doing. Our work as God's servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we're beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we're telling the truth, and when God's showing his power; when we're doing our best setting things right; when we're praised, and when we're blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.

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