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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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Nazareth House Apostolate, Freetown prepares for Easter

Here in Freetown, Sierra Leone, NHA is busy preparing for Easter. They won't be hiding colored eggs for Roo (and Simba) to find,
they won't be shopping for fancy clothes to wear on Easter Sunday,

they won't be planning a big family feast for the day.
they have went to the store to buy
Lots of Rice.
The whole family struggles
to load
the heavy bags of rice.
One bag,
maybe two bags of rice at a time
- they load them into Sanu's tiny red car. (Special Note: NHA is so very grateful to Sanu for his offering of his car to us to use for the work)
Once the car is loaded, it is then unloaded at St. Laurence House.
Everyone pitches in
- even poor Joseph who is recovering from a severe bout of Malaria and Typhoid -
to distribute the rice to the neighbors.

An added treat was the arrival of another box of medication and supplies
that we assumed was lost in the mail!

This enable our staff to hand out more treats and needed supplies for Easter!

So what is NHA doing for this Easter Sunday?
- they are showering their neighbors
with bags of rice.
Although rice is a staple food in Sierra Leone, it is very expensive and not too many can afford it - opting to buy it a cup at a time.

This Easter,
NHA is gifting their neighbors with rice
......and their neighbors are gifting them with something even more special -

they are giving out huge smiles!

This is what it is all about.
Truly what a blessed and happy Easter it is.
Glory be to God, go ...spend this wonderful day well.