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, May 26, 2010

NHA Compound Update

By James Bombolia Mansaray, Freetown, Sierra Leone

I have been somewhat apprehensive as to whether this whole New Compound for NHA will be a reality or not. We at Nazareth House always worry about funding for our projects and this campaign for paying the Contractor for the Compound seems a bit overwhelming.

My recent visit to Kabala encouraged me a great deal and I am convinced it will all be a reality.

Seeing the ongoing construction of the compound was a great joy to me.

They say seeing is believing and I saw many things coming into place.

You, out there, have supported NHA through all our efforts and I continue to have faith in you as we take these forward steps in the life of NHA.

The contractor also has great faith in you and is completing more and more of the house with each installment we make to him.

You see, he is not a rich man. He is trying to provide for his family like you and me. He dumped all his wages into building this Compound, hoping to make a decent profit to sustain his family.

Then he met Fr. Seraphim and Mama Vicki and got to know the work of NHA. Now big profit is not his quest, he is focussed only to help NHA with an extremely fair price for extraordinary quality work on this job.

He is proud to now be a part of continuing the work of NHA by building this compound for us.

But, like I was saying before, he has no extra resources to complete the work, he must wait for our installments. The quicker we pay him the quicker we can make this all a reality.

In the meantime he is working with the funds he has received from us, paying the workers and providing quality craftsmanship on the building site of our compound.

Our workers, in turn, are eager to help out both NHA in this project while also providing for their own families through the wages the contractor pays them to do this job. So even in purchasing the Compound, NHA is helping people out who may not have had an income before ( Stimulating the local economy).

These workers work very hard in the hot sun with no machinery, to speak of, and very few tools.

I commend you on your efforts and support so far on this task. We have paid over $10,000 towards this event so far but we still have at $45,000 to go.

It is a huge amount of money when you think that our average donation is about $25.

However, NHA has always done BIG with very little. We couldn't imagine that we would be able to afford to build the Nazareth House Kabala School - but now hundreds of students are getting a great education daily within its walls. We always say "NHA depends entirely on God as He expresses Himself through your prayers, compassion and generosity." We only need to listen to God speaking in our hearts to know the right thing to do. I trust you to hear the call. My family trusts you. The people of Sierra Leone trust you. NHA trusts you, too.

Please make people aware of this project, tell them about what is going on here because of the work of NHA. Peoples' lives are changing daily for the better. Because of the work that you support of NHA, people are healthier, children are being educated, people are finding housing, people are able to improve their lives all because of the loving help and encouraging nudges provided by Nazareth House Apostolate.

A work that you are a part of. We are all in this together, working together in peace, love and unity.

These three words are the constant prayers of the great teacher, Pa Barrie, it is what he left us, what he left NHA. Pa Barrie also said that the good deeds that you do on this earth will be the skin that you wear in Paradise.

I like that and I want to be wearing good skin when I meet my maker. I am sure you do to - Please give to NHA today!

God bless you all,

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