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 10, 2011

One Hut begins restoration

Nazareth House Apostolate has been ministering to ONE HUT village for several years now, ever since the first time that James, weary from travel, happened upon them on a trip back to Freetown from Kabala.   They welcomed him and showed him great hospitality.
More importantly, ONE HUT village has been ministering to us by teaching us about faith, longsuffering and perseverance.  
This poor village suffers daily simply to survive and more so with one
disaster after another, one sickness after another, but in the midst of it - they smile. 
They never sit around and lament their woes. 

 No! Instead they pick up the pieces and rebuild.  Complaining and Lamenting doesn't replace the roof or the home, so they waste no energy occupying themselves with such things.
 Always making use of the fact that no matter what the circumstances they find themselves in - God has provided them with what they need to deal with what is in the moment.  
If their hut burns down, then God has already given them what they need to deal with such a tragedy.  He has given the strength to continue on, the earth to make new bricks...
  To One Hut Village, they have reason to smile in the worst of conditions because in their hearts they know they already have whatever they need.  They simply make use of it.  They have God and they know He is in every moment.  A lesson we all need to learn from these beautiful people of One Hut.  

In this case, with this recent tragedy, God has also provided One Hut with you - the supporters of NHA that make up this extended Nazareth House Family.  James has already gathered a group of men to help rebuild.   The dusty job of making mud bricks is already under way.   
James has secured rice 

and grain 

to replace their lost food.  

 NHA's current financial resources are committed to various other Sierra Leone projects and needs, however, One Hut and James are counting on the compassion of NHA Family and newcomers to come to their financial aid.  Please don't let  them down.  

There will always be emergencies like this for Nazareth House to give immediate attention.   This is why it is so important for us to receive regular monthly funding by your commitment to monthly donations.   We continue to strive for the goal of 1000 people giving at least $25 per month.  

 This will give us the operating means to handle such emergencies as this burned down home without having to make emergency appeals to come to the rescue of the family.   It will cost about $2,500 or more to restore this building complete with a zinc roof rather than a thatch roof (zinc won't burn or blow away as the thatched roofs have done recently).  We want to make it safer than before.

  In the midst of it, the need to complete the compound in Kabala grows more and more critical.  May 1st is less than a month away, James and his family will not be able to move into a completed building if we don't get funding to our contractor.   Our staff works very hard to do the work of NHA in Sierra Leone, many times putting themselves at risk.  Providing our staff with adequate living quarters and storage for NHA supplies is not an unreasonable request.   We were at $23,000 to complete the Compound in Kabala, when Anthony (our builder and contractor) recently informed me that completion would cost another $8,000 due to rising costs of materials and the need to pay the current workers and hire more to do the job more efficiently.   If the local humane society can raise $50,000 in one day for an abandoned, abused dog, I think its not too much to ask to raise money for some humans that are hungry, abandoned, homeless, sick.   Don't get me wrong, I love dogs, I have one and I never want to see any of God's creatures abused or neglected - but today, I am calling your attention to our brothers and sisters in need, desperate need, in Sierra Leone and I'm asking for your help.   Let's rally together, spread the word, invite others to be a part of this great work.    Give today and ask others to do the same:

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St. Simeon Skete
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Taylorsville, KY 40071 


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