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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Donations should be addressed to: Nazareth House Apostolate, 185 Captains Cove Drive, Taylorsville, Kentucky 40071.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Journey continues

Life is a journey, we all have to work our way through it.   And so it is with Nazareth House Apostolate.  

The Nazareth House Compound continues to be a work in progress.  There is still much to be done and that depends on the funding.  Our contractor buys the materials and pays the laborers with each cent we send him.  At this very moment, if someone made a single donation of $12,750, the contractor could finish the project and Nazareth House could move forward - putting the compound to its intended use.  A single donation could happen and it would be wonderful, however, Nazareth House is about teamwork.   Through prayer and teamwork, we were brought to this point and it is sure that it will bring us further in the future.  We need to spike up the adrenalin for one more fundraising rally to get this accomplished. 

James and Kadijah have 5 more days left in Freetown.  Then, maybe, they can stay in the NHA School (there is no running water, there is no electricity or doors to lock up at night).  Its all uncertain.  In the past, we've pulled together and raised over $15,000 in a month for the rent of St. Laurence House in Freetown or for Mission Trips - Let's do it again.   We've proven we can do it.   

As we dig into our pockets and engage others to give for our current needs, lets also remember the goal of 1000 people giving $25 per month.  The American population is rather large and 1000 people is not a huge number to involve in an organization.  Many people have 1000 or more friends on Facebook.   

$25 per month is a reasonable amount, some of us spend more than that on Lattes and Fast Food that simply add unhealthy weight to our bodies.  If we arrive at the goal of 1000 giving $25 it will allow us a dependable budget for all avenues of Nazareth House Apostolates work and the emergency appeals such as this post would decrease and/or hopefully become non existent.    

While we work to bring the NHA Compound to completion, I'm thinking of the journey.  

A journey made together, walking side by side from both sides of the Atlantic, with parts of NHA dipping their toes in the Pacific.   

There is a bond that transcends the physical yet pronounces the things of the heart and brings about unity.


In Nazareth House, together, we're accomplishing that bond, that unity - a fete that many organizations  cannot lay claim.    

When you think of NHA, you think of Africa - namely Sierra Leone, but Nazareth House is made up of people all over the world. 
Fr. Gabriel Harty OP, visiting St. Simeon Skete from Ireland

In the coming weeks through this blog you'll get to know more and more about this NHA Team and the faces that make it up.  
Katherine (Chico, CA) made needlepoint Pocket Crosses and sold them to raise money for NHA.
Here she is presenting Vicki with the proceeds. 

We started out by taking baby steps; 

and then we did a little running...

 Sometimes the path became cold and slippery, 

sometimes the load is heavy.  

Sometimes the load is lighter. 
We've broken down, 
and got back up and started running again,

Awkward loads, rough roads - the journey continues.  

There have been times when we just have to rely on someone else to come and carry us further. 

 There are narrow paths across water.

We've released our share of tears, 

but when the road is steep, 

someone always steps up to help shove us to the top.
 Sometimes it seems we are running in circles 
but there is always  helping hands to reach out 

and keep us going, giving us a strong and  steady pull there
... together your NHA Team climbs the hill.   

And in doing so, we've been able to leap over huge obstacles, 
 even though we've scraped our knees, twisted our ankles, 
Together we keep on pushing onward, more importantly we've kept on loving.  
  NHA will stay on the journey because the path we follow is LOVE 

Pray Love Walk - a - thon:  St. Augustine Anglican Church, Chico CA 

("He that loveth not knoweth not God; for GOD IS LOVE." 1 John 4:8)

Please send your tax deductible donations (remember small or large every donation brings us closer to meeting our goal) to:

Nazareth House Apostolate
185 Captains Cove Drive
Taylorsville, KY 40071

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