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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Friday, July 1, 2011

What a week for NHA.

There is much going on with NHA right now, the Compound is beginning to look finished from the outside 

and some of the rooms inside 

are becoming more and more livable.   

The well still is not done so fetching water is going to be a chore and baths will need to be taken in the stream.   

The well is a slow work, especially with no money to hire equipment, it is being done by hand.   There is much to be done yet to finish the compound.    

NHA has just this week sent the monthly teachers salaries and other needs money for July,  but we still have that last $12,000 to finish the Compound.    

Please share this with all that you know, encourage them to be a part of this great work and ask them for a donation. 

James is traveling back and forth the long day drive to and from Kabala, unloading and loading furniture in the small truck that he must use to move.   

As he jokingly said to me, this is my Uhaul!   James remembers the Uhaul that we used to move items from Louisville to Taylorsville when he was here to help us.   Unfortunately, he has no such service as that in Sierra Leone. 

While in Kabala, James is helping the construction workers in any manner he can to assist in completion of the project.   We can help James and the workers by providing the funding so that they can finish faster by purchasing equipment.  

Otherwise, its being worked on by back breaking labor and torn hands.   Let's help them out, let's try our best to raise the money they need. 

Back home at St. Simeon Skete, the Taylorsville Zoning Commission approved our permit to build Kellis - which are individual cells (like hermitages) centered around the Chapel.    

This is the Kelli (cell, hermitage) that will be built on the grounds of St. Simeon Skete

It was a pleasure to meet the board members of the  Zoning Commission and we are thankful for their approval.   

Seraphim is enduring another bout of malaria, not quite as severe as the near fatal attack last year, but this one is intense.  

Even so, he continues all of the Offices & Liturgies at the Skete daily, including the full Nazareth House Rosary as he walks the grounds.   

The way that the NHA Family works together, here in America 

and in Sierra Leone, 

wherever they are is amazing. 

 Anywhere  you look, someone is doing something 

to help out Nazareth House.   

 Thank you all, what a wonderful team we make - together - holding one another up - loving. 

Jesus your life of poverty is living in me:

Ps. 140:12. I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the poor.

Is. 25:4. For You have been a defense for the helpless, a defense for the needy in his distress.

Ps. 10:14. The unfortunate commits himself to You; You have been the helper of the orphan... O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear to vindicate the orphan and the oppressed.

Is 41:17. The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer them Myself, as the God of Israel I will not forsake them.

Luke 6:20-21. Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

James 2:5. Did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

Deut. 15:7. If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.

Deut. 26:12. When you have finished paying the complete tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan and the widow, that they may eat in your towns, and be satisfied.

Lev. 19:19ff. Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, neither shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God.

Prov. 31:8ff. [Commandment to kings.] Open your mouth for the dumb, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.

Is. 58:66ff. Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke? Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Jer. 22:3. Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Luke 12:33. "Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys."

Luke 3:11. And [John the Baptist] would answer and say to them, "Let the man with two tunics share with him who has none, and let him who has food do likewise."

Mt. 5:42. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

Nazareth House Apostolate
185  Captains Cove Drive
Taylorsville, KY 40071