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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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

NHA School Prepares for a new School Year

Nazareth House Apostolate School completed yet another successful year of education in June 2011.  

As we prepare for the opening of the next school year in a few short weeks,

Pa Foday & NHA Teachers prepare to handout 2010/2011 Report Cards and Awards

we want to share with you

the joy 

James and Mako give this young boy an award

and pride in a job 

James gives this young lady an award

well done

What a fabulous year this has been

the students, 


Pa Foday hands out report cards


Handing out report cards

and parents of Nazareth House Apostolate

Proud students, excited to receive their grades

all performed 

Sanu hands out report cards

an outstanding achievement

Proud parents review their child's report card

in accomplishing another 

remarkable School Year. 

As report cards were handed out

the students anxiously peered over their grades.

smiles grew broader and broader as 

Albert distributes report cards

the children, teachers and parents 

Roo supervises the distribution of report cards

realized what a remarkable fulfillment

and accomplishment that they have attained.  The students are remarkable

and this speaks for the tremendous job the teachers are doing.  

proud parents review their child's grades

It all starts in the home

these children are all fortunate to have parents that know

and understand the value of education.

They want the best for their children and when it comes to education, our hard working teachers 

 know how to provide it.

The parents are delighted to see the good marks 

their children are making.  They see 

this as the hope of the future.

We at Nazareth House Apostolate want to make sure

that you know

Roo participates in handing out report cards

how important 

a work you are doing through Nazareth House Apostolate

for the students, teachers, parents 

of Kabala. 

Your prayers and donations to NHA, not only 

provide education 

but gives an entire community HOPE!

The NHA Team is the best, working together from shore to shore
Making a difference!

Thank you.   Please continue this most generous and honorable work.  

If you haven't committed to a monthly donation 
to NHA 
for the purpose of maintaining 
in Kabala and outlying villages,

Please consider doing so today.

185 Captains Cove Drive
Taylorsville, KY 40071


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mornings that last all day!

At this stage of pregnancy, mornings are not easy for Kadijah.  As it is with most women with child, Morning Sickness occupies a lot of her day.   

Life is not as frantic

 in Kabala as it was in Freetown.

  Its quiet, no constant honking of car horns,

 no hustle and bustle 

about the streets.  

Kadijah sets out to begin the day, preparing food and doing chores.  

Albeit, the unfinished Compound (cabinets not all in yet) provides her an opportunity to be a little more creative on getting the day's tasks accomplished.  This is nothing new for her - anyone able to survive the horrors & atrocities of war while also protecting her infant (Lucy was a baby during the war) -she is used to making things do. 

The rains are so heavy now that it has provided many gallons of free water with each full bucket saved.  We can now use it to flush the toilet, bathe, wash dishes.  We are so thankful for this source of water. 

Because of the rains, being without water isn't too terrible.  A bit of an inconvenience during cooking and bathing and a toilsome annoyance in the restroom.  Yet we do what we have to do.

 We pray that as the rains stop, and the sunny weather returns that we will also have the funding to complete the well and provide water into the Compound.  And if it is delayed longer, then... we'll be okay.  NHA lives in the moment, making the best of it because God is in that very moment - good or bad.  This gives us the strength to plow on through whatever the world hands us.  

In the meantime we give thanks for all of you and all we have, in particular all the wonderful benefits we have received in living up-country.   One advantage (which is the greatest) is that there is no shortage of loving people to share the day and spread around some happiness...   

Seraphim's good friend, Pa Bah, enjoys some time with Roo...

Pa Bah has had recent health issues, please pray for him.

...and Kadijah gets some time to be still..

"Be still, and know that I am God" 

(Psalm 46:10)