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, September 9, 2011

Nazareth House Syntactic Tree

There is so much to be done and so many depending on us.  As we continue to pay down the construction costs  of the NHA Compound (balance due $6,000) in Kabala, we must also keep up with our other responsibilities.  We continue to pray for compassionate folks who will commit to monthly support of Nazareth House.  For as little as $25 per month you can make a huge difference in many lives and enable the work of NHA to continue and grow.   Please consider doing so today.   

The first twenty people that sign up to be a NHA Monthly Sustainer -giving regular monthly donations to provide for the work of NHA, will receive this tote bag.  

 St. Simeon Skete (prayer) is the heart of Nazareth House Apostolate from which all that we do begins, circulates and is pumped out.  

Nazareth House Kabala is our field house in which the mission work is accomplished.  Together the two exemplify the teamwork we have in our supporters and the beneficiaries - working together with great love,  to do the work of Nazareth House.   

The teamwork of Nazareth House is amazing. 

In fact it is more than amazing...

it is  TREEmendous

Last week as we ended the day at the Chapel at St. Simeon Skete with the service of Compline, we noticed the branches had formed together a syntactic structure in strings of leaves to spell out the letters:  N.  H.  for Nazareth House.

We had been considering cutting the tree down as it seemed to be dying.

As we got a closer look, we noticed that the letters were made up of new growth in the midst of the dying leaves and branches.   

Part of the Rule of Nazareth House is that you must daily do manual labor, this is carried out at the Skete in Kentucky, USA

 and also in Sierra Leone.  

The NHA School was in severe need of protective paint as is the buildings at St. Simeon Skete.  Even though we haven't paid the Compound Construction work off, we were able to squeeze a little money to paint the school

and we hope to raise the money for St. Simeon Skete very soon as the buildings are wood and must be sealed and protected before Winter sets in.  The wood is a past due a treatment and we don't want further deterioration to set in. 

In the meantime, in Kabala, the school is being prepared for the new year...

 "He must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need."-  Ephesians 4:28

"There is no substitute for hard work."- Thomas A. Edison 

"For the people worked with all their heart."  Nehemiah 4:6

"We work to become, not to acquire." - Elbert Hubbard 

"May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-- yes, establish the work of our hands." - Psalm 90:17

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. " - Thomas A. Edison 

"There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something." - Henry Ford 

"But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded." 
-  2 Chronicles 15:7

Our enrollment is growing and we have ran out of room at the NHA School.  This year we are adding room dividers in the old classrooms to generate additional classrooms. 

"Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy." - Khalil Gibran 

"Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."
 - Colossians 3:23 (see Colossians 3:22- 4:1)

"Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure." - George Sand 

It's all about love...
       Come join us.

Nazareth House Apostolate
185 Captains Cove Drive
Taylorsville, KY 40071