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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Saturday, July 20, 2013


The focus of Nazareth House Apostolate is on relationship.  Relationship with God and relationship with each other.

The purpose of St. Simeon Skete is the deepening of prayer - the deepening of relationship with God in ongoing prayer.  The work of the outreach of Nazareth House Apostolate in Sierra Leone is the deepening of the relationship to our brothers and sisters as outlined in Matthew 25: 35-46.  But it's not a one way street.  Its family.  Its being there for one another - borders, oceans, nationalities make no difference.

Along with the distinctiveness of St. Simeon Skete and the extraordinary outreach in Sierra Leone there are many facets of Nazareth House Apostolate that make it unique.  The personalization of actions between the supporters and the recipients in Kabala is one of the most endearing characteristics of this organization.

Deirdre Miller of Kirkland, Washington describes NHA in this way: 

"Being good stewards of the blessings that our Lord have given us, include returning a portion back to His use. We want to be sure that the money is used efficiently and wisely. Due to NHA being a small charity, the majority of donations are spent on humanitarian aid; also they're fully transparent with their financial statements, so it's easy to see how donations are spent. NHA has a small, cottage-industry appeal to it and because of that, donors become family to all who are served in Sierra Leone."

It is this family bonding that lights up with encouragement in situations of concern or need.

Recently, Cindy Peterson has had some serious health issues in the midst of her ongoing battle with cancer.  At the first diagnosis the children in Kabala sent messages of encouragement to Cindy.  

January 2013
These children are very aware of adversity and what it is like to be in the midst of it.

January 2013

Last November, 2012, Pa Foday (our administrator of the NHA School) became very ill and messages from America were sent to him. 

Seraphim, Brent Peterson (Cindy's husband), Denny and Joan Markwell (Cindy's Mom) - Nov. 2012

Prayers for Pa Foday (Nov. 2012)

Pa Foday in hospital  (Nov. 2012)

The Miller family sending prayers and messages to Pa Foday (Nov. 2012)
Willis Family sending wishes to Pa Foday.  (Nov. 2012)

Cindy and her family sending get well wishes to Pa Foday.  November 2012 
Today, Cindy is in ICU in a Lexington Hospital with some complications to manage, a few more hurdles to jump.  She had emergency surgery on Tuesday night. 

Children in Kabala at NHA Compound, July 17, 2013

 Immediately, the children of Kabala sent messages to her: 

Its relationship... its all about relationship.....

Its not a matter of simply sending some funding or some supplies (which is extremely important, however), there is so much more to it. Its about getting to know each other, loving each other, praying for each other and standing by each other.  That's Nazareth... 
...that's real love...

We promised to post the photos of each child receiving their report card at the end of the 2013 NHA School Year.  Here are three more of the children, we'll add more next blog post.  It was important to each one of them that you see how well they are doing in the school that you provided for them.  Please keep them and their families, the teachers and administrators in your prayers.  Thank you. 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.   We love you all!