Tuesday, June 28……It is 12:45 in the morning and the lightning is flashing, the thunder is thundering, the wind is blowing and the rain is pouring down. This is pretty early for the rains and perhaps it is just a warning of what will be happening over the next three months. The mosquitoes are here already but soon there will be hordes of them after the rain forms puddles everywhere. They breed in discarded bottles, broken pots and in old sardine cans that folks often just toss into the bush; in potholes in the dirt roads or even in the holes in the cement blocks used in construction and anywhere else where water collects and there is no drainage.
BUT...I believe it
is also a warning for me to swallow my pride and let you know that we
are seriously needing your help in order to procure the medicine so
necessary for the cure of Malaria .Just last Thursday we treated 6
patients with malaria and this; even before the rains began.
Africa, over a million people die each year because malaria is a killer.
When folks having malaria come to Nazareth hermitage and we have the
curative medicine, the malaria attack will be over during the 3 day
dosage period. Usually after the day 1
the patient will feel much better but malaria parasites remain in the
body until the
last dosage is taken on day 3. I can certainly attest to this as I
nearly died from malaria last year which put me into the hospital for a
were so generous when I went to the U.S. for a 3 week retreat and
during the remaining time, because of your kindness, I was able to
and supplies which are not
available here. For this reason I felt ashamed to ask for your kind help
again but I must as the sick poor need our help…instructions follow below:
1. People make checks payable to "Monastery of Christ in the Desert"
2. Memo must read: Nazareth Hermitage - sick poor or Nazareth Hermitage
Gambia sick poor
3. Address envelope to: Monastery of Christ in the Desert,
St. Paul's Hermitage
P.O. Box 270
Abiquiu NM 87510
4. My name should not appear anywhere on the check.
the Monastery receives the donation and will send you an
acknowledgement for tax purposes (should you need it) and then the check
will be taken over to to St. Paul's hermitage and your donation for
medicines for the sick poor will be deposited in my bank account in
Santa Fe by the hermit at Christ in the Desert.
May our merciful Lord bless your kindness and shine His face upon you,
brother dismas Mary