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NAZARETH HOUSE APOSTOLATE
April 7, 2013

We have known Vicki and Father Seraphim Hicks since 2005 when we moved to Louisville, KY. Father Seraphim’s uncompromising spirituality drew us to his church, where we learned more about the mission of Nazareth House in Sierra Leone. Vicki is the administrator of Nazareth House, as well as the treasurer, public relations liason and mail boy. She does it all with the oversight of a dedicated board of five others, none of whom receives, to our knowledge, compensation as a member. (The three “civilian” board members are in fact reliable contributors to Nazareth House.) We can attest to the modest lifestyle of Father and Vicki, so that if she is paid from donated funds over and above her expenses, it is not very much. The Hicks do not vacation or buy new clothes and furniture. Seraphim takes no salary at all.
One expense of running Nazareth House is airfare for rare trips to Sierra Leone. But once there, Vicki attends to villagers’ illnesses and Father travels on foot to villages with his prayer beads (not to convert anyone, just to pray). They reside on site with James, NHA’s Sierra Leone representative, and his family and do not seek out a comfortable hotel room.
Father and Vicki have witnessed abhorrent things done to the people of Sierra Leone. The Hicks’ goal in all this is to keep more Sierra Leoneans alive and whole and give them hope of a future.

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