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December 2014 (Merry Christmas!)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

We are only one day away from our first of four Christmases, and we still have a lot to do. Fr. Ole, the pastor of three parishes and our children’s chapel, is hard at work with last minute preparations. The kids voted not to go cam…

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November update

Happy Thanksgiving!

Especially during this Thanksgiving season, do we appreciate all the help people give us. We have all kinds of mini projects going on, and we have begun to harvest our big rice crop. Right now, we have folks out at the cattle bar…

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October 2014 Updates

 Fall is here!

Autumn has arrived, and our guest house has been packed with foreign volunteers from several countries since September. I just hired a young mother, not yet 30 years old, who has AIDS, to help with the cooking and laundry. One woman …

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September 2014

Dear Friends,

                It is late in the year, and each year around this time, Mother Hubbard’s cupboards begin to empty. Also, we were down to 135 kids in May, but our little crowd has increased by leaps and bounds since then! …

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August 2014

FROM THE AULD LAD!

I just returned to Thailand on Saturday August 16, and arrived at Sarnelli on the following day. I was in the States for 10 weeks, trolling for shekels. People were very generous, and we had a very successful Ceboride, which is a …

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July 2014

I am writing the monthly update during the absence of Fr Mike Shea. I am expecting to have a smooth and quiet month while the classes are resumed but it is impossible for Sarnelli House.

After the reshuffling the children and houses – the boys stay …

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July 2014

I am writing the monthly update during the absence of Fr Mike Shea. I am expecting to have a smooth and quiet month while the classes are resumed but it is impossible for Sarnelli House.

After the reshuffling the children and houses – the boys stay …

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June 2014

The latest news from Sarnelli House is that the kids from kindergarten one to M. 6 are back in school, and life has settled down a bit. I myself head home on June 3rd (I hope, if the coup clamp down doesn’t get worse) and hope to spend some time rela…

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May 2014

In the merry month of May!

          I am writing a late letter to thank everybody for the pre-school donations you sent for the children of Sarnelli House. Your donations came at the right time. We are seeking funds for five young 12-13 year old gi…

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April 2014

HAS SPRING FINALLY SPRUNG??

As a callow youth, I remember the Burma Shave signs along highway 45, east of Eden, Wisconsin. “Spring has sprung, grass has riz, where last year’s careless drivers is”. We are happy to report that generous donations from…

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March 2014

A blessed Lenten season to all!

The cold season is now a fond memory, and the hot season has moved in. The temperature will continue to climb rapidly, with April and May just horrible, and then high humidity with the heat, and hopefully, rain. I rea…

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February 2014

  We were blessed by the presence of the Old Pro from the Redemptorist retreat House, Crooked Lake, south of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Fr. Chuck Beierwaltes comes every year, and is one of our best fund raisers. Poor old Chuck headed back to the frozen …

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January 2014

Happy New Year!!

Our kids just returned from their camping trip in the Nongbualampoo Mountains. It was really cold and they are happy to be home to new hot water showers, thanks to a generous donor from Texas!!

We picked up a little 2-year-old girl…

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November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

                I hope this letter finds all of our friends happy and healthy. The kids had their Halloween party on the evening of November 2, and it was a bit muted. We stopped the night stuff in the cemetery. T…

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October 2013

 School is out and the natives are restless! I find herds of little boys trudging through our orchards, looking for fruit and bamboo shoots. Older boys are heading out to fish and hunt. Girls, young and old, sit morosely demanding trips to anywhere. …

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September 2013

Dear Friends!

                It is great to be back at Sarnelli House, after 7 weeks in the U.S., trolling for shekels! The kids greeted me like I was a rock star. (I think part of that was because of their expectations of gifts from the U.S.!! Eve…

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August 2013

The rainy season here in Northeast Thailand has been a good one – so good that the mosquitoes have taken advantage of the water everywhere and Dengue Fever has stricken a number of the children and staff at Sarnelli House. This season 16 children hav…

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July 2013 update

Dear Friends!

                Thank you so very much for your continuing interest, kindness and concern for our children. All our kids but two are now back to school. Even our blind kids are attending school at a public high school, Viengkham. Only …

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June 2013 Updates

Except for college, all the kids are back in school, and the staff are taking a seminar on how to treat kids according to law (and love). Kids have graduated, and four new children have arrived. One of the newcomers is nicknamed “Nut” (that gives us …

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May 2013 update

 The children are enjoying their two month school break, and the folks on the staff are grimly counting the days until they get them back in school. As folks on the other side of the world suffer through snowstorms and chilling weather, we on this si…

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