Followers of HSH know that Steven, a once past seminarian, now a novice for the lay-Dominicans, a youth leader (see http://www.uyma.org/ ) and heart patient (heart failure) in Western Uganda, needs a bit of help. He also writes a daily email on the Scriptures for a 1000 some youth. He even has some awesome facebook pages, though I don’t do facebook. Here are his Profile, and the Uganda Youth Ministry Association, and the Consecrated Secularity page.
We’ve figured out a way for him to get his medicines without going through endless financial obstacles for those wanting to help, but who are unsure how to do this and unsure of his suitability for receiving a donation or two. I had to shut down some of his comments when I saw a paypal link go up. He didn’t know the difficulties inherent with collecting money for overseas entities in the present “security” climate, much less my difficulties in regard to any donations here in North Carolina!
Turns out that Steven is a one-time chicken keeper (Ooo-Rah!), who still has his hen-house ready to go. Way to go, Steven! He had more than a dozen chickens, but they started to die with a contageous cough (hopefully not avian flu!). The eggs brought him enough income to get the four medicines he needs for his heart condition. But he had to sell them off when they started dying.
So, he needs chickens… perhaps enough not only to pay for the medicines, but also for his other bills for his apostolate. So, what to do?
Turns out also that Steven is also an author. He has two books for sale on Amazon. He receives royalties for the sale of each book, $9.00 for the $20.00 book and $4.00 for the $10.00 book. That’s a great percentage for royalties. Let’s take a look:
Publication Date: December 2, 2011 — “A big challenge Christians have today is to relate the word of God in the Bible with their everyday lives. The Catholic Church daily provides a timely message in the scriptures read at Mass, but how do we relate this word to our daily living? This book is a journey through the Gospels making them practical and livable. Ready your bible, and let’s get going!”
And here’s the other:
Publication Date: December 28, 2011 — “The situations that will stretch your faith most will be those times when life falls apart and God is nowhere to be found. This happened to Job. In a single day he lost everything—his family, his business, his health, and everything he owned. Most discouraging, for thirty seven chapters, God said nothing! How do you praise God when you don’t understand what is happening in your life and God is silent? How do you stay connected in a crisis without communication? How do you keep your eyes on Jesus when they are all full of tears? You do what Job did: “Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the Name of the Lord be praised.’ “(Job 1:20-21).”
Don’t you wish you had them? You, meaning ~you!~ can get them, read them over, pass them around… You get to give almsgiving. You get a great read in return. Your almsgiving not only helps Steven, but, through him, his apostolate. All safe, all legal, and hopefully frequent!
UPDATE: As you can see from the combox, we are getting closer to getting Steven his chickens so that he can get his meds. I’m very happy about this. In looking over some of his posts on his facebook pages, I’m impressed that he cites Church documents here, there and everywhere, and well cited, not just to do it. This sets up a perspective that is instilled into the zillion youth he works with in Uganda. That’s really very awesome. If you haven’t ordered your books yet, today is the day, um… Here and Here. Done! The best kind of almsgiving doesn’t give someone a sterile egg… no… The best kind of almsgiving gives someone chickens, which can lay eggs, and reproduce, and… Very cool!