The priority for this visit was to transport dental supplies (tooth pastes and brushes) and kitchen items from Australia to the mission.  In addition to this we made our regular shopping visits to supermarkets in Labuan Bajo to stock up the larder of the monastery.  Rice and sugar were also purchased.  Dental supplies are provided on an on-going basis to the children of the English class (normally about 80 children), the brothers at the monastery and to local residents as part of the mission’s outreach programs.  Preparations are also being made to finalise the building of an apostolate facility on the property for long-term care of the disabled and elderly of the community.  For this mission visit we say special thanks to our generous donors: the bulk of the dental supplies were kindly provided by Smile Team Orthodontics, Wollongong NSW and the staff of the Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital, Brisbane Qld‎.  In addition we thank our loyal supporters for the provision of funds which assisted in the purchase of our supermarket supplies.

The monastery welcomes us
The monastery welcomes us
A very friendly welcome from the brothers also
A very friendly welcome from the brothers also
The new truck
The new truck
The van has a new paint job
The van has a new paint job
The brothers are hard at work as usual
The brothers are hard at work as usual
Constructing a base for a water tank
Constructing a base for a water tank
Just arrived and the gardening starts
Just arrived and the gardening starts
Planting pumpkin seeds
Planting pumpkin seeds
The monastery has some new piglets
The monastery has some new piglets
The unpacking of supplies from Australia commences
The unpacking of supplies from Australia commences
More unpacking
More unpacking
Kitchen supplies
Kitchen supplies
Dental supplies (special thanks to our generous supporters)
Dental supplies (special thanks to our generous supporters)
Supplies from Australia all unpacked
Supplies from Australia all unpacked
Off to the local shops early the next day
Off to the local shops early the next day
We hit the supermarket first
We hit the supermarket first
Olivia, the owner of the RoxyMart supermarket gives us a very good price for bulk orders (special thanks to our generous sponsors)
Olivia, the owner of the RoxyMart supermarket gives us a very good price for bulk orders (special thanks to our generous sponsors)
The supermarket challenge is over, back to the monastery to wait for delivery
The supermarket challenge is over, back to the monastery to wait for delivery
On our way back we spot a local bus
On our way back we spot a local bus
Plus an up market tourist centre with its own shuttle bus
Plus an up market tourist centre with its own shuttle bus
RoxyMart delivers the groceries and the brothers carry them to the store room
RoxyMart delivers the groceries and the brothers carry them to the store room
Unpacking the supplies for storage
Unpacking the supplies for storage
Inventory time
Inventory time
Time for the rosary, the chapel has a new hand carved altar and a beautiful altar cloth
Time for the rosary, the chapel has a new hand carved altar and a beautiful altar cloth
Brothers clean up after lunch
Brothers clean up after lunch
Reviewing the local sponsorship children with Brother Emmanuel
Reviewing the local sponsorship children with Brother Emmanuel
New container facility at the Labuan Bajo harbour
New container facility at the Labuan Bajo harbour
Large boats with containers can now come into the harbour
Large boats with containers can now come into the harbour
As always, the beautiful bay at Labuan Bajo
As always, the beautiful bay at Labuan Bajo
As always in the wet season, lovely cooling monsoonal rains in the afternoons
As always in the wet season, lovely cooling monsoonal rains in the afternoons
Not so beautiful are these local 'cottages' for workers making bricks (yes the houses are that small, note the chicken on the porch)
Not so beautiful are these local ‘cottages’ for workers making bricks (yes the houses are that small, note the chicken on the porch)
A local shanty in the forest with a television dish of course!
A local shanty in the forest with a television dish of course!
Returning home from mass on the Sunday morning
Returning home from mass on the Sunday morning
English class time
English class time
Young brothers do a great job teaching English to the class
Young brothers do a great job teaching English to the class
Correcting the children's work
Correcting the children’s work
Trevor speaks to the children about Australia
Trevor speaks to the children about Australia
Br Emmanuel speaks to the class about dental hygeine
Br Emmanuel speaks to the class about dental hygeine
Plenty of tooth brushes and pastes for the children (many thanks to our donors)
Plenty of tooth brushes and pastes for the children (many thanks to Smile Team Orthodontics, Wollongong)
Preparing the give-aways, including hair bands for the girls
Preparing the give-aways, including hair bands for the girls
Almost ready
Almost ready
The girls first under the watchful eye of Br Emmanuel
The girls first under the watchful eye of Br Emmanuel
More girls!
More girls!
More girls, even more excited!
More girls, even more excited!
The boys are very keen to get tooth brushes, possibly for the first time
The boys are very keen to get tooth brushes, possibly for the first time ever
They just cant get enough
They just cant get enough
Things are getting frenetic
Things are getting frenetic
Br Emmanuel steps in to settle things
Br Emmanuel steps in to settle things
Snacks for the children after English class
Snacks for the children after English class
Children prepare to go home
Children prepare to go home
Children walk home after English class, see you next week
Children walk home after English class, see you next week
Some children are taken home by the brothers
Some children are taken home by the brothers
English class is over and a visitor arrives from Jakarta with a gift
English class is over and Herlina Suyati Bachtiar, SH. MBA arrives from Jakarta with a gift
Brothers have prepared good food for all during our visit
Brothers have prepared good food for all during our visit
Once again we say goodbye to Labuan Bajo and the brothers
Once again we say goodbye to Labuan Bajo and the brothers
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