Helen and Alastair - some background

Helen and Alastair - some background : We have always hoped to return to Africa once more before we're too old (perhaps we already are!). Alastair first went to Africa in 1974 as a junior doctor, working for the Church of Scotland in a small hospital in Transkei, South Africa. I met Alastair there in 1982, were married in 1984 and continued in Transkei until 1988. From there we went to Kenya, as employees of the Church of Scotland, where Alastair ran Chogoria Hospital. We left in 1995, with Alec, Peter and Becky to establish the children's schooling and our work in Britain. Here Alastair found himself as consultant in Breast cancer surgery, and Helen initially trained and worked as a GP before "evolving" to full time ordained ministry. Alec is now married to Ruth, and they have baby Zach; Pete is in his final year of medicine in Edinburgh, and Becky half way through nurse training in Oxford.

The Diocese of Western Tanganyika is a partner of Gloucester diocese. The plan is for Helen to join the teaching staff of the Bible College, teaching those preparing for ministry. Alastair will teach English to the students at the college, as well as doing some surgery at the church-run hospitals, and helping with project management in the Diocese.
We will keep you updated on our plans over the next few months and will greatly value your prayer support. Our current prayer requests - and thanks to God of course - will be posted on the side bar.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Work permits

Yesterday we had an encouraging email from Bishop Sadock to say that our work permits are in progress and should be ready in January. Still no news on our house which needs quite a lot of work before we can live in it, but Andrea Jung who is a German missionary has offered that we can stay in her house at first while we get organised. We've booked flights for 24th March, with one extra bag each - the idea is that we go with 46kg each so no heavy Christmas presents please! Here's a photo of the Bible College teaching staff who will be my colleagues. Daudi Ndahana, front left, is the new Principal. 

1 comment:

  1. As an ex-resident of Kasulu (I heard about you via a friend of a friend) I'm interested in knowing more. I knew Sadock Makaya and his wife when he was principal in the 1990's.
    I was there a while ago (1989 to 1994, with regular visits until 1996)but would love to hear more about what you're doing, and to share a bit of my out of date background about the place.
    Tim Watkins-Idle