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.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Christmas Presents and baby Zach.

Christmas presents ran to a clear theme this year, and once more made our plans very real. The children together did a lot of research and gave us a fancy water filter system - based on a dialysis system, which allegedly can give us a 1000 litres of water a day, which should be enough! And Alastair and I gave each other a double bed mosquito net under which we'll spend a lot of time.
Zach (now 12 weeks old) had his first surgery for his cleft lip and palate on Friday. It went very well and is a beautiful job. He was home within 24 hours and although a bit miserable and sore is doing very well.Thank you for all your prayers and support.

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