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.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Monday - in Dar es Salam

safely in Tanzania, in the midst of heat and bustle of the capital city. We're OK, and all our luggage with us. However pretty awful on the paper work front with no work permits (can stay on tourist visa for 3 months while we sort it) - and despite all our efforts big problems still to overcome to get our car cleared. Have decided to fly to Kasulu Wed morning, and then come back to Dar in a few weesk to fetch car if all goes OK. Still no idea whether we have a house..... Thanks for all your care and prayers. Hopefully next news more positive.


  1. So pleased to hear you've arrived safely. All our love and prayers for the next few days. Catherine & co xxx

  2. wooo - all scary, but glad you are safe. praying hard for you. Sarah xxx