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.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Sitting room

 Here - by popular request - some pictures of the inside of our house. We've done quite a lot of "feng shui" with the sitting room and it now feels comfortable and welcoming. Office is functional though no glass in the windows so interesting when there is a storm. I've grown to rather enjoy the kitchen, and made some excellent scones last weekend which I served to rather confused Tanzanian friends with "clotted cream" and home made pineapple jam. We have to boil the milk each day and the cream that settles on top does well as clotted cream. I have a small electric cooker, just two rings that don't adjust temperature and a one rack oven.
Bathroom photos to follow.... still discussing the colour of the plastic bucket! And bedroom waiting for inspiration about the next kitenge, (i.e  beautiful lengths of African material which cost around £1-00 per metre)
Days busy at the Bible College still, and feels a bit like running the church with rotas, finance meetings etc.
Wonderful to hear news from St Barnabas about the appointment of Janet. Love and prayers with you all.

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