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, 3 May 2012

The "Kasulu Fund"

A rather different type of post - to say thank you to so many people for your generosity in donations to our discretionary fund. It's really encouraging to have a fund we can dip in to help with the work here, and we're getting a good idea of the projects and needs that are around. The things we hope to support in the next month or so are an HIV project that Alastair and health colleague John have been planning- education of local church and community people . Also the ongoing work of the Bible college - a 6 week course in June/ July for pastors and potential new students and the women's course which I've written about and the planning for new academic year. There will be more things coming up, and we aim to use the money as wisely as possible and let you know what it is going towards.
If you don't know about it just email and I'll let you know. It's a UK based acount so easy to pay into, and we can access it from here.
I will also be sending out a college newsletter with the opportunity to "sponsor a student" for their tuition for the year.   Thanks again.

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