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.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

On our way home

Here we are, with our vehicle, and on the open road home towards Kasulu. The car was eventually in our possession on Friday afternoon - tools stolen somewhere, and air conditioning not working, but otherwise intact. We're 2 days into our journey, and will be another day or so. We got the air con fixed today which has helped a lot. Do look back on the blog to Feb this year (scroll through "older posts" at the bottom of the page) for a photo of the car outside the vicarage preparing to leave UK. It's now piled high with things we have bought in Dar, including a new photocopier for the college, and boxes of conrflakes and other supermarket luxuries, not to mention the many boxes of second hand theological books we're bringing for the library! The roads are long and tiring - tarmac so far, but onto dirt tomorrow.

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