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.

Friday, 6 July 2012


en famille
Becky arrived last week, and Pete and Cat on Tuesday - wonderful, fun and very different to be altogether! The house feels full and busy and really like home. It's also a bit of a celebration as Pete has just graduated as a doctor, and Cat completed her PGCE. Becky has finished her 2nd year nursing with really good marks.
Cat is teaching English for a couple of days in college, and is hugely enjoyed by the students. Pete is sorting out college computer issues for us. Becky has visited hospitals twice with Alastair and is keeping us in cakes and lovely meals. Becky will stay for a  couple of months and will work at Shunga.
They have all been made wonderfully welcome by our friends and colleagues here and have been served chickens at every opportunity! Tomorrow we're going away for a week, to Katavi game park , about 6-8 hours south of here. May be no internet access so apologies if no blog for a while but will post pictures of animals, and Sammons relaxing when we get back.

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