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, 27 August 2012

Monday update

Thanks for all your support, emails, prayers, and love. Becky has seemed quite a bit better during the day, able to eat and drink, and sit up a bit. She's still very weak and has lost a lot of weight, and is far from her usual athletic self. The diagnosis is unclear as to why she got so ill, but we're waiting for various test results. The hospital care is good. She's in a private room, and is well looked after. She says she's learning a lot of valuable lessons about nursing by being a patient herself! Alastair and I are comfortable in our guest house, and can walk to the hospital from here.

1 comment:

  1. Great news! Much love to Becky, thinking of you all. Hope recovery continues and test results come back ok. Will keep checking blog for updates - hurray for the interweb. love Mary xxx