Welcome to the blog of Alastair and Helen Sammon, and thanks for visiting us in this way.
As from Easter 2012 we will be living and working in the Diocese of Western Tanganyika.
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, 30 March 2013
A very happy Easter
Wishing all our friends a very Happy Easter. It's a bit cold and rainy here but the sun will come up later. The first photo is of the "Way of the Cross" which we followed on Good Friday to the top of a nearby hill - together with 500 or so other Christians. A very moving experience. And the Easter egg is the only one in Kasulu I'm sure. Thanks to Becky who sent us a "kit" I have managed, with considerable effort, to make an Easter egg. However it was far too hot for the chocolate, and every time I got it out of the fridge it melted in my hand and fell to bits. I just "caught" this photo before the icing ran!
We have been to the Cathedral this morning, being 'lazy' and only going to one service of 4 hours. This poor chicken spent the service hiding behnd a pot plant, especially while the choirs were singing, and in this picture is being auctioned at the end of the service. Whoever bought it will be having a special Easter lunch.
Yesu amefufuka (Jesus is risen) - the reply is Amefufuka kweli kweli.