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.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013


The wedding was more wonderful than I can describe - it was a 5 day house party in the 23-bedded stately home of Drumkilbo house in Perthshire where we gathered as family and close friends. We did all the preparation and running of the wedding our selves, but between the cooking of meals, making 150 scones for cream tea,  preparation of the marquee, making bunting, writing signs, decorating the house..... we had loads of fun together, enjoying garden games and wild afternoons in the heated swimming pool. The day itself was perfect, helped by somewhat unusual Perthshire weather!
The picture shows Becky and I in our kanga aprons (the writing says, in Swahili : "God bless this wedding") - and above Peter and Catherine cutting their home made chocolate and beetroot cake!

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