In the late 1990s Rev John Carrie spent 3 months on sabbatical in Kenya and fell in love with the people and the place. Meantime Tom and Gwenneth Williamson had already made a connection with David Mbae in Chogoria, about 100 miles north of Nairobi, through their son Scott who elected to serve in the hospital there as part of his medical training to become a doctor.
Since then, the Queensferry Parish Church connection with Chogoria has continued to grow through:
- Visits by Queensferry Scouts in 2005 and 2008.
- Reflections and Connections following the Scout trips.
- Training sponsored for three teachers through the John Carrie Memorial Fund.
- Members of the congregation visiting the Chogoria congregations in 2011, the Chogoria Twelve.
More recently, our 1st September 2013 Communion services included a skype call with the Chogoria congregation when we were able to see and hear one another’s gathered congregations live. The QPC folks were able to see and hear from the teachers and many of the pupils whose training we’ve sponsored.
David Mbae, wearing a kilt(!), is pictured on the left with the Olympic Medal winning Kenyan athlete, Kipchoge Keino. David is headmaster of the Chogoria Complex Primary School and is our key contact with the Chogoria church, schools and hospital.
On the right, Rev David Cameron addresses pupils of the Chogoria Girls’ High School during the 2011 visit.