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Tuesday March 7 2017
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has told a Kenyan church that Scotland is now the country in need of missionaries.
The Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr was speaking at a church in Kikuyu, near Nairobi, during a visit which has celebrated the historic links between the Church of Scotland and the churches in Kenya.
He told the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) congregation, which regularly attracts 900 people: "You do need not missionaries anymore. We do.
"Your faith has found its African heart and soul and its African voice. You need to teach us again how to find our Scottish heart, and soul and voice because your church is growing and, sadly, our church is not."
During the visit Dr Barr was warmly welcomed by Rev Robert Mbugua, moderator of the Presbytery of Kikuyu, who described Scotland as the ‘home of our ancestors’.
Dr Barr and his wife Margaret visited a PCEA evangelist training college, where he met students from across Africa, a primary school and teacher training college.
At the Church of the Torch at Kikuyu, he met members of the Women's Guild.
The party was also given a guided tour of Kikuyu Hospital, which was established in 1908 by Scottish Christians and is now run by PCEA.
It started life as a cottage dispensary and is considered to be the 'mother of all church founded hospitals'.
Rev Dr John Cameron - Saturday, March 11th, 2017
“Totally agree - but we could do more about the problem ourselves. Retired after 35 years in Broughty Ferry I am saddened that a third of the Dundee’s churches are vacant when so many trained ministers now hold pretendy clerical positions. I see many experienced pastors sitting around in the Kirk’s head office holding down positions which would be better filled by elders who have retired from business. Then there are RE teachers and "chaplains" of every stripe (military, school, college, university, hospital, etc) in “expanded” roles which could be performed part-time by local ministers. Such peripheral stuff wasn’t a problem in days gone by and one can understand people preferring a better-paid, less arduous post but parish work represents the front-line. ”
Ecaat John Robert - Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
“Hello, Praise the name of our Lord Jesus Christ for his love endures forever.
I am Pastor John Robert Ecaat, from Uganda. tToday we are lacking missionaries, there is no more training of missionary work in local Churches. May the Holy Spirit re-fire the local Churches.”
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