Africa

Malawi drought: Gladys had hoped to send her gifted son to school, now she can’t feed him

Malawi drought: Gladys had hoped to send her gifted son to school, now she can’t feed him

In April, I visited Christian Aid-supported projects in Nsanje, Malawi, writes Keryn Banks. I saw the crippling effects of climate change on the local community. The combination of floods in Jan 2015 and then a severe El Niño weather system at the start of this year resulted in the worst drought in a decade, leaving […]

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Ebola outbreak: Christian hospital Mercy Ships cancels trip due to risk

The travelling Christian hospital Mercy Ships has had to cancel a trip to care for people in Africa due to the Ebola outbreak that is wreaking havoc in the region. The ship has been halted in a planned trip to Benin and is docked and waiting in the Canary Islands while the situation is assessed, […]

Fr Tobias Okoro

African priest inspires his Pitlochry flock to help young people in Nigeria

Fr Tobias Okoro, parish priest at St Bride’s in Pitlochry, is hoping to raise £16,000 towards building a Learning Centre in Umualumaku, Nigeria, with the help of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. Generous parishioners from Pitlochry Parish—encompassing St Brides, St Columba in Birnam and Our Lady of Mercy in Aberfeldy—assisted by those from […]

Lynne Haultain

Remembering Cathy Peat: 1920s medical missionary to Livingstonia in Malawi

My grandmother Cathy Peat was an indomitable woman, writes Lynne Haultain. Graduating in medicine in the mid-1920s in Aberdeen, Scotland, she found herself within a few years on a mission to deepest darkest Africa – literally. The resonance is almost comic. Dr Peat’s first posting as a medical missionary was to Livingstonia – named after […]

Rev Gordon Campbell

Booze everlasting for beer-lievers in Jesus! Tayside minister makes Malawi slip-up

A Tayside minister told an African congregation that they would have “everlasting beer” if they believed in Jesus. Rev Gordon Campbell, of Perth’s Congregational Church, made the slip-up attempting to preach in the local dialect at a church in Malawi. Representatives from Dundee University Chaplaincy Centre have just returned from the African country where they […]

FGM activist: 'Girls in UK Sunday schools are being cut - the Church must take a stand'

FGM activist: ‘Girls in UK Sunday schools are being cut – the Church must take a stand’

• Executive director Dr Ann-Marie Wilson, talks about 28 Too Many’s research on FGM in Kenya and their work to end the practice in the 28 countries in Africa where it is practised and in the global diaspora. Church leaders should do more to oppose female genital mutilation (FGM), anti-FGM charity 28 Too Many will tell […]

Pardon and release confirmed for Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim, sentenced to 100 lashes and death for 'apostasy'

Pardon and release confirmed for Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim, sentenced to 100 lashes and death for ‘apostasy’

Christian Solidarity Worldwide has confirmed that the appeal court reviewing the case of Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for apostasy and 100 lashes for adultery on 11 May, has quashed the original verdict, ordered her release, recognized her marriage and declared her innocent of all charges. However, Meriam and […]

David Livingstone

David Livingstone legacy: boost for Scots scholarship link-up with Malawi

A total of 30 people will be offered places on the ­Scotland Malawi Scholarship programme after a deal was signed between the two countries yesterday. This follows the successful David Livingstone Bicentenary Scholarship Programme which saw 37 Malawians educated at post-graduate level. Humza Yousaf, Glasgow MSP and Minister for External Affairs and International Development, announced […]

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala

African traditionalists reject Anglican dialogue on gays

An African-led traditionalist group opposed to growing acceptance of homosexuality in the worldwide Anglican Communion has rejected a Church of England plea to review its Bible-based condemnation of gays. Kenyan Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, chairman of the group, said it was “deeply troubling” that Anglicanism’s mother church [sic] was trying to project a British debate about […]

John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

Welby flies to Africa telling Anglicans to treat gay people as ‘children of God’

The Archbishop of Canterbury is on a collision course with Anglican leaders in Africa as he sets off on a five-day trip to the continent while denouncing new laws persecuting gay people. The Most Rev Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, issued a rare joint letter to the heads of Anglican […]

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