Helen Batterby: May 2015
On Saturday 9th May 40 people attended our Annual World Mission Supper at St Andrew's. We welcomed guests from Bridge Street and Overton Methodist Churches. We enjoyed a delicious two course hot supper prepared and served by our very efficient catering team. After tea and coffee we adjourned to the Church where we received an excellent talk and presentation by Deacon Shirley and Bob Mackintosh. They had very kindly agreed to tell us about their trip to Kenya in early 2014 with other Methodists from the Basingstoke and Reading Methodist Circuit.
It proved to be a very humbling experience for them seeing at first hand the slums and poverty there which are one of the largest in Africa. It made them feel rather uncomfortable that they were allocated such good accommodation and hospitality compared to the locals. Bob was particularly interested in their methods of farming which were very primitive and there were no guarantees of work on a regular basis. Shirley explained that Methodism is playing a very important part in training Kenyans to make better use of their land and be more efficient. Methodists also provide schools and education in the slums which enable their young people to get better jobs and improve their quality of life. However sadly the parents want them to stay and work in the industries they do have rather than them move away to a better life.
The profits raised from this event are to be divided between World Mission and Methodist Homes for the Aged. One of the members in their party had completed the London Marathon in an excellent time. Shirley asked that a donation be added to his total for MHA.
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