Zambia Missionary News
News from Our Mission Partners Ida and Keith Waddell
The United Church of Zambia
United Church House Mosi oa Tunya Road Box 50122 Lusaka Zambia
05 July 2019
Dear Family and Friends
2 Cor 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight.
It has been quite an eventful quarter with periods of great personal joy and sorrow. The main family events have been Catriona and William’s Wedding in May and the Funeral for Keith’s Mum in early July.
As regards Church activities after Easter the half-yearly Synod Executive took place with our Departmental Reports being presented. Ida was excused as the Mwandi American Board Meeting and the Surgical Trip coincided and she needed there. 87 procedures were undertaken including 49 major, 4 intermediate and 34 minor ones, the most common being thyroids and hernias.
There was the usual Ordination Service at St Peter’s Church in Kabwe on the Sunday of the Synod Executive Meeting with 15 Ministers being ordained and sent to UCZ congregations as Licentiate Probationers.
In mid-April the Deputy Headteachers’ Annual Conference took place with an outside speaker from the Ministry of General Education who gave a presentation on Supervisory Management with particular reference to the roles and duties of Heads and Deputies to enhance both leadership and management in UCZ Schools. There was also the opportunity to discuss and for the Deputies to give feed-back and share on their experiences in this area.
After a surprise directive for Mission Schools to reduce their fees in line with State Schools there were hastily convened meetings of the National Education Secretaries’ Forum and later UCZ Headteachers to coordinate our response as Churches to the Government. Mission Schools have the statutory power to set their own fees in consultation with the parents and with the approval of the School Board. The fees we charge are reasonable and set according to the socio-economic profile of the catchment. It was felt Mission Schools could not make the drastic cuts requested without compromising their reputation for quality and standards. We have gained a term’s breathing space but the matter will need to be addressed again during the July-August Holiday.
In May the Synod World Partenrship Committee to deal with an increasing number of applications from clergy and laymembers of the UCZ who feel called to serve overseas. A number of Mission Partners have returned from service or have returned to Zambia on furlough and have the opportunity to visit linked Presbyteries and share something of their life and work at their stations. The UCZ is now more of a sending than receiving Church with Mission Partners serving faithfully in Jamaica, Canada, South Africa, England and Wales.
Prior to the wedding we had our annual visit from Lynne and Bob from Kincardine Church who again accompanied Ida to most of the Board Meetings in the Southern Circuit and did a good work again with her Skin Clinics. Bob looked at how to improve fire safety signage and measures at Clinics and Hospitals. He worked on policies and drills and did the same at the new Synod Headquarters at United Church House. Lynne also held her clinics for the first time in the UCZ’s new Church Clinics in the Lusaka Compounds (Slums). Keith’s brother, Gordon, also came prior to the wedding and helped us and Bob mostly with IT at home and at Mwandi.
In early June we received reports that Keith’s mother’s condition was rapidly deteriorating after her suffering another severe stroke. We were fortunately granted Compassionate Leave by the UCZ and Church of Scotland and flew back to Scotland so we were able to be with Dad and the rest of the family when she passed away on 26 June. Her funeral was a moving family affair, at the Bruce Memorial Church taken by our son, Gregor, her grandson, and also a time of celebration and thanksgiving for her life and work. The Church Service was well-attended by family, friends and neighbours and was followed by the Committal and Stirling Crematorium.
after we arrived in Scotland, Ida flew to Dortmund to take part in the German Evangelical
Churches Kirchentag - a four day Church Festival with a wide-ranging and
interesting programme. It was a good opportunity to network and Ida met up with
Deaconess Judith Lungu from Mwandi Mission OVC. They were hosted by Annette
Hoffstiepel from Bochum. They attended the opening service. Other highlights
were when Ida was interviewed by the WCC when she attended the Thursdays in
Black. The Gossner Mission also held a panel discussion on overcoming conflict
As we finish this letter we thank you and value your love and prayers from so many of you in different places that have sustained us during these difficult times. Your care and concern have related directly to our work in Zambia, the forthcoming work in our supporting Presbyteries in Scotland and our own personal spiritual needs and concerns. Please continue in this so that God’s grace precedes and follows us in the work ahead as we begin our furlough in August and return to Zambia at the end of October. Ida will also fly back to Zambia shortly to bring Mubita back to be with us here in Scotland for the next three months. Florence, Bridget and Ketty have been caring for him and Ellie in our absence.
Keith & Ida Waddell
- Lochaber Road
- PH50 4QW