to 2003 News Archive
Gordon is a Man on a Mission. . .
STRANRAER minister is to embark on a mission to help under
privileged youngsters - in Peru.
with 12 other Church of Scotland ministers, Rev Gordon
Kennedy will fly
out to the Andes in January for a two-week
mission starting in the capital, Lima, and then moving
on to the Amazon River.
the Portpatrick and Stranraer St Ninian's minister
plans to learn first hand about the medical problems
afflicting the poverty-stricken population.
role is to raise the profile of the work being done in
by The Vine Trust, who have worked to
establish better medical provision in the country.
Relishing his first trip abroad on Christian duty the
Reverend said he hoped to add some local expertise
to the work of
the organisation. He
church in Scotland is aware of the poverty and need among
adults in the developing world
and this is an opportunity to experience it first
hand and to actually put names on faces.
actually queue up at river banks to see doctors who
the Amazon River on a medical ferry - it's
as basic as that.
want to experience this and encourage others to help. We
have people in this district
who have expertise,
be it medical or practical, and we need these people to be involved."
invite to ministers originally came from the Peruvian Scripture Union
in an appeal for support
and financially. Rev Kennedy plans to raise
money by climbing
the South of Scotland¹s largest hill,
The Merrick standing at 844m, later this
month to donate to the
40-year-old, who is minister of Portpatrick Parish Church
and St Ninian¹s
Church in Stranraer, said:
have known about the work in Lima for
a long time and have raised
money for people out there already.
will be my first trip abroad on Christian work and will
hopefully establish real bonds across
it will not be a one-off. I am already thinking about what
I can do next year to raise funds for
and to encourage people to go across."
Kennedy will meet the street children of
Lima when he touches down in Peru
on 20th January.
These kids, he says, are abandoned
by their families when they reach
and left on the
they suffer from disease, hunger
will then spend a week on the ferry, Amazon Hope, which
up and down
the world¹s second
longest river providing aid to
those in need.
ferry was donated by the Royal Navy four years
medical boat soon. They also
plan to build a health and
education centre in Iquitos
a year and
a children's home in the
wishing to make a donation towards Rev Kennedy's
charity hill climb, which
he has organised for Friday, 28th November, can do so at
the Free Press office.