Standing in at short notice, President Alastair Morrice and his wife Mary treated Kirriemuir Probus to an excellent presentation on the seven years from 2001 which they spent in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan is a poor country, the native population being mostly agrarian and nomadic, with very high unemployment. Alastair and Mary showed with photographs the beauty of this mountainous, landlocked country. They explained its background, and their need to adapt to a different way of life.
Their primary task was the establishment of an International Church, the first services held in their own flat and later moved to the city’s Bible College. Congregations became truly multi-national, with up to 32 countries represented. They were also involved in fund-raising and giving practical help to local institutions including the local old folks’ home, young offenders’ and women’s prisons and with the homeless.
Malcolm McBeath gave the vote of thanks. The next meeting will be on January 21, when Ros Scott will speak on ‘Educational Psychology’.