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Written by Peter Johnston   
Saturday, 08 November 2008 19:29

Moderator visits David Livingstone Centre

Today the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev David Lunan and his wife Maggie, visited Blantyre to take a tour of the David Livingstone Centre - a museum built to commemorate Blantyre's most famous son, the medic, explorer and missionary Dr David Livingstone.

Pictured above from left to right: Richard Wilson, Rev Fiona Wilson (soon to be ordained and inducted to Livingstone Memorial Parish Church), David Watt (Moderator of Hamilton Presbytery), Rt Rev David Lunan, Nora Izett (Livingstone Memorial Parish Church), Maggie Lunan, Rev Norman McKee (Depute Clerk of Presbytery), David Barrie (trustee of David Livingstone Centre), myself and Ian Proudfoot (Blantyre Old Parish Church). (There's more...)

David Barrie, as one of the trustees (or governors - can't quite remember which it was!) of the Centre gave an excellent guided tour full of enthusiasm for David Livingstone and his work. I confess that it was one of the first times I have been able to have a good look around rather than popping in and out for some other reason. It was good to learn more.

It was a particular delight to meet Fiona and Richard Wilson who have just moved into the manse at Livingstone Memorial Parish Church. I pray they settle quickly into their new home and are warmly received in our community. I was very impressed with the gusto with which Fiona took on the yoke of service (see pics below!) - David told us that the women at the time when David Livingstone was born trekked off to the well at 5:30 a.m. with the yokes laden with a bucket on either side to fetch the water for the household that day.

David Lunan told us of a quote he had seen from one of Livingstone's diaries that said something along the lines of "I have never felt that anything I have done has been a sacrifice." Considering all he gave to serve the people in Africa it is quite a humbling sentiment.

Here are some more pics:


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