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Church of Scotland
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Church of Scotland: Scotland needs African missionaries

The message was made by the Moderator of the Church's General Assembly Dr Russell Barr during a visit to the small village on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya.

Speaking at a church in Kikuyu, which regularly attracts 900 number, he said: "You do need not missionaries anymore. We do.

"Your faith has found its African heart and soul and its African voice. You need to teach us again how to find our Scottish heart, and soul and voice because your Church is growing and, sadly, our church is not."

Dr Russell also visited a church serving in the Kibera neighbourhood of Nairobi, which is home to one of the biggest slums in the world.

He said: "Kibera parish must be one of the most challenging parishes anywhere in the world. Set in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya, it is home to over one million people, most of them enduring grinding poverty."

Dr Russell also visited the graveyard (pictured above) of Rev David Steel at Church of the Torch in Kikuyu. Rev Steel is father of former Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Lord Steel.

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