Ray’s Africa mission

CHARITY APPEAL: Ray Mackereth.
CHARITY APPEAL: Ray Mackereth.

A SALVATION Army minister has set off for drought-hit East Africa to take part in a feeding programme.

Major Ray Mackereth from Heckmondwike Salvation Army is in the northern desert region of Kenya with the church’s East Africa Famine Appeal for eight weeks.

He is managing the project with an Australian Salvation Army Officer, organising, sourcing and preparing food, and recruiting volunteers to feed 4,000 secondary school children.

Before he left, Ray, who for the last two years has run the church with his wife, Mavis, said: “When the call came through from our international headquarters I just simply had to say yes.

“The people of Africa have a special place in our hearts, having spent many years living and working amongst them. I realise that conditions will be rough and hard but the love of God compels me to go and do my part to make a difference in the lives of people who are so less fortunate than us.”

Donations for the East Africa Famine Appeal are being taken at the church in Barrack Street, Heckmondwike.