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Brian and Angie Savage in Tanzania

Since 1997, Brian and Angie Savage, have been serving as missionaries in various places in Tanzania. Angie and Brian have had a long association with St John's United Reformed Church, Cowper Street, Ipswich.  They became members in 1986 at a time when Brian was an eye surgeon at Ipswich Hospital.  On their return visits to the UK they often take part in, or lead Sunday morning service.  

Brian felt led to offer his services as a surgeon for work overseas and with the support of his wife Angie they have together worked in various locations in Africa.  

They have two adult children in England.  St John's regularly supports their missionary work and is currently sponsoring a nursing student.

Having spent 6 years working at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), Moshi (1997-2003), working for CBM International, they moved in 2004 to Haydom Hospital and worked with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania, giving service in this harsh and beautiful rural area (2004-2009)

Choir performing under a Rainbow

and worshipping with student nurses.

"Worshipping with our colleagues and students is a lively, moving and vital spiritual experience, which we want to share with as many people as possible."

Angie marking Examination Papers


    Brian is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Surgeon) and together with local staff he has expanded eye care services to give access to far more people. He is particularly experienced in operating to restore the eyesight of those blinded by Cataract, the cause of over half of blindness in rural Africa.

    "It is a joy to see people, who were being led around blind, able to walk on their own the day after surgery, and to see their smile as they look you straight in the eye."

 In 2009 Angie moved full-time and Brian part-time back to KCMC.  Angie became lecturer on the B.Sc nursing programme at the Tumaini University, while Brian spent time co-ordinating eye care between Haydom and the university programme at KCMC, in order to promote practical teaching of eye doctors and to deliver eye surgical care across a large area of northern Tanzania.

In October 2011, Angie and Brian started a new venture together, moving to Dodoma, the centrally situated capital of Tanzania. Angie, who holds a Ph.D in Nursing education, has taken a senior lectureship at the St John’s University there, and is enjoying the challenge of teaching large groups of nurses who are upgrading their basic qualifications to strengthen the quality of nursing in this country.

Brian, meanwhile, is concentrating a lot of his energies into the practical training of eye surgeons so that there may be sufficient surgeons to treat cataract blindness effectively and as widely as possible. He is working at nearby Mvumi Hospital, which has a long and distinguished record in Tanzanian eye care.

 February 10 2018

Hi All

Click here for Angie and Brian’s report in PDF format which contains many pictures and reports how your donations were spent.

A Letter from Jeremia

Hello Friends at St John’s.

Glory to God. I'm very grateful for the new year. I and my family are generally very fine and happy continuing with our daily activities, I love to send to you the greetings from my mother and my young sisters and brothers.

Back to medical school, I am grateful for the new third year which is my historical year because I now see the patients and all which was theory I can easily appreciate it. In the last two weeks I had exams which involved OSCE (practicals done in the clinical skills lab) and written exams of management block. I thank God it was a very nice experience and I'm quite sure they will all bring out the best.

The third year has been so good, next week from Monday we will start rotations in internal medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, Paediatrics and surgery, two weeks each. My greetings to the church, just tell them I love them all and may God the Father enrich them even more, thank you very much for your huge support, expecting more support from you as I'm working hard toward achieving the dream I wanted the most.

This year at Haggai  Interdenominational English service I have been selected as chairperson of Sunday school children’s ministry for I have been a teacher for almost two years now, I'm therefore thankful to God for the opportunity I got to serve him through children.

I would be glad to hear your news.

Thank you

Your beloved son in Christ

Jeremia Pyuza