Video – Jenny McConnachie: Long-term missionary in South Africa

By Matthew Davies
Posted Feb 10, 2014

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal missionary Jenny McConnachie has devoted her life to the poorest of the poor. Jenny and her late husband Chris moved from North Carolina to South Africa’s Eastern Cape in the early 1980s. Together, the McConnachies set up African Medical Mission, strengthening the most vulnerable communities with commitment and compassion.

Chris transformed and managed a 200-capacity orthopedic hospital. For many years, he was the only certified orthopedic surgeon in the Transkei. Sadly, Chris died from leukemia in 2007. He leaves behind an incredible legacy. Jenny launched a medical clinic where it was needed most – in the impoverished shantytown of Itipini, a community quite literally built on a garbage dump. Unfortunately, Itipini is no more.


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  1. I am so deeply moved by all that I have just heard and seen. They, and now Ms. McConnachie manifest the love of Jesus Christ, suffering, crucified, and risen. Simply put, this is Matthew 25. Thanks be to God. stuart+

  2. Jenny, you are an amazing woman and a true inspiration. thank you so much for all you have done and continue to do. Jessie

  3. Rev & Mrs. Derek Nicholls says:

    Well done good and faithful servant. May you current ministry also be blessed by the Spirit of God. You are in my prayerful thoughts.
    Fr. Derek Nicholls
    Diocese of Qu’Appelle, Canada

  4. kate livia mcconnachie nee ralebona says:

    Proud of you mum at your age you’ve accomplished a lot. Your kids love you so much.

  5. Bancroft Potter says:

    Jenny- You are one the most incredible women in the world. The time I spent with you, Chris, & the rest of the McConnachie clan left an indelible mark on me. Your dedication to the most needy has served as a guiding light in my life. We love you and hope to see you soon.
    Bancroft

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