Kathleen’s AIM story began in 1998 when she worked as a Paediatric Nurse in Kuluva Hospital in northern Uganda. After spending two years at the hospital, Kathleen applied for long term service with AIM and was sent to serve in the Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria in 2004.
80% of Uganda is engaged in agriculture. The healthy economy of the 1960s was crippled in 1972 by the expulsion of the Asian business community, and then virtually destroyed by tyranny and wars. It has steadily improved since 1992. Under previous government regimes there were restrictions on persecuted Christians, but there is now freedom of religion.
When Kathleen first started working on the Islands she was mainly involved in helping facilitate health care for those infected with HIV/Aids on the mainland. In Uganda the national prevalence rate is said to be around 7.4% whereas on the Islands the prevalence rate is reported to be around 30%. There are many problems on the Islands, and these problems are exacerbated by traditional beliefs that attribute illness to witchcraft, further breaking down trust within families and communities and covering up the true causes of disease.
Over the years Kathleen has been involved in community health education and in training community-based volunteers. More recently she has focused more on working closely with the pastors and leaders of the churches, encouraging them to become more active in reaching out and caring for those in their communities who are living with HIV/Aids.
After Kathleen’s illness in Spring 2014, she returned to Uganda in November 2015 and continues to be in remission.
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Partner with Kathleen Burns
Kathleen is part of a team working on the Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria, Uganda. The team is involved in community health work and evangelism.
If you would like to partner with Kathleen in your prayers, gifts and practical support, please download and complete this form and return to Freepost RTJH-JRZE-XXKX Africa Inland Mission, Halifax Place, Nottingham NG1 1QN.
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Latest prayer points
- 15 December 2017
“Over the past year or so, I have been wrestling with God as I have become more and more aware of Him nudging me and showing me through various ways that my time on the Islands was coming to an end. It has been an incredibly painful few months as I have taken time to work through this. However, just as I knew for those 12 years that I was meant to be on the Islands, I now know in my heart that the time has also come to say goodbye to the Islands…Please pray as I now begin the journey of finishing up on the Islands and transitioning into a new chapter. Please pray that I finish well. I plan to finish up by the end of January 2018. Pray for Alice and Francis who I have worked with on the Islands for many years. This will be hard news for them. Pray for the ladies who we have been discipling over this past year that God would continue the work that He has begun in them and that they will continue to grow in their faith and will also disciple others. Please pray for me as I say goodbye to many people that I have come to know and love over these past 12 years and as I pack up my little house on the Islands that God provided for me. It will be hard. Please pray for clear direction as I look at what is next.”
- 28 July 2017
“July is usually the month of strong winds, which means that the lake will be rough. For some reason April, May and June has also brought some high winds which has meant we have not been able to get out to the camps as often as we would have liked…We have managed to complete the [discipleship] lessons and will now begin to teach the women how to do Bible studies. Beginning in August we will also begin discipleship classes in another two camps. Please pray for a calm lake!”
- 24 March 2017
“It has been so good to finally begin the discipleship classes. We have started in two of the fishing camps, Kamesse and Namasengere. We have only managed to do two classes but it has been so encouraging. It has been exciting to see the ladies study the Bible and then take what they are learning into their homes and communities… Please pray for each of these ladies that God would bring about a deep transformation in their hearts and would give them the courage and boldness to then share the gospel message with others in their communities.”