James & Claire Gibson
with Ruby; Jessica; Florence; 3 dogs; a cat and a rabbit called Twitch!
James, Claire and their daughters Ruby, Jessica and Florence have been serving with AIM in Kampala, Uganda, since 2012.
Acacia International School is a Christian International School in Kampala. Claire has been the Senior School’s Principal since August 2014. She endeavours to create a school environment where God is honoured and students learn more about the gospel every day; staff feel valued and supported to do their job well; and students can learn and achieve excellence in their studies. The school provides a Christian learning environment for children of many nations, including a number of missionary families living and working in Uganda.
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.
James works as an Honorary Lecturer at Makarere University in Kampala, the only veterinary school in Uganda. He teaches surgery to the students and aims to provide opportunities for them to practice their skills by arranging surgeries at the vet school, and taking students on surgery trips to different areas of Uganda. These trips are an opportunity to get to know students better, for them to get hands on surgical experience, and to be able to discuss aspects of faith. James aims to disciple and mentor students to become young professionals with integrity who love God. In the past year, James has been volunteering at the Uganda Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (USPCA) to help train and mentor a new young vet there and set up a veterinary clinic. The clinic serves as a satellite training facility for the vet students where they can learn ideal surgical and anaesthetic practice. James also partners with other NGOs with various livestock development projects across Uganda, including community rabies vaccination programs, rabbit and pig projects.
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The Gibsons work in Kampala, Uganda. James teaches and disciples veterinary students at Makarere University. Claire is the Senior School Principal of Acacia International School, a Christian school serving local and missionary families.
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Latest prayer points
- 29 September 2017
Claire writes “We have a full complement of staff now, with a few new staff members, who I have been orientating and some staff who are furthering their teaching qualifications, who I am mentoring. Along with all this, I am continuing with my headship studies by distance learning. The course is challenging but I am really enjoying it and am thankful for the opportunity. I am praising God for all of this and for the privilege of being here and being called to this ministry. It is indeed hard work but I am grateful to be part of it…Pray for peace and stability at the University where James works as students have been protesting (not always peacefully) about proposed changes in Uganda’s constitution.”
- 26 May 2017
James and Claire Gibson (Ruby, Jessica & Florence) serve in Kampala, Uganda, James is teaching and discipling veterinary students at Makarere University and works with other partners in sustainable livestock development. Claire is the Senior School Principal of Acacia International School, a Christian school serving local and missionary families. Claire writes: “As the school year hurtles towards it’s close, I am, like many teachers, feeling the strain of what must be finished in the time that’s left. In addition to school work and my studies (I am currently studying for my NPQH -National Professional Qualification in Headship), I have had a bad bout of intestinal infections which have left me below par and still not quite right.” Please pray for Claire’s health and for the family as she travels back to the UK earlier to facilitate some of her studies. Pray for the Final year students (that James works with) as they finish their degrees and for the IGCSE students sitting their exams at Acacia School.
- 24 March 2017
Claire writes: “Acacia School is going through the process of becoming accredited as an internationally recognised Christian School. As part of that I have undertaken a course of study called the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). This is UK-based training, but much of the material is online. So far, I am mainly enjoying the challenge of further study, although I have to confess that I sometimes feel like a reluctant learner with all the coursework deadlines!” Give thanks for a good start to Claire’s studies and the encouragement that learning more brings, and please pray for her as she implements what she learns.