Marsali Campbell

Sent from Smithton Church, Inverness

Until April 2021 Marsali served with Dwelling Places, providing healthcare for children living on the streets in Kampala and Karamoja. She is now in the UK and between assignments.

Marsali was raised on the Isle of Lewis and then in Skye. She trained as a general nurse in Glasgow before working with children in a mission hospital in South India. She then studied Paediatrics in London and specialised in Oncology and HIV at Great Ormond Street Hospital before moving to the Paediatric Emergency Department in Glasgow Yorkhill Hospital. She then felt God calling her to full time mission, and after joining AIM in 2000 was sent to serve at Dwelling Places in Uganda in 2001.

Dwelling Places works to rescue street children, rehabilitate them in the organisation’s home, and then resettle them back into their families and communities. Marsali says: ‘The health work is a vital aspect of outreach to the children living on the streets. We develop relationships and trust, assist in emergencies, comfort and encourage where possible, teaching about health and life skills. Our social workers work with the children who come off the streets, are part of our rehabilitation programme, family tracing, home visits, and resettlement. For those who have no existing relatives, we pioneer in adoption and foster care, and for some of our older adolescents, they continue into independent living.’

While at Dwelling Places, Marsali developed the medical work within its holistic ministry. Medical work is an amazing tool in reaching out to the lost, and Marsali has a heart to see street-connected children come to know God as their Father as they experience his love through Dwelling Places’ medical ministry.

Marsali worked with them for 15 years and then completed a Masters in Global Health and Development in 2017. She returned Uganda to continue working with Dwelling Places, but this time with an emphasis on frontline healthcare for children living on the streets. Most children living on the streets of Kampala are originally from the Karamoja region of Uganda. Therefore she also works in Karamoja, seeking to prevent the migration and trafficking of children to the streets.

Evangelism and discipleship continue to be integral to life and work in Africa, whether it’s within the team, or with ex-street-connected children and youth.

Besides this, Marsali was involved in training and mentoring members of the Dwelling Places team and others involved in healthcare, counselling and child protection. She also continues to be a member of AIM’s Child Safety and Protection team, which ensures high standards of child care and safeguarding within our organisation.

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Latest Prayer News

Marsali Campbell is in the UK, between assignments, having finished serving with Dwelling Places in Kampala last year. She is a member of the Child Safety Protection Network (CSPN), an international network of Christian mission agencies, NGOs and schools that equips organisations in child safety. She joined their conference in March and praises God for the opportunity to share resources and ideas about child safety. Please pray that God would be glorified through CSPN’s work as they enable organisations to keep children safe in a variety of contexts. 

Marsali Campbell is in the UK, between assignments, having finished serving with Dwelling Places in Kampala last April. Please pray for Marsali, her sending church and AIM as we discern together where God is leading Marsali to next. Pray that God will be glorified in our discussions, and for Marsali to have a clear sense of God’s direction and guidance. 

Marsali Campbell is currently in the UK and between assignments, having finished serving with Dwelling Places in Kampala, Uganda last April. She is currently engaging in more meetings and sharing with her supporters and supporting churches about serving in Uganda. She is also seeking God for what her next steps should be. Please pray that Marsali will have a clear sense of where God is leading her to next and will trust in his direction (Proverbs 3:5-6). 

Marsali Campbell has been in the UK on Home Assignment since April, having finished serving with Dwelling Places in Kampala, Uganda. Please pray that this Home Assignment will be holistically restful and restorative for Marsali, and that she will grow in her trust in God as she seeks his will for future ministry. 

Pray for Marsali Campbell as she seeks to encourage the Missions Committee of a local church in Kampala by studying an AIM missions course called ‘Xplore’ with them. Pray that God would use it to grow that church in its heart to send cross-cultural missionaries.


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