Derek and Nerina Harborne

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Derek and Nerina work at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and the University Hospital in Uganda. Nerina is a lecturer and researcher in MUST’s Biochemistry department and Derek works in the hospital’s Accident & Emergency department, teaching students and helping to improve the work of the Department.

They were invited to go to Mbarara University and Hospital in 2012 as improvements in health and education there were needed. However, giving physical help and knowledge is not sufficient. They are part of an AIM team which centres on ‘transformational development’ – the change in behaviour that the gospel brings. They work with students, particularly helping with discipleship, Bible study, and teaching them how to be Christian professionals. They pray that through their ministry students will be better equipped to be Christian leaders and church planters.

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In February Derek Harborne returned to Uganda while Nerina stayed in the UK to wait for her Covid-19 vaccination. Derek is planning to return to the UK in July to join Nerina for a Home Assignment. Please pray that Derek will be able to travel to the UK in the summer, and for a good handover of his responsibilities at the hospital and discipleship ministry at church before he travels. 

Derek and Nerina Harborne have continued to serve at Mbarara University of Science and Technology during the Covid-19 pandemic, teaching and supporting the student ministry. Derek has also been part of the team who set up a high-dependency Covid-19 unit in the government hospital. They are temporarily in the UK at the moment, serving at the University remotely while waiting to return to Uganda. Please pray that they will be able to travel back to Uganda at the right time.

Derek shares: “…as I walked home from University I fell into conversation with one of the first-year Postgraduate students in Surgery and we had coffee together. He is of East African origin. He was surprised that I knew the Qur’anic name of the Lord Jesus, and I gently suggested that Jesus was more than just a prophet. Mbarara University, he told me, is a favoured destination for non-Ugandan East African students.” Please pray for more opportunities for Derek and others to witness to students at the university.

Derek writes: “I have just heard that, after over four years of slow progress, the three-year postgraduate medical training in Accident & Emergency Medicine has now been approved. We can now recruit doctors to start the three-year training programme very shortly. Praise God! This means that we will now be committed to staying at the University until at least mid-2020 so that I can finish training the pioneer students… Please pray for selection and recruitment of the pioneer students; that I show wisdom, make godly choices and am a good witness as my workload will increase; and pray that the postgraduate programme… will result in reduced numbers of young people dying needlessly from preventable and treatable accidents and illnesses.”

“The curriculum for the Emergency Medicine postgraduate course has at last passed the slow and tortuous process of University approval and is now with the National Council. It is still possible that the course could start quickly, next semester (end of January), as an American NGO has raised money for student sponsorships, and there are a number of Ugandan doctors interested in becoming Emergency Medicine trainees. Please pray that the course will start in God’s time, and for our patience as we wait for his plans to become clear.”


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