Inland Mission

Kathleen Burns

Sent from Abbeyhill Baptist Church, Edinburgh

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.

Could you partner with Kathleen in this work?

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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