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 studied at All Nations Christian College for two years before applying for long term service with AIM. She began serving in the Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria in 2004.
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.
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.
On the Ssese Islands Kathleen was primarily involved in caring for adults and children suffering with HIV/Aids, as well as many other tropical and communicable diseases. This work involved helping people to access good medical care on the mainland. She was also involved in health education and in training pastors and other community members in Community Health Evangelism.
Since October 2019 Kathleen has served as the Health Coordinator for AIM’s Central Region. This involves caring for, and helping, AIM’s missionaries to access the best healthcare possible when they need it, as well as giving some simple health education for those working in remote areas.
Besides this, she is also engaged in discipleship, and in training and mobilising Africans to mission. As part of this she participates in the Nurses’ Christian Fellowship in Kampala, and she is hoping to become more involved in mentoring and discipling nurses who are part of the Fellowship.
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Kathleen works as the Medical Health Coordinator for AIM’s Central Region.
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Latest prayer points
- 18 October 2019
Kathleen has just returned to Uganda after her Home Assignment in the UK. “As I return to Uganda I am very much looking forward to taking up my new role as Central Region’s Health Coordinator and to becoming more involved in Mobilising the African Church to Cross Cultural Missions. Please pray for opportunities as I reconnect with my church, with the Nurses Christian Fellowship and with many others who I have come to know over the years. Please pray that I will know God’s guidance and discernment in everything that I do, that I will know what to get involved with and what to let go. Please continue to pray for protection, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I plan to travel a bit more so please pray for safe travel for Fred (my driver) and I, the roads are as crazy as ever!”
- 15 March 2019
“I asked you to pray that I would be able to do the Return to Nursing Practice course in Edinburgh. Unfortunately the one in Edinburgh was not covering paediatric nursing so I had to go to Glasgow. Thankfully, my practical placement is back at the Sick Kids in Edinburgh so I only have to travel to Glasgow for university days. It is so good to be back at the Sick Kids. I am now a few weeks into the course and I am loving being back on the wards and it is so good to be part of a team again. To say it is a “Shock to the System” is an understatement. I had forgotten what it was like to do a 12.5 hour shift. I leave home at 6.30am for my shift which begins at 7.30am and I reach home again at 9pm. I am definitely feeling my age! I have to do three long days each week as well as occasional days at university and then I also have to work on my assignments. I hope to finish the course in the middle of May… Please continue to pray as I finish this course, pray for strength and energy for each day, for good health and for a good understanding of all that I am learning.”
- 9 November 2018
Kathleen serves in Uganda as AIM Central Region’s Medical Health Coordinator. “One of the first priorities in my new role as Medical Health Coordinator was to meet with our missionaries and develop and strengthen relationships with them, in particular with those who are working in healthcare. So in August I travelled to Moroto, which is in northeast Uganda, to visit with our team who are working with the Karimojong… There is a Ugandan lady who works with the team in Moroto. She herself was a prisoner a few years ago when she accepted Christ. God has now given her a heart to minister to these ladies in [the women’s] prison. It really was powerful to hear her testifying and sharing with these ladies about God’s forgiveness and freedom… Pray for those dear ladies in prison, that God would break in and ‘set them free’.”