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.
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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.
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Latest prayer points
- 27 July 2018
Kathleen now serves in Uganda as AIM Central Region’s Medical Outreach Coordinator. “Please pray for me in this new role as Medical Outreach Co-Ordinator, pray that I will develop this new role well, there is a lot to learn. Please pray for our missionaries and workers. Many of them live in areas where there is no access to good medical care and therefore when they get sick, need to travel either to Kampala or further afield. Please pray for God’s protection upon them and their families.”
- 6 April 2018
“I can now tell you what my new assignment will be. There will be two parts to it………… Part one: I am now the Health Liaison person for Central Region (CR). This role will involve assisting with health care issues in and around CR. A large number of our missionaries live and work outside of Kampala/Uganda so when medical emergencies arise, I will be involved via phone or in person, helping to triage urgent medical situations and making sure that our members receive the best care possible. I will also be involved with some health education and updating our members on relevant health issues. Part two: I will now be involved in mobilising nationals to get involved with missions. There will be a direct tie in with linking nationals with CR members in outreach areas and exposing them to missions. This will also involve working through some type of mission exposure materials with them and discipling them before they go. Please pray as I continue to process my last 12 years on the islands and as I now begin my new assignment. I will be travelling on the roads a lot more so please pray for protection. Pray as I spend some time in and around Kampala looking at and researching the various hospitals and clinics and finding the best medical doctors/specialists that are available. Please pray as I get involved with mobilising that God would help me and others identify those who have a heart for mission.”
- 15 December 2017
“Over the past year or so, I have been wrestling with God as I have become more and more aware of Him nudging me and showing me through various ways that my time on the Islands was coming to an end. It has been an incredibly painful few months as I have taken time to work through this. However, just as I knew for those 12 years that I was meant to be on the Islands, I now know in my heart that the time has also come to say goodbye to the Islands…Please pray as I now begin the journey of finishing up on the Islands and transitioning into a new chapter. Please pray that I finish well. I plan to finish up by the end of January 2018. Pray for Alice and Francis who I have worked with on the Islands for many years. This will be hard news for them. Pray for the ladies who we have been discipling over this past year that God would continue the work that He has begun in them and that they will continue to grow in their faith and will also disciple others. Please pray for me as I say goodbye to many people that I have come to know and love over these past 12 years and as I pack up my little house on the Islands that God provided for me. It will be hard. Please pray for clear direction as I look at what is next.”