Ruth is currently in the UK on Study Leave, but before this she served among the Karimojong. Through work within healthcare and the local church, she worked to make Jesus known among this people group.
Karamoja is the poorest region in Uganda and the Karimojong carry the stigma of having the lowest status among Ugandans. They live traditional cattle-herding lives in small communities scattered across a harsh landscape.
Among this group of almost one million people, there are relatively few Christians, even in spite of the fact that churches can be found in some large towns. Sadly, most villages still remain untouched by the good news of Jesus Christ. Even in places where Christianity seems to have a place, the reality is that it is often nothing more than a veneer on the face of traditional African spirituality. This is due to the common belief that Christianity is incompatible with the Karimojong way of life. There is widespread alcohol brewing and consumption, family systems are often polygamous, and many people continue to worship ancestral gods. When someone becomes a real follower of Jesus they are often rejected by their families and evicted from the village.
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.
Ruth worked with Paul and Helen Shepherd, another missionary couple and their children sent by AIM to work among the Karimojong. She spendt time building relationships, learning language and culture, and practising Physiotherapy, whilst also working with the local church to share the gospel in Karamoja.
She returned to the UK in 2017 and is now on Study Leave.
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Ruth is currently in the UK on Study Leave.
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Latest prayer points
- 18 October 2019
Ruth Mahood is currently on Study Leave in the UK. “In July I had a great time at ABO helping Sonya as she coordinated the training of new AIM missionaries. It was a privilege to be able to serve in this role and have a small part in supporting over 20 new missionaries and their children in what was for many, their first weeks in Africa… All those who attended the training are now at their ministry locations or are completing language study prior to heading to places across Africa. A large number of those who attended ABO have gone to serve at Rift Valley Academy (RVA). RVA is a boarding school in Kenya and people have gone to serve there as teachers, dorm parents and in many other roles that are needed on a busy campus. Remember them as they all settle into their new roles. Others are now serving with AIM Air and will fly missionaries and supplies to remote locations. While others have gone to unreached people groups to live and through the building of relationships show the love of God in their new communities. Praise God for ABO and all the new missionaries who are starting out in service in Africa. Remember them as they transition and get to grips with language, culture and their roles. Please pray for [the current] ABO [15th October-5th November]: remember Sonya as she prepares and leads the next training in October. Pray for energy for myself and all the leaders and participants. Pray for health for everyone while there (tummy trouble often hits many).”
- 28 June 2019
Ruth is currently in the UK on Study Leave. “The last time I wrote I said I was praying that God would enable me to ‘dream big’ again. God has answered those prayers. As the months moved on I began to think what the future might hold and began to dream. I am thankful to God for the healing that has brought me to the point that I can dream again. I went down to Nottingham at the beginning of June and met with staff from the office. I then had meetings and talked through future options. In those discussions it was felt there was a directing towards Counselling. The next step towards this mean studying towards a Diploma in Counselling, this study would be with a view, when I have the necessary experience, to return to Africa to serve at Tumaini Counselling Centre.” Please pray for these plans and the Counselling course that Ruth will start in September. Ruth also asks that we pray for the work at Tumaini, the staff there as they support missionaries, and for more people to serve there. You can find more information about serving at Tumaini at eu.aimint.org/serve-tumaini.
- 9 November 2018
Ruth is in the UK on Medical Leave. “Last week I spent some time at AIM Europe’s headquarters in Nottingham… It was helpful during the meetings to reflect on the past 18 months and all that has happened in that time. We also talked through what the future might look like. From a health point of view I am not in a position to return to Africa at present. So as I wait for healing and refreshing, God has opened up opportunities to study and gain knowledge and skills that will be of benefit in the future. I have begun a course of theological study, a counselling skills course and a biblical counselling course. As I continue with these studies I will have a period of Study Leave with AIM. The future isn’t clear but as I take the next six-to-eight months to study and await medical clearance I am continuing to seek God and pray that he would allow me to dream big again as to what the future might hold… Please pray for wisdom in how I spend my time and as I get to grips with studying; and for God’s continued healing and direction, and that I would continue to have patience to walk at his pace.”