Ruth is serving among the Karimojong. Through work within healthcare and the local church, she seeks to make Jesus known among this people group.
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.
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.
Ruth works with Paul and Helen Shepherd, another missionary couple and their children sent by AIM to work among the Karimojong. She spends time building relationships, learning language and culture, and practising Physiotherapy, whilst also working with the local church to share the gospel in Karamoja.
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Partner with Ruth Mahood
Ruth is a physiotherapist on a team in Uganda seeking to evangelise and disciple the Karimojong.
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Latest prayer points
- 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.”
- 24 August 2018
Ruth, who has been in the UK on medical leave and has just returned to Uganda for a short visit, writes, “When I left Kotido last September the goal was to go back when I was medically cleared to do so. As time continued, and following discussions with AIM, a decision has been made that I will not return to ministry in Kotido. This was not an easy decision but it has been made for a number of reasons…It is not always easy to finish one phase in life without knowing what’s coming next. It leaves you in a transition phase, in limbo, with many unknowns and it’s not always a comfortable place. When the unknowns tempt me to fear it’s important for me to lift my eyes from them and to focus on what I do know. And this I do know: God is faithful from generation to generation. There are so many wonderful examples of His faithfulness in the Bible. Pick one up and read them for yourself. He keeps all His promises. He is with me. He protects me and I have no need to fear the unknown. I will visit Uganda in the coming weeks to go to Kotido and close out my time there, pack up my home and say goodbyes. I will then spend time with AIM discerning where God would have me serve…Please pray for my time in Uganda that I would close up well in Kotido and be an encouragement to those I speak with; also for wisdom for myself and AIM as together we seek God for the next steps.”
- 18 May 2018
“It was a joy to be able to speak at the AIM Scottish conference and update folk in Dundee, Shetland, Inverness, Aberdeen and London on what God has been doing in my life over the past year. It was lovely to spend time chatting with so many who have held me in prayer so faithfully. I cannot thank everyone enough. A friend told me how he prayed for me every morning at 6:50am. What a privilege it is to pray for others and what a privilege to know that others are praying for me so faithfully. I loved using some of what I’ve learnt over the past two years at Europe Based Orientation. Five new appointees to AIM attended and will, God willing, head to Africa over the coming year. There was great joy in being able to come along side these folks and be of some support to them. There were a few moments where I felt the loss of not being in Africa myself, but those moments were far outweighed by the joy it was to use the experiences given to me by God in the preparation of others. It was lovely to have a renewed sense of the AIM family while there and I will treasure the memories of this week and the new friends I made.”