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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Ruth is a physiotherapist on a team in Uganda seeking to evangelise and disciple the Karimojong.
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Latest prayer points
- 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.”
- 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.”