James & Claire Gibson
with Ruby, Jessica and Florence
James, Claire and their daughters Ruby, Jessica and Florence have been serving with AIM in Kampala, Uganda, since 2012.
Acacia International School is a Christian International School in Kampala. Claire has been the Senior School’s Principal since August 2014. She endeavours to create a school environment where God is honoured and students learn more about the gospel every day; staff feel valued and supported to do their job well; and students can learn and achieve excellence in their studies. The school provides a Christian learning environment for children of many nations, including a number of missionary families living and working in Uganda.
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.
James works as an Honorary Lecturer at Makarere University in Kampala, the only veterinary school in Uganda. He teaches surgery to the students and aims to provide opportunities for them to practice their skills by arranging surgeries at the vet school, and taking students on surgery trips to different areas of Uganda. These trips are an opportunity to get to know students better, for them to get hands on surgical experience, and to be able to discuss aspects of faith. James aims to disciple and mentor students to become young professionals with integrity who love God. In the past year, James has been volunteering at the Uganda Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (USPCA) to help train and mentor a new young vet there and set up a veterinary clinic. The clinic serves as a satellite training facility for the vet students where they can learn ideal surgical and anaesthetic practice. James also partners with other NGOs with various livestock development projects across Uganda, including community rabies vaccination programs, rabbit and pig projects.
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James teaches and disciples veterinary students and Claire is Senior School Principal of Acacia International School in Kampala, Uganda.
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Latest prayer points
- 12 April 2019
“Claire and I were fortunate enough to attend the wedding of an ex-student of mine, Dr Michael Kiragga, which I wrote about previously. At Christmas time Michael opened his own practice and Emily and I have been helping him in this process, giving him ideas for layout, equipment, client communications, pricing and other tips. Michael is a devout Christian and I have seen him develop professionally and spiritually. In addition to providing a professional, caring service to his clients, he has a heart to use veterinary medicine to reach out to communities in Uganda with Christ’s love. A vet friend of Emily’s, Bruce and his wife Julie, came to Uganda recently they were able to help in continuing to mentor Michael. Bruce and I were able to perform some surgeries with Michael and his colleague John (another ex-student) and it was good for Michael to practise some new techniques. Pray for Michael and other Christian vets who want to mentor others and use their skills to help those in need.”
- 2 November 2018
James writes: “Recently, Claire and I were invited to the wedding of Michael, one of my ex-students… A few years ago when he was a student, Michael spoke to me and encouraged me, saying, ‘Please keep on teaching and helping us. You are making a difference here.’ Now, Michael himself accepts students for placements at the practice where he works and is instrumental in teaching the next generation of vets in Uganda… Michael and the other students I teach have changed my life. They have made me think outside of myself. God has used me to guide and mentor them in their professional and spiritual lives, but they have also taught me a lot.” Praise God for the positive influence that James has the opportunity for in his students’ lives, and pray that he will disciple and train them well to love and serve God through their profession.
- 20 April 2018
“Earlier this year, Acacia International School, where Claire works, was made aware of some land that had become available. The school has been looking for an opportunity to build another campus for some time. This land is not far from Kampala and is enough acreage for the school to expand. There is also access to the lake, so canoeing and sailing may become lesson options the future!…A couple of weeks ago, a small number of parents and teachers went to visit the land and had the chance to view and pray for this opportunity the school has. In the centre of the land are two Acacia trees, which do not normally grow in that area. Please pray that if it is the right decision for the school to go ahead with this land, God will make it clear and He will make a way.”