David and Heather Sharland - Uganda

Bombs, bullets, borders and babies summarises much of Heather’s story. Born in Northern Ireland, she grew up during “The Troubles”. As a teenager she asked Jesus to be her Lord and Saviour. She trained as a nurse in Belfast amid bombs and bullets and studied midwifery in Scotland.

God’s call into overseas mission was a long process, from hearing missionary speakers as a child to going with Tearfund to Southern Sudan in 1986. This was wartime; six months after arriving she was kidnapped and spent seven weeks wandering in the bush. During this time she felt God’s protection.

She later worked in healthcare in Swaziland, Thailand and in Kenya, near the Ugandan border, where she met David who was working with Church Mission Society. We married in Belfast in 1999.

Call

To use our skills in the service of God’s people, enabling them to live healthy and fulfilling lives and to know Jesus as their saviour and friend.

Role

David is using agriculture to serve struggling and marginalised farmers in the name of Creator God; Heather is community health coordinator

More about David and Heather Sharland

We have a calling from God to work with the rural poor, vulnerable and marginalised. This call has taken us to serve for more than 25 years in East Africa including until recently South Sudan. Over this time, we both have gained a wealth of experience of rural community development work and they share a deep love and commitment to the people of Africa.

Sustainable living is about relationships and we strive to maintain good friendships with the local church and the community in which we live.

We have a particular passion for:
Farmers caring for the land and practicing good agriculture
The improvement of women’s health, especially mothers
Trees in the farming system to regain the balance in the environment
A better hope of survival for babies
To see a deepening faith outworked in daily life, affecting home and family.

Although now based in Uganda, we still maintain a love for the people of South Sudan and make occasional ministry visits to encourage the people with whom we worked over many years.

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