Church of Uganda hospitals and health clinics, together with our Roman Catholic counterparts, provide more than half the medical care offered in Uganda.
Currently, the Church of Uganda operates 256 health clinics and six hospitals throughout the country
Alison is the Founder of GMM and its Director of Mission.In November 2003 she was called by the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Uganda to serve as his Assistant for International Relations, a ministry she began in July 2004.Prior to that, she served as Associate Rector and then Co-Rector of Christ Church, Overland Park, Kansas, from 1997 - 2004.
Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, she received her Bachelor of Music Degree summa cum laude from Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, in 1981, and her Master of Divinity degree in 1986 from Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania.In 1999 she was awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC.Between college and seminary, she was the Director of Instrumental Music at St. Stephen's School for Boys in Alexandria, VA. Prior to coming to Christ Church, she spent five years in parish ministry in Western Pennsylvania, four years as a part-time adjunct faculty member of Trinity School for Ministry, and six years planting a new church in Northern Virginia.
In addition to general parish ministry responsibilities at Christ Church, she was also responsible for local and international missions ministries.
She pioneered Christ Church's partnership with the Sudanese refugee community in Kansas City, established the Kansas City Sudan Support Network to raise awareness of the plight of southern Sudanese and to support them locally.She also helped Christ Church establish a partnership relationship with the Nebbi Diocese in Uganda and the Diocese of Honduras.
In these partnerships, Christ Church sent five to six teams a year and received teams of Ugandans and Hondurans in Overland Park each year.
Christ Church also worked in partnership with a cluster of churches in Western Haiti.
In February 2003 she was made a canon of Nebbi Diocese in Uganda.
Alison serves as an Advisor to the Board of Directors of SOMA (Sharing of Ministries Abroad), a short-term sending agency that is called to equip the Church for ministry through renewal in the Holy Spirit for the purpose of transforming individuals, churches, and communities.She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Trinity School for Ministry, and has helped carry the vision of Trinity as a Great Commission Seminary.
We returned to the guest house in time to have dinner with Alison Barfoot.
Alison is the assistant to the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda (Anglican).
The guest house we are staying at is run by the Church of Uganda and all the staff here knew Alison.
She has just returned from three months in the United States so a number of people stopped to welcome her back.
We explained to Alison our involvement with the God is Good School and the ways in which we are hoping to support Wilson's vision.
Alison was very affirming of our approach to building relationships and supporting the vision of the local community rather than bring our own agenda to the table.
We have received that type of feedback from everyone that we have met this week who have worked in Uganda for years and years.
It felt good to know that people who are on the ground and doing this type of work fulltime are supporting our approach.
Next week Alison is meeting with representatives of the Global Orphan Project whose goal is to help builded sustainable communities for orphans that include education, healthcare, and emotional/spiritual support.
This may be another organization that could support Wilson's vision for orphans in his community.
Alison will be a wonderful contact as the Church of Uganda runs (among other things) primary and secondary schools, a university, and a hospital here in Kampala.
Alison is also in charge of a project that aims to develop a ministry training center in northern Kenya.
They have purchased land but are lacking someone to oversee the construction.
We will begin to explore ways in which GAP may be able to assist with this project.
We had a great time talking with Alison for almost three-and-a-half hours!
Welcome to Christ Church - Restore - International Outreach
Dr. Alison BarfootAlison Barfoot acts as the Asst. to the Archbishop for Int'l Relations in Church of Uganda.Alison is the former co-rector of Christ Church.
She assists Archbishop Henry Orombi in all international communication and ministry partnerships.
In addition to her work with Church of Uganda, Alison has her own ministry called Global Mobilization Ministries.
In addition to Alison and Katie, we have many Ugandan friends.
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