Shepherd's Heart International Ministry

Advancing God’s Kingdom through the transformation of communities around the world by promoting spiritual, social, and economic development through networking with communities and empowering indigenous leaders to minister effectively among their own people.

Branches of Ministries

SHIM’s Beginnings

Shepherd’s Heart International Ministry (SHIM) is a multi-national ministry started by Ugandan Pastors and Christian Leaders and Karina Smith, and is located on Lingira Island in the Buvuma Island chain of Lake Victoria, Uganda. The nearest mainland city is Jinja, 15 miles away by boat. Jinja is the location of the long-sought source of the Nile River, and is quite near the equator. The temperature, however, is surprisingly mild due to the elevation (about 3,000 feet) and the proximity to the largest fresh-water lake in Africa. ....More Info.

Our Location

The Buvuma Island chain consists of about 52 islands, ranging in size from very small- less than one mile around, to quite large- the main island of Buvuma is approximately 19 miles long, and quite wide. Population for the islands is unknown, but estimates are in the seventy thousand range. Lingira Island is just about 5 miles in circumference, and boasts a population of perhaps two thousand people amongst its 3 villages of Lingira, Kyoya, and Katonga....More Info.

The SHIM Team

SHIM has a multi-national leadership team, consisting of Andrew and Karina Smith (President) from the United States, Pastor Wafula Robert (Vice President), Pastor Mumbya Samson (Director of Evangelism and Discipleship), Papa Okoro and Mama Olive (Family Ministry), Julius (Agricultural Development), Geoffrey (Water Purification Engineer). Our desire is to come along side indigenous pastors and leaders and assist them to meet the needs of their people in effective, God-honoring ways. ....More Info.