Dr. Kathleen Walk is the founder and executive director of Hope International Services, a nonprofit organization that promotes Christian missionary endeavors, with an emphasis on planting churches through healing crusades, and training Christians and their leaders using international radio and short-term ministry. H.I.S.’ goal is to provide health and human services to all underserved people in the world.
Dr. Walk was inspired to get involved in this type when she was sitting in church with her mother and heard a missionary doctor speak of how she was able to remove a tumor from someone when no other doctor would. At 7 years old, Dr. Walk knew what he career path would be. Beginning her career in 1968, Dr. Walk earned an MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After working for two years in Omaha, Nebraska, as a physician, she spent the next 10 years practicing as a medical doctor and missionary overseas.
Dr. Walk has long been committed to healing and teaching the word of God. She hosts a weekly radio show that is heard in 180 countries, and has served as a physician in developing countries, including Nigeria and Bangladesh. Dr. Walk did volunteer relief work in Nigeria during the Nigerian-Biafran war, from 1969 to 1970, and was the director of a new hospital that opened in Nigeria in 1999.
In 2004, Dr. Walk built an orphanage in Malawi. The orphanage now cares for hundreds of children whose parents have perished, either from AIDS, starvation or war. H.I.S. provides these children with food, water, shelter, clothes, blankets, supervision, education, and most of all, hope. Dr. Walk has also established new churches in Africa and Russia, developed a rural health program in Bangladesh, and built hospitals for the elderly in Bangladesh and Nigeria. Additionally, Dr. Walk has traveled to Pakistan twice and established a primary school for disenfranchised children there in 2011. She will soon be returning to Pakistan to teach men and women how to work together.
Dr. Walk has published her poetry with Cambridge of England, and is currently working on her third book, an autobiography titled “Beyond Abundance.” Her writing is published under her pen name, Kathy A. Bliese.
For more information about Hope International Services, visit http://www.hopeinternationalservices.org.