My name is Rebecca Hunter. I am Ugandan but currently residing in Colton, Oregon and going to school to pursue my calling in medicine. When I was about 6 years old, I had a magical imagination with medicine and doctors. Because I lost my parents at such a young age to HIV/AIDs, I always had a sense that "if I was old enough to go to school and find a cure or something" maybe they would still be alive. Also, in my village, the HIV disease was so rampant that many people I saw growing up were passing and leaving so many young kids behind. I developed a fear of death in general. But, for some reason, as a six-year-old, I thought to myself "If doctors treat people and get well, maybe doctors don't die". From then on, I told my Auntie that I would do whatever it takes to become the best doctor Uganda has ever had. Of course, I grew up. And, I realized doctors die and the struggles of life also happen. So, my dream was crushed, and it was buried deep down where no light could reach it. Until, one day, the light that only can shine through the deepest of darkness came and flushed right into me. When Jesus walked into my world, I was a messy kind of broken: tipped-over-nasty-glass-with-mold-growing-from-the-inside-out so that I could not dare look Him in His beautiful tender eyes. I simply said, "Lord, make me what you want" and I will do what Deuteronomy 6:5 says for the rest of the life You give to me. Now, that was a piece of cake for Him. He wrecked me and turned my world up side down in the most beautiful of ways for His glory only.
I hope to one day go back to Uganda and become a medical missionary in the impoverished villages of the country that I so deeply love.
While going to school in the States, God has created and put up a team of generous people to see me through this journey with my education. I call them, the "Dream Team" because they faithfully have decided to partner with God to see that my dreams become a reality.
Although, my heart towards God's calling on my life hasn't changed over the past 3 years, God has graciously added to me other visions. One that includes starting a public library to help all people in Uganda. From students, to stay-home moms and dads, to church leaders, teachers and even medical professionals. Last month, I started collecting books and I plan on getting them to Uganda so people can start using them.
God is opening a door for me this coming summer to go serve the people of my country with a medical mission team from Idaho. The team leaders happen to be my very first host family. I was greatly blessed by their generosity. So, I am honored to serve alongside them. In addition to working with a medical team, I will be taking books to a primary school that just started in one of the poorest villages in Uganda. They currently have no books for teachers to teach from.
I am super excited. And, I am praying and hoping that you join me by supporting me through your prayers and through donations of any amount.
God bless you immensely!!