But beyond that, Rebecca is a real mother and grandmother. While she has four biological children of her own and many grandchildren, through the years Rebecca has taken in and cared for other children who needed homes or a place to stay, despite the fact that her husband left her years ago. Her motherly heart expands to all the children around her, and she is loyal and willing to do whatever it takes to provide a safe home for the children in her care. As you read the interview below, you will hear some about her experience with Musu, a girl that Rebecca adopted after her family deserted her due to her disability. Even through the many challenges that raising Musu brought, Rebecca is committed to walking alongside her, and affirming her as a daughter of Christ.
Jordan: What is your role at Women of Hope, and how long have you been working with us?
Rebecca: I have been working here since 2010, and I am the guest house manager. That means that I am doing cleaning, laundry, and taking care of guests when they stay at the Shalom Retreat Centre.
J: You’ve been here since 2010, does that mean that you have been here from the very beginning?
R: Yes, I have worked here since the beginning, and I have known Kim (President and CEO of WOHInt) since 2000.
J: What are some of the things that you enjoy about the work you do?
R: (laughs) I enjoy it all! First thing, I enjoy taking care of the home and the guests. I like cleaning the compound and caring for the guest house.
J: Why do you think that working with women with disabilities is important?
R: It’s important because I am God-fearing. I have a passion to encourage them and teach them to be God-fearing as well. I enjoy working with them, and seeing them grow. They are learning and doing good things, and I like that. It is because of God’s sake. He gave us this work with women with disabilities, and I enjoy it.
J: Could share some of your experience with Musu? Tell me about her story, and how you got connected with her?
R: Yes, I can share my story of Musu. She came to stay live with me in 2010. To be honest, it was very difficult at first, but I took her as my daughter. She would often misbehave in the house, not come home at the right time, embarrass herself and get in fights with the neighbors. Often I had to go and intervene between her and others. Three different times I had to move for the sake of Musu. Sometimes the landlords didn’t like us, and they wanted us to move because they said that she was not a human being. So they would evict us, and we would have to find another house. She caused a lot of problems for me, but we have gotten used to each other and I taught her much about the Bible and the right way to treat others. She is a grown woman now, and she is doing better. She still experiences some health problems that are difficult to find money for sometimes.
J: How old was she when she came to live with you?
R: She was 15 when came to live in my house. So now she is 22 years old. She has severe scoliosis and is crippled in her legs. They have managed to do an operation for her back, so she is much improved, but still has a lot of trouble with her legs.
J: What are the circumstances of her family?
R: I don’t know much about her family. From what I know, her family abandoned her because of her disability. She formerly lived with her grandmother who died, which is why she needed someone to care for her. But I wanted to do that. Now she calls my mother grandma, and she calls me mother.
J: Is she still in school?
R: Yes, she is studying accounting!
J: Thank you for sharing that story with me. Before we finish, do you have any prayer requests or praises to share so that others can be praying for you?
R: Yes, I would like to pray because my lease is up in my current house, and the landlord wants us to leave. We are almost finished building my new home, so please pray that we can stay where we are until our house is finished. Also, I am thankful because I have received a promotion! I am a pastor, and I was recently promoted to being a missionary pastor! Please pray that God will help me to balance my work with Women of Hope, and my work as a pastor, and that I can do both of them to His glory.