Rebecca entered international philanthropic work in the year 2000 after spending 7 years in the manufacturing and technology industries respectively. She lived in Guatemala, Central America for 14 years. During that time she initiated and managed an indigenous school network which grew to reach a minimum of 350 students on a daily basis. She holds a B.A. in Russian Area Studies and Economics from Knox College and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School. While a student at Wheaton College, Rebecca participated in organized research and is a published author on child spiritual formation. Her research interests include culture, trauma, justice, forgiveness, and resilience.
In the Fall of 2014 she met Bishop Given Gaula with the Tanzanian Anglican Church and visited his diocese in May 2015. While in Tanzania Rebecca was struck by the warmth of the people in the villages she visited as well as the commitment of Bishop Gaula's staff. She agreed to work with Bishop Gaula and his team create educational opportunities for the people throughout the Diocese of Kondoa. She has been researching, planning, envisioning, and organizing all the necessary pieces for a overseas stint that will last 10 years.
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