Paul and Pam Hunter are the real deal and their ministry is simply an extension of their lives. It’s authentic and impacting. It’s the kind of ministry that sneaks up on you and then before you know it, your life, your outlook, your attitude, your passions have all changed. All to say that the ministry of Paul and Pam Hunter translates into genuine transformation of people. I would entrust my own children to their care without reservation and that is about as strong of an endorsement as I could possibly give.
I met Paul Hunter when I was 19 years old in 2013. Even though I was raised by a wonderful Catholic woman and had kept my Catholic values, there’s a lot that I didn’t know about life, family, relationships and about Jesus’ love for me. You see, in Uganda, parents, guardians or teachers/mentors don’t usually have a one on one kind of relationship. Relationships are more on the surface and are usually full of control, which makes it hard to open your heart.
It might be different for some people, but in my growing up experience, I didn’t have anyone to look at for anything. So I learned to hide myself in whichever way possible. From family members I stayed with under one roof to friends at school and to people I met and worked with.
The very first thing I learned under Paul’s mentoring was to let the Father love me and Jesus heal me from all my brokenness. I trusted and believed all that God was offering me through Paul. Family was the hardest. Family dynamics were something else. I couldn’t grasp any of it. I had never stepped into the shoes of being a child. Through patience and love, Paul helped me learn what it means to live and enjoy family, as God designed it, in freedom. Same with relationships. But I also did a lot of watching him … how he lives and interacts with friendships he has made over the years.
I grew to admire his passion for people, family and relationships. He sees the best in people and encourages them to live it through their God given talents. I have chosen him every day, in this life, in a thousand stories, and in all people to be my teacher and my mentor!!
So sign up for ONE STEP because I am certain that God has you and He knows that you will safe with a man like Paul Hunter.
I met Paul in 2006 when I was a younger man with no clear picture of being a father and living with orphan spirit in me as a slave. But, through Paul’s Godly teachings of knowing who I am in Christ as a son of God, my life had a turning point. I started to value myself as God values me and to see things in God’s perspective. I became a real father and free from the orphan and slave spirit. There my heart fell in love with many children whom I chose to foster and love. We started with 10 then grew to 15 from this number now to 26.
Right now six for those children have graduated from high school. My wife and I benefited in Paul’s teachings of parenting the children. Paul is a retired pastor who has a gift of strengthening churches and Christian workers. He is has a gift of sharing the good news of Christ to the lost and many have given their lives to Christ.
Paul helps builds families to be strong with true love. He ministers with medical teams who come from America to touch the lives of needy people as well as hopeless ones. His main mission stands to touch or raise the next generation who will change the nations of the world.
Through Paul and Pam’s ministry my life has been empowered. Many friends have come to to know me and help me, in Christ, to transform many lives. I am proud to be part of these people.
It is my prayer that God will continue to use them to touch many lives around the world.
Through the influence of the Hunters I, as a pastor, and my church family have benefited by hosting short term missionaries who have helped us buy church property where our building is now.
I met Paul back in the 70’s as he was the youth director at the church I attended. I was a rebellious young high school student that had it all figured out. I did not get along well with church folks. Paul became a good friend. He was different. He was not old school. We connected. My rebellion did not go away but it was bent. It was swayed. It was challenged.
I graduated, joined the military, was married had a child, and was gone for a season. When I returned Paul had moved. I traveled to Chicago to check in with him. He had become bolder in his search for God’s purpose in his life. It was different than any I had witnessed but authentic. My perspective of God had changed but I was still rebellious.
20 plus years later when I was reaping the consequences of my stubborn ways I found myself all alone and searching. Paul had returned to my home town as my world was falling apart. Once again we connected and have been since.
I was able to visit the Hunters in Uganda with a team in 2009. This was the very best way for overseas mission trips to begin. NGM was great at taking care of us. Many teams have followed each experiencing an increase each time they go.
I have observed Paul and his journey. The “different” I have finally resolved is his ability to point. He will not teach the answer sheet, but each person involved with his journey will know the answers. Paul has a unique gift to guide those around him into a time of discovery. Each goes on with a closer knowledge of not only who they are, but how to continue with an ear to the LORD.
In my 20+ years of relationship with Paul & Pam I have known them as Pastors, teachers, mentors, and friends. Through their marriage, their relationship with their children, and their ministry they have proven to be a couple of authenticity, integrity, and humility. They've challenged my theology, broadened my worldview, and proven that dinner out with a couple of old people isn't as awkward as some may think. As an awkward teen, Paul and Pam embraced me and called me to a higher level of maturity. When I was a fumbling young adult they encouraged me to pursue ministries I was and am passionate about. Their love and dedication to the next generation now influences me as I parent my own children. An opportunity to serve alongside and to be mentored by Paul and Pam will not be wasted.
Paul, your influence, and Pamela's too, in Kari's life is significant, true & lasting. You have shepherded & spoken words of life over my wife's life, which I heartily receive. Further, you’ve embraced & embodied what it looks like for Jesus to use your days to transform your heart & life. That's the essence of Sacred Mundane, for it’s not simply a book to be (re)written & published, it’s a life to be lived & shared. You've taught us the Father oversees all opportunities & we get to join with Him in the journey of preparation.
First of all it's an honor to be asked to write something about my experience at Paul and Pam's home so many years ago. When the opportunity arose to be part of grace haven (the Hunters Home), I couldn't wait. This was a new venture at the time for Paul and Pam taking three troubled young boys into there home. The excitement I had of being on my own in a safe environment couldn't have come at a better time.
It doesn't seem like a big deal to most who have a healthy home life, but to the three guys that the Hunters asked to be part of this adventure, that wasn't the case.
Watching Paul and Pam raise their son Dawson, early morning devotions, and time spent as a family were my first experiences with what a healthy Godly family felt and looked like. I watched how Paul treated, honored and cherished Pam. This stirred a deep desire within me to one day treat my own wife like that. It was a gift to watch how Paul and Pam honored God by pursuing Him daily and being open to Jesus in their lives and relationships.
For me at that time, seeing was believing and watching Paul and Pam relate as husband and wife showed me how a family was suppose to function. It was safe, peaceful, committed, honoring, and loving. It was so amazing to walk into their home without fear of what was on the other side of the door. Paul and Pam were my visual of what God meant by comfort. It was the type of comfort only God can provide. Those types of values are not seen today in most family settings.
The seeds that were planted by Paul, have bloomed or are still blooming today in my life now, 18 years later.
I am happily married to my beautiful wife Faith and we have a beautiful daughter named Grace. Faith and I were blessed to have Paul officiate our wedding. The seeds that were planted by Paul and Pam make sense to me even more now that I have a wife and child of my own. The seeds they planted back then are blooming in my life today. Without Paul and Pam's desire to see the next generation saved and discipled, I would venture to guess that I would not have the relationships, the excitement or my intensity for Jesus if it was not for them. They pointed me toward Jesus and showed me how amazing Jesus is and without Him life is boring and so unfulfilling.
I can go on and on about Paul and Pam, but the most important thing is God and building His kingdom here on earth. Paul and Pam are kingdom builders through and through and have been called by God to lead and disciple the next generation. I am a great example that there is a God and without discipleship from men and women like the Hunters, young men and women's lives are at stake.
I am a railroad engineer. My beautiful wife is a stay at home mother with our beautiful daughter Grace, after a successful career at Nike. I now have a ministry for men doing the same thing Paul did for me. I use so many things in our ministry today that I learned while being a part of Paul and Pam's family. Paul has always been my reference point because he physically showed me how to love a wife, cherish my child, and lead a family the way God intended. I would recommend Paul’s leadership to anyone, man, woman, boy or girl.
Paul Hunter is a true father to me, and so many others. Few individuals have influenced my life in such a powerful way; I have been forever changed because of his presence in my life, especially during the critical years of 18-25. Anyone seeking to grow in godliness would be wise to spend time with Paul and Pam Hunter. I would go anywhere for a chance to be with them! I encourage you to seize this rare opportunity to have them pour into your life in this way. You'll never regret it!
-Kari Patterson, author, speaker, pastor's wife and homeschool mom. Kari and her husband Jeff lead Renew Church, a gathering of Christ-followers seeking to know Him and make Him known.
I spent many of my teenage and early adult years with Paul and Pam. In fact, for a time I lived in their home. They both played a vital role in helping me develop my worldview and hunger for God during those very formative years. They were an active part of my social life and walked with me through the courtship and engagement to my husband,
Kris. One of the things I appreciate most about the Hunters is that they highly value relationships. There was never a time that I felt they were too busy for me. They were intentional about spending time with me and asking me hard, thoughtful, and challenging questions. Their love for me was evident, even in hard circumstances, and in that love they offered guidance but not control. I am certain they were elemental in guiding me in a deeper relationship with God that didn’t revolve around my wants and carnal dreams but into a deeper relationship with Christ and seeking His will for my life. Through Paul and Pam I’ve felt encouraged to see the gifts and talents God has given me as ways to serve and partner with Him in the work He’s already doing.
Today Kris and I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have two children and lead the mission’s team at our local church. We have been to many countries, including Uganda, and can see God working in a variety of ways throughout His earth. We have continued to pursue effective strategies for bringing Christ’s shalom to the nations and the discipleship of all the nations. We fully support the work that Paul and Pam do. It is counter-cultural because it is slow, intentional, and not showy. Paul and Pam don’t look for numbers to show their success, they look at the changed hearts and lives of the men and women they share life with. I would highly recommend partnering with Paul and Pam...but be careful, your life will never be the same!
When I made the decision to come to Uganda for One Step, I was very open to whatever God had planned and I didn’t have many expectations. But I did have hopes; hopes that these twelve weeks would challenge me, grow me, and somehow maybe show me what God wanted for my life.
Hope for clarity, where He wanted me to be and what He wanted me to be doing. I wanted vision and a purpose. One Step was such much more than I hoped for and so much more than I even knew I needed.
I have discovered my vision and purpose.
But there was something bigger that God had to teach me: Identity.
Who am I? Where does my identity lie? I’ve learned much about myself over this course. How does God see me, who am I in Christ, and who He has made me be. I also learned the importance of identity and that knowing who I am is essential to successfully living out my purpose. The issue of identity and the way I see myself affects my view of many areas of life and realizing this has helped me in that first step to finding my purpose.
I’ve been equipped.
I’ve been empowered.
I’ve been activated.
I’ve been ruined and am ready for the next step!
Brenna Rae Vanderheiden
As One Step 2016 comes to a close I can't help but get overwhelmed when I think of all the things God has done in my life in the past 12 weeks. I am so very thankful to Paul and Pam for listening to God and orchestrating this incredible program. There is no doubt in my mind that One Step was the will of our Heavenly Father to completely change our lives. Paul and Pam are raising up a generation of disciple makers and world changers.
It was amazing to see how God handpicked each and every one of us enrollees to be a part of One Step. He selected exactly the right people at exactly the right time to come and live life together. From veranda time to our classes. From everyday experiences such as sharing meals together to going to villages for outreach. Every single moment of these three months God has been doing big things in our lives. I know that none of us will leave here the same person that we were 12 weeks ago.
If I try to pinpoint my favorite experience durning One Step it would be impossible. Each day was unique and special and there was always a new adventure around every corner. I loved the aspect of not knowing what to expect. There were so many surprises and it was amazing to witness the hand of God through it all. There is something very special in experiencing everything, and yes I mean everything together. We truly became a family.
God brought me to Jinja, Uganda for One Step at exactly the right time in my life. He showed me who I am. I have been equipped. I have been empowered. I have been changed completely. I am ready to do the same for others. I will make a difference in this world that only I can make. I am finding my part in God's big story. I'm excited for the future and ready for the next step.
We say that life is a journey and this has just been one step in that journey. For me this has been the biggest step I have ever taken in my life. I will never be the same. One Step is truly an experience of a lifetime. If this is something God is calling you to do then go for it. Don't be afraid to dream big.
God wants to change your life. Are you ready? Take the step.
Not knowing who I am and who I belong to affected the way I made choices in my adult life, affected the way I handled situations, and the way I related with the Father. But coming to One Step opened my mind. I have learned a lot of things about so many aspects of the Christian life and all of them are impacting my life each day. Knowing my identity in Christ, knowing that I am a son of God, knowing that I’ve a loving father who I can be intimate with, and understanding His grace and love toward me has really changed my mindset and is already positively impacting my life in all aspects.
My priorities are set right, I know am qualified to be intimate with Him. I have a purpose driven life now that can only be fulfilled in Him. I can’t put a price on the kind of mother I have become to my son.
NOTHING FEELS BETTER THAN HAVING DIRECTION ... AN ETERNAL COMPASS.
I was in total darkness with no one to help me for many years before I got the opportunity of being part of this program. I spent millions of money paying my school bills and too much of my time in school, but never got something as beneficial as I’ve gotten in the One Step Course. It has brought light in my life and I can see clearly. I’ve moved closer to my Father and now experience His love in fullness. Generally, it has been a life changing experience for me.
I give all my thanks to God and the people who came up with the idea, Paul and Pam.
It’s impossible to know just how much your life can change until you decide to take that step. That step of faith- crazy, trusting, pure faith. But that’s really all it takes. And it’s all that He’s asking of you. To be willing to take One Step with Him, on a journey He has already paved the way for. Our One Step program is just that. A partnership with God as He takes you on your journey in this great thing called life, taking one step at a time. A relational cross cultural mentorship program that disciples you and enables you to grow into who God created you to be. Yet that even seems to be a small description in comparison to what this course truly offers. Here at One Step, we are a close-knit community. We are friends who have truly become family. It has become a place where we have shared many laughs, tears, stories and our over the course entire lives with one another. A place where you come as you are; and leave who you’ve become.
Just twelve weeks of your life. Invest in those weeks and receive a far greater return for your entire future. The adventure is waiting for you. He is waiting for you. All you have to do is take that step.
I joined the One Step course in September 2016. It’s a relational, mentoring, discipling, and cross cultural program.
In all the years I spent in school, my life has never changed like it has by being part of this course. When I enrolled I was filled with fear, which was limiting me from doing things with people and myself. I didn’t believe in myself; that I could do anything good. And also thought I was not good enough. But, what I have heard from this course has changed my life forever. I know who I am and where my identity lies. I am a child of God, I have also learned how to communicate with people from other cultures and how to communicate in an intimate relationship.
I am so thankful to God for the opportunity that was given to me to be a part of this course. Seriously, I am changed. If there was another opportunity like this, I would grab it.
When you realize there is much more to life than just existing for survival, there’s a fire that spreads out deep in your soul that can’t be stopped and you can’t settle until you step out in faith and begin living dangerously for Jesus.
You definitely begin to live a life of partnership with your Father in heaven, denying yourself and letting Him father you further.
I believe there is a reason for every season and the atmosphere and space filled with people willing to uplift and bring out the best in you makes change inevitable.
I have learned to live life well, give up all to the Father, including the minutes of my life, to take one step at a time.
I love you Papa.
Robert Hunter is my name. I have a horrible background for so many reasons. But, as a chosen by God. I happened in Uganda in 2008, sent by God, but not realising that is was God. I remember meeting Paul and Pam Hunter in 2010 with the knowledge that I knew God in details. Then Paul Hunter asked me a question, "Where are you going?" It's funny because I thought I was heading in the direction to a certain church for singing. He was referring to my vision. Then, in the journey together with him, here comes ONE STEP COURSE. This was the beginning of my journey with God to know where I'm going (VISION) and who I am ( IDENTITY). God used One Step to close my eyes so I can see. It made me to forget about myslef so that I can depend on God totally.
Robert K Hunter
Here is how God used the One Step Course in my life! First, there was the real understanding of Him during the course because I had the Quest to know Him! I was born a Muslim and was a devoted follower of Allah. I met Jesus several years ago. But, by attending this course I was helped to learn and realise my true Identity in Christ. I now know my Purpose, Vision and Mission in my life in Him! I'm thankful for my One Step experience because of how it has contributed to my life, especially with what I learned about the Five Capitals, especially relational, spiritual, and intellectual capital! As of now I'm free from captivity!! My main purpose now is to Love and be Kind. My strategy is to welcome and love anyone. My values are to honor and care! I'm once again thankful that One Step 2017 is being offered. May God Bless.
Even though we are in the last week of the One Step Course, my life is still changing immensely. I can say without a doubt that this has been one of the most critical growing seasons in my life. I know I'm much more ready for life now, because I know who I am, what I'm living for, and where I'm going. One of the main things that God has been working on in me is keeping my focus on Him alone, making Him my number one, and putting Him above everything else. I encourage anyone that feels led or has the desire to come experience One Step to sign up, and to not worry about leaving home or finances. If God wants you to come He will take care of all those things. I can say that with all certainty you will be ruined for Christ.