Growing up in a Christian home, Hannah Gardner accepted Christ during Vacation Bible School. It wasn’t until age 15, while on a mission trip with her youth group to Compton, California, that her faith became real and applicable to her everyday life. Hannah’s parents took God’s call seriously to care for orphans and widows in need by becoming licensed foster parents, which allowed her to gain an early awareness that people are hurting and marginalized all around us. This, coupled with a long history of missions involvement and support in her family, gave her a heart for those hurting in difficult or uncomfortable-to-reach places.
It was during a two-week mission trip in Malawi, Africa, where Hannah worked as a pharmacist assistant doing medical clinics, that she felt a personal call to dedicate her life to international ministry. To prepare for this calling, she earned her bachelor of science in nonprofit leadership and management from Arizona State University. She recently graduated in May 2019 after completing a semester-long internship at MAF’s headquarters working in the Ministry Awareness department, planning and coordinating events.
Hannah firmly believes the next step in God’s personal call for her to live a life of international mission work is pursuing a role in Papua New Guinea with MAF-International. She desires to support MAF’s work in reaching the isolated people of PNG. She plans to visit the program this summer for a look-see and confirmation.
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in Hannah’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a ministry partner with her through prayer and/or financial support.
The U.S. offices of MAF serve as a hub for MAF services worldwide. A day in the life here includes specialized flight training, staff mobilization and counseling, purchasing and shipping of aircraft parts, finance and accounting, administration of an Internet gateway for worldwide email, fund raising, printing and mailing of various materials, and many, many more activities. Some staff serve around the country; training future pilots and mobilizing potential candidates to serve with MAF.
MAF missionaries raise support for a pooled fund out of which MAF covers salary, housing, benefits, and staff-related ministry expenses. MAF exercises discretion over the use of missionary support in the exercise of its mission and care of its staff.