Together with their children, Robert and Amy Hanover serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Papua, Indonesia. Robert hopes to provide an engaging learning experience to students from diverse backgrounds while teaching social studies. Amy will be assisting at Hillcrest School in the ESOL classes.
Robert was born in Lebanon, Connecticut, and grew up going to church with his family of seven. After acquiring a love of history from his dad, he earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Connecticut College in 1999. However, during college, Robert’s father, also a history teacher, passed away from the effects of Agent Orange. As a result of this experience, Robert’s life spiraled downward, resulting in many regretful decisions and painful choices. Thankfully, in 2004, he believed the life changing message of the Gospel. The decision to put his faith in Jesus Christ and get saved was the best decision that he ever made. God transformed his life and removed many obstacles so that he could return to teaching. Since then, Robert has been involved in teaching Sunday school, hosting ESL classes at church, visitation, and youth coaching ministry in the areas of soccer and basketball.
“And though I dwell in the midst of the sea behold thou art there and even there shall thy hand lead me.”Psalm 139: 8 -9. Robert shares, “Papua may not be in the ‘midst of the sea’, but it is somewhere near it! We have seen many doors open and answers to prayers in regards to this opportunity to serve. We trust Him that He will guide and can protect our family even as we go to live in a remote part of the planet. Our family thought this verse was fitting for this opportunity and we shared a good chuckle! Humor is a gift that has kept our family ‘laughing’ through sometimes painful and difficult times.”
Amy was born in Norwich, Connecticut, and gave her life to the Lord at a young age. She is thankful for the way her parents taught her about the Bible, and for the close knit church family that she grew up in. From a very young age, she felt God stirring her heart towards missions. Spending her senior year of high school in Venezuela, coupled with various ministry trips to Mongolia and the Philippines, led her to discover her desire to teach English language learners. She graduated from Temple University with a master’s in TESOL in 2004. Being an ESOL teacher has opened doors for her to reach out to international students and come alongside them and welcome them into their home. Amy is eager to encourage the international children at Hillcrest and help them be successful learners.
“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more to number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” Amy shares, “Psalm 139:17-18 encourages me to focus my heart and thoughts on God’s goodness and cling to His promises. In the midst of trial or frustrations, I know that God loves us, cares for us, and has a plan and purpose for each family.”
Rob and Amy met in high school when he played the part of Curly in Oklahoma, and she turned the pages for the pianist (her mother). They married in 2005 and have four children: Grace, Lily, Pearl, and Noah who will be attending Hillcrest School in the fall.
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