Hannah Hanson is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving first in South Africa and then with Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) in the Florida Annual Conference.
Mission interns serve half of their three-year terms in international placements and half in domestic settings. Hannah was commissioned in October 2009.
In South Africa she worked initially with SHADE (Sojourner, Help, Advocacy, Development, and Education) in migrant ministries south of Johannesburg. She was then assigned to Bula Monyako (a Sotho phrase meaning "the door is open"), the mission center of the Benoni Central Methodist Church. The center engages in voluntary counseling and testing for HIV. It also provides other forms of counseling and helps members of the local community navigate government social services.
JFON is a church-based, grassroots program that welcomes immigrants into communities by providing high quality legal and educational services. It has roots in the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and operates through local or regional networks of professionals and volunteers. The Florida Conference office is in Orlando.
Hannah grew up in Arlington County, Virginia, just across the river from Washington, DC. She was raised in a strong social-justice faith tradition at Dumbarton United Methodist Church in DC, and also became a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington, Virginia, where she became very involved in youth ministry, including chairing the Youth Council during her senior year of high school. Hannah says that being part of two congregations and two annual conferences (Baltimore-Washington and Virginia) is enriching and has helped her to understand the church-at-large. During her formative years, Hannah's father was on the staff of the General Board of Church and Society in Washington, DC.
After attending Yorktown High School in Arlington, Hannah enrolled American University in DC, earning a degree in International Studies, with a focus on peace and conflict resolution.
Hannah traces her specific call to mission to her experience at age 12, of the trauma of seeing a video about child soldiers. "Atrocities such as child soldiering throughout the world seem unimaginably destructive; however, the strength and perseverance of these children and the people who want to change these practices is my picture of what hope looks like." She wanted to be part of that hope.
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