This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:10
Hayley Steinbauer was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a campus pastor’s daughter, she grew up surrounded by college students from within and outside the United States. It wasn’t until later in life that she realized that not all Nebraskan children get to try bamboo soup or lamb with special herbs from Iraq or hear stories about civil unrest in areas of Africa. Unlike other kids, she was intrigued and bothered by the complex problems that people in developing countries faced. In 8th grade, for a class assignment, she created a website on toilets and tackling the global sanitation crisis. The overlap and interplay between systems and people/cultures led her to study Business Administration and Behavioral Science at Concordia University Nebraska where she graduated in 2022.
Hayley was in a boating accident in March 2020. As she was swimming in the ocean, wondering if she would make it to shore, she promised God that she would do anything for his kingdom if she might just survive. God delivered and saved her life and her two friends’ lives, but she was left in a new reality; her relationship with God had changed. She began to realize the beautiful work God could do if she surrendered to Him.
After college, she worked as an intern with Samaritan’s Purse in Human Resources in Boone, North Carolina for three months before transitioning as an international intern with Samaritan’s Purse in their field office in Hanoi, Viet Nam for six months. Viet Nam gave her the evidence she needed to pursue more long-term opportunities overseas. As she returned to the United States, she thought to herself, “Why not me, God?”
God told her that she would benefit from more schooling in the areas of health and program management, so she applied and is currently studying to receive her master’s degree in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Whatever relational bridges God builds and uses while with MCN, Hayley is excited to surrender and join Jesus on his mission.
Any funds raised that exceed Mission Partner’s Total Cost of Missionary Service may be used to further support Mission Partner in missional activities, or Mission Partner may donate, after consultation with the Executive Director, any excess funds to one or more Mission Partners who are in good standing with MCN or to MCN’s General Fund. The purpose for this is that any funds raised are to support missional activities throughout the world.