Hannah is originally from the Seattle area where she grew up with her 2 brothers and parents. She loved the northwest area full of trees, mountains, orca whales, and of course rain. In 2011 Hannah traveled on a short-term mission trip to Sierra Leone and fell in love with the country and its people. The next year in 2012 Hannah took another short-term trip to confirm her desire to live there someday. After that she started going out to live there for 3 months at a time and this continued till the end of 2013. She worked in the local village schools teaching Bible, working on admin duties, and running the media for the organization “The Bridge of Hope”. During 2014 and 2015 Ebola had hit Sierra Leone so she did not return at that time. While in the States Hannah was a nanny for a family of 3 little boys and was torn between going back to Sierra Leone or continuing as a nanny.
At the end of 2015 Hannah heard about a missionary family who do Bible translation and were expecting their 3rd little boy. They were planning to move back to Sierra Leone in March of 2016 and they were looking for a nanny/homeschool teacher. Hannah thought this sounded like a perfect opportunity. In 2016 Hannah applied and moved to Sierra Leone with the Wagner family with Lutheran Bible Translators as a volunteer. In Sierra Leone Hannah’s days were spent having a classroom full of children which included the local children and the Wagner kids. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know the local kids, encouraging them in their education, playing games, baking, and running around as super heroes. By caring for the Wagner kids their parents are able to spend their time working on Bible Translation in the local language. She has picked up some of the local language but plans on committing more time to it when they return to Sierra Leone.
The Wagners are now on home leave in Minnesota for 2018 and Hannah continues to homeschool the boys and nanny’s what is now the Wagners 4 children since they had a baby girl this past fall.
In Hannah’s spare time she is working on getting her teaching degree online, cheering on the Seahawks, loves playing strategy board games, paddle boarding when she can, and she does have an addiction to traveling and TV shows.
Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
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