Greetings and news from Hannah – Aug. 2014

Dear friends and family,

Thank you so much for your support these last few years. Thank you for calling me, feeding me, letting me stay at your house, sending me cards, doing fun things together and praying for me. Your welcome has made me feel at home during my time in college. I did a research paper about missionary kids and realized again just how rich I am in friendship and how much of my success I owe to you all, and your prayers.

I’d love your continued prayers for my next step. After applying for many jobs, an unexpected opportunity fell into my lap. My new supervisor was praying for help with the Africa Study Bible and happened to connect with my dad. He offered me a one-year Editorial Assistant position in Nairobi. I’ll be moving in mid-August and will live with my family. I’m very excited about this chance to use the writing, cultural analysis and ministry skills I’ve developed at Mac! It was a total God-thing.

I’d love to hear more about how you all are doing. Now that I’ve graduated, the best ways to keep in touch are through email or at my new writing projects website (including a poem about my job decision process): hannahras.wordpress.com

Or Facebook / Skype / visit!

Love,

Hannah

A people-full summer – Aug. 10

The summer has been packed with seeing people and reporting what God has been doing through Training East African Ministers and Missionaries. Wonderful to be able to report in person to our great supporters. You all pay our salary to teach missions to students from 28 countries at AIU in Kenya. You also pay expenses for teaching 450 ministers at LVCC in Tanzania. And God does even more with your prayers! Several said they pray for us daily – how encouraging!

One church example: I enjoyed teaching a hundred leaders from the 7 multicultural congregations of the Bethel Family of churches,  and then preaching to a combined service that was overflowing out of the sanctuary. Fantastic to see the fulfillment of visions God gave us for a “house of prayer for all nations” 25 years ago when I was assistant pastor at this church (now our sending church).

Inspiring the next generation – Presenting to one of the Vacation Bible School classes at the Duluth Gospel Tabernacle in Minnesota.

 

 

 

We have really enjoyed individual time with family, friends, and other supporters. We are so grateful for each of you!

Big Blessing: Our big families are our biggest individual financial, emotional, and prayer supporters. Below: the Rasmussens reunite at Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp this past week. (The six siblings across the bottom.) They came from the far corners of the USA as well as Tanzania and Kenya. What a great time!

The Wacky Rasmussen family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We head back to Kenya tomorrow. Rachel and Isaac start school on Tues. at Rosslyn Academy.  AIU starts on Aug. 25.  We need your prayers as Steve takes on the Head of Missions department role and Jan jumps into a research class.

Some have asked about how to donate:  You can give by hitting the “Donate” button on this website or by sending a check to TEAM, c/o Bethel Christian Fellowship, 1466 Portland Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104 USA.

Thanks!

Update from Hannah who is moving to Nairobi

Thank you so much for your support these last few years. I owe so much of my success to your prayers.

God answered your prayers for my Macalester education! I wanted to “go out with a bang,” but God exceeded my expectations. I graduated with highest honors and degrees in English and Sociology.

Hannah’s Macalester graduation with Justin and Mom

 

 

Some of you may remember how at InterVarsity Leadership Institute I discovered the Christian values Macalester was founded on. I realized that my perspective as a Christian was a vital reminder to the rest of campus about their purpose. This year for the first time, Macalester gave out awards to people who live out the founder’s mission. I felt so honored to receive one (pictured below with Justin, friends, and the mentors who nominated me).

Hannah receives the Neill award at Macalester

In my January update I mentioned that we were looking for a new chaplain. Justin (on the left) and I got to interview the new chaplain, and she is perfect for Macalester – praise God!

 

 

In addition to the chaplain’s transition, you can continue to pray for Macalester Christian Fellowship – for a new leadership team taking over from the graduated seniors, and for evangelism efforts to bear fruit. Justin will be leading a Bible study in the spring, in the dorm where he will be a Resident Assistant. But first, he’s studying psychology in Scotland in the fall. He’d love your prayers for all his community-building opportunities.

Your prayers for my future paid off! After applying for many jobs, an unexpected opportunity fell into my lap. My new supervisor was praying for help with the Africa Study Bible and happened to connect with my dad. He offered me a one-year Editorial Assistant position in Nairobi. I’ll be leaving August 19th and will live with my family. I’m very excited about this chance to use the writing, cultural analysis and ministry skills I’ve developed at Mac! God’s plans were different than mine – but perfect.

I’d love your continued prayers for this transition:

- For moving: finishing a writing project, getting a visa to stay in Kenya, smooth flights
- For work: wisdom and humility as I bridge the needs of the African contributors and the US-based publishers
- For friendships: many high school friends have moved away, and I’m worried about navigating the public transport system

If you’d like to keep in touch with me personally (other than prayer!), look me up on facebook or follow me on my new writing projects site (including a poem about my job decision process): hannahras.wordpress.com

Love,

Hannah

Sharing about TEAM at Duluth VBS

Sharing at Duluth VBS

Fun to share with every grade yesterday about Training East African Ministers! These kids are giving offerings to train Tanzanian ministers. The amazing VBS and children’s ministry at Duluth Gospel Tabernacle is run by a great team led by missionary kid (Rebecca Haapanen). It shows. How many VBS have a missions session every day where the kids pray for missionaries.? Kathy Bloomdahl led our session and had files of all of our old emails and pictures that she has used to stimulate prayer. We have been so blessed this summer to meet people who pray for us every day and know what is happening. How encouraging!! who knew that people read our emails?