who we are

Hana Mission is…

Hana is OneHana Mission (Hana meaning “one” in Korean) is a Christian, non-profit, ministry organization dedicated to serving the underprivileged community of Paterson, New Jersey, by helping the crippled and the neglected build new lives through the teachings and the love that Jesus has first given us. And as one family, we strive to shine Jesus’s light on those who have been hurt and abandoned by society.

Mission & Vision

Mission

We believe that as one family under God, our goal is to embrace those who are struggling from lack of resources and spiritual support, by offering nurturing and personal growth programs to both adults and children, through which we hope to shine the light of Jesus Christ.

Vision

To create a place where people transcending different ethnic and socioeconomic groups can be healed, transformed, and lifted up through the love of Jesus Christ.

 

History
Pastor Hank KimPastor Hank Kim first received God’s calling to serve the homeless, ex-convicts, and people struggling with drug and alcohol when he visited a family of an inmate in 1996. There, he witnessed an African American infant, about the age of his own daughter at the time, crying and screaming in a dirty diaper that hadn’t been changed for hours, if not days.

Questions like ‘why anyone should suffer from poverty’ or ‘who should and will take care of troubled children and families’ continued to arise one after another. After struggling to find the answer to these questions, he finally accepted that it was God who was calling him to serve those to whom the society has turned its back. Not knowing where and how to start the journey ahead, Pastor Hank began by volunteering at different ministries such as the Salvation Army and local churches in Paterson, one of the poorest communities in New Jersey.Soup kitchen ministry at Hana Mission in early days

Hana Mission was established few months later at Lou Costello Memorial Park where Pastor Hank preached the Gospel and fellowshipped with the local homeless. From a street ministry at a local park, Hana Mission evolved into a mobile soup kitchen ministry in an old school bus before finally transforming into a full-time ministry at the current Marshall street campus serving the community of Paterson at various levels. Yet, Hana Mission continues to grow in the size and the depth of its ministry everyday.

The master plan is to create a campus with a school where the youngsters strive for academic excellency rooted in Christian values, and a half-way house preparing formally struggling individuals for a great comeback geared with strong faith in God.

With the strong faith that all things are possible in God and your unceasing support, Hana Mission will continue to serve Paterson to turn the community in distress into one family, shining the light of Jesus Christ together.

Timeline

1996 Pastor Hank’s moment of awakening
1998 Hana Mission established at Lou Costello Memorial Park in Paterson as a street ministry serving local homeless, ex-convicts, and individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.Street ministry in early days
2000 Soup kitchen ministry began in an old school busHana Mission Soup kitchen in an old school bus
2004 Moved to the current Marshall street campus
2005 1st Hana Mission children’s Christian summer camp held
2006 After school tutoring program began (for grades 1 through 5)Bible study program for children
2009 Residential apartments purchased to house more brothers in need
2011 Received construction permit for the new children’s center
2012 After school tutoring program for grade 6 through 12 created
Hana Mission thrift shop opened