who we are
Hana 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.
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.
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.
Pastor 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.
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.
|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.|
|2000||Soup kitchen ministry began 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)|
|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|