Friday, May 30, 2014

Two Years in Two Months

For those of you who have not yet read my support letter...please keep reading!  As of this Sunday, June 1st, I have TWO MONTHS to raise support for TWO YEARS.  In order to cover all of my expenses, I will need a little over $1,800/month.  Therefore, if 181 people commit to giving $10/month, I will be fully funded!  Please consider giving (see below for details).  Thanks so much to those of you who have already given!  I am SO grateful for your generosity.

Grace and Peace.

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms."  -1 Peter 4:10

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

April 25, 2014
Dear Friends and Family,                                                                                                                                               
Sometimes the Lord’s grace allows our desires to coincide with others’ needs.  I once heard this referred to as finding your “sweet spot.”  It is with excitement and nervous anticipation that I let you know, the Lord has graciously allowed me to find my own “sweet spot” serving the needs of children in Niger, Africa. 

After graduation I plan to teach in the city of Niamey at a mission school called Sahel Academy.  I will serve there for two years, teaching a class of about 20 second graders, under a mission organization called TeachBeyond.  TeachBeyond’s mission and vision statements affirm, “As followers of Jesus we are an international organization providing transformational education to children and adults.”  I am pleased to be associated with such a group.

While I did not always know that I would end up in Niger, God has been working in my heart for quite some time.  Growing up in the home that I did, missions was practically a given.  I learned early on about the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) and was exposed to other cultures through various mission trips to Jamaica, Mexico, Honduras, and Senegal.  The Lord has blessed me with a desire to serve people in need, at home and abroad. 

More recently, about two summers ago, I spent six weeks with a very generous missionary family in Budapest, Hungary.  I wanted to learn about “the life of a missionary.”  I believe it was then that God opened my eyes to the needs of TCKs (third culture kids; or MKs, missionary kids).  As a student at Grove City College learning about Elementary and Special Education, it only seemed natural that I would find my “sweet spot” in a missionary school abroad.  This endeavor to Sahel Academy allows my passion for children, learning, traveling, and missions to, by the grace of God, meet the emotional, spiritual, and learning needs of missionary children in Niger. 

I am so excited for this God-given opportunity to serve.  I ask that, as part in the body of Christ, you join with me by supporting me in either one or two ways.  First and foremost, I need your PRAYER.  I am not sure that I have ever experienced a point in my life in which I CANNOT not trust God.  I am very aware of my dependency on Him and realize that apart from Him, I will not be able to pursue this mission.  (See the enclosed list for ways to pray).
In addition to your prayers, and in order to leave by August 1st, I will need to raise about $1,804 of monthly support (totaling $21,651 of annual support).  I also need about $5,000 for start-up costs (plane tickets, shipping items, purchasing household items, purchase of a car overseas, etc.).  Please prayerfully consider either a one-time donation or a monthly commitment of financial support.  Indicate your financial gift on the enclosed paper and send it to
TeachBeyond, PO Box 6248, Bloomingdale, IL, 60108-6248.  (All checks should be made out to TeachBeyond; they will be tax-deductible).

Thank you so much for your support!  I am humbled and blessed by this incredible opportunity to reach God’s people in Niger, Africa.  Please feel free to keep in touch by Facebook, email, or snail mail!  You can also read weekly updates on my blog at  
Be blessed as you continue to participate in the body of Christ,

Hannah J. Knox

Prayer Requests:
·         For peace and courage as I prepare for moving away from family and transition out of college life.
·         For the people of Niger; for the school, students and staff; for my second grade class of about 20 students; for the ladies with whom I will be rooming.
·         For safe travel to, from, and within Niamey; for favor with those with whom I come in contact.
·         For the adjustment to a new culture and people; that I might shine God’s love to those around me.
·         For hope in the midst of loneliness; for the Lord’s hand to sustain me; for spiritual nourishment and a good home church.

Contact information:
Mailing Address:  B.P. 10065  Niamey, Niger West Africa
Shipping Address:  c/o SIM 9 rue de Tarka Niamey, Niger West Africa


Click on this link for more information about how to donate!  (

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

No Reserve.

It's hard to imagine that four years can go by so quickly.  And yet, here I am:  an educated graduate and alumnus, ready to face the "real" world with all of it's responsibilities and challenges.  Or am I?

In a lot of ways, Grove City has prepared me well for the future.  And in a lot of other ways, it doesn't matter how much education I have received, because I will never be "ready."  In about two months, I am leaving for Niger, West Africa.  I don't think I ever imagined myself in this spot exactly.  If you ask a child what she wants to be when she grows up, rarely do you hear "I want to be a missionary in a third world country."  I wanted to be a dancer, singer, and writer.  Therefore, I was no exception.

And yet, the Lord has been growing my heart for Africa, missions, and TCKs (Third Culture Kids).  (It's funny how the Lord uses experiences and circumstances to direct our attention to Him and His plan).

Less than a week ago, at Grove City's Baccalaureate service before graduation, Dr. Moore spoke about having

No reserve.
No retreat.
No regret.

That is my prayer and hope as I leave for Niger.  The Bible says that our lives are like grass (Psalm 103:15-16).  My tomorrow, my life is no guarantee.  Each day is a gift and I want to live it out to the fullest.

"The glory of God is man fully alive."  -St. Irenaeus

May I - may we - live each day without reserve, retreat, or regret; to the glorious honor of Jesus.

I am humbled to have this opportunity to serve, teach, and experience God's world in a new way.

Please keep me in your prayers as I prepare to get everything (Visa, International Driving License, Health shots, Plane tickets, Support raising, etc.) in order before I leave!

Grace and Peace.

"Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." -Proverbs 19:21