Jim and Paula served as missionaries in Sénégal from 1998 to 2016. Their roles included church planting/evangelism, discipleship, national mission strategic planning/program development, and small business development/training of local pastors. Their daughter, Amanda, is married, owns a massage therapy business, and has one daughter. Their son, Aaron, graduated with a degree in psychology from Wheaton College, is married, and is a psychiatric/medial assistant support staff in Grand Rapids.
Paula’s family hosted internationals in their home as she grew up. Jim speaks three languages and has an MA (2010) in intercultural studies from Wheaton College. They see their experience overseas as God’s preparation to fulfill the vision of IFI. Jim serves as City Director, building and developing volunteers to serve the needs of international students. Paula serves as Campus Liaison, working with campus offices to seek opportunities to serve and establish relationships. The Haneses also value praying and encouraging others to do their best and to celebrate their success.