Mike and Ranada Hassemer
Mike and Ranada were born and raised in Wisconsin. Mike graduated from UW Milwaukee with a degree in Medical Technology. He managed a clinical laboratory and then started a cabinetmaking business. Ranada graduated from Silver Lake College with a Special Education degree and taught learning disabled students for many years, with time off to raise their children. Their son Aaron and daughters Brooklyn and Jacklyn now live in Boise, Idaho. Their daughter Carolyn, her husband Nathan Punt and children Lucas and Lauren also live in Boise.
Mike and Ranada Hassemer became acquainted with bush ministry on a family vacation to Alaska in 1999. They had participated in several mission ministry projects before, but the trip to Alaska solidified their passion for missions. Since that trip, Mike and Ranada returned to Alaska every year but one and organized or led many work teams as well. Some trips involved work projects, some provided VBS programs, and all encouraged the Arctic Barnabas team. A number of people who participated in these trips with them now serve full-time in mission ministries.
As they watched Arctic Barnabas grow, Mike and Ranada helped with home projects and worked alongside the ABM staff. When God called them to join Arctic Barnabas as official career staff, they began the arduous process of raising support, a test of faith more difficult than serving.
Now working full time with Arctic Barnabas since 2008, the Hassemers focus entirely on the ministry of encouragement and support of pastors and missionaries on the front lines. Mike’s experience and gifting involve him with partnering volunteers and donors with the many and varied hands-on, practical needs projects so desperately needed for pastors and missionaries to live and work more effectively in the villages. Mike also oversees the resource development activity of ABM and is a member of ABM’s leadership team. Ranada assists with a focus on the wives, coordinates the greeting card ministry, and helps Mike with shopping and meal planning for some of the work team projects.
Description of Work
ABM provides pastoral care to pastor and missionary families in remote Alaska and Northern Canada. We pursue trusting friendships with life-giving communication and fellowship. God’s Word and prayer are routine platforms in our relationships. ABM makes every effort to visit them on-site in the villages at least once per year. We want to be on their turf, see their battles, bring encouragement, and celebrate their victories.
Pray for financial support so that we will be fully funded at Arctic Barnabas Ministries.