New Staff Introductions: Meet Hannah Umhau
Hi! As the newest addition to the New Wineskins team, I’m excited to be joining a staff that serves wholeheartedly the mission of the global church. I am joining the staff following participation in the Greensboro Fellows Program, which is a year-long program for recent college graduates focusing on spiritual and leadership development. The program is hosted by Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, NC. While in the Fellows Program, I had the opportunity to meet Jenny and the rest of the New Wineskins staff. This even included going on a trip to Rwanda in May, led by Victoria Hassell!
I grew up in a Christian household and was raised to know the Lord. It wasn’t until my second year of college in the context of Arizona State University (ASU) and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship that I met the Lord in a personally-impactful way. That year I spent as a student at ASU was difficult, but I am incredibly grateful for the life-changing experience of seeing the Lord’s light break through my darkness to set me free. Since then, the joy of the Lord has been my strength, and love for the Lord has been my motive and theme. I am trusting in the Lord’s care over my life. He is writing a story for me to tell.
Because it relates to New Wineskins, I wanted to highlight my experience at Urbana 2015, Intervarsity’s global student mission conference. During the week of the conference, the Lord planted in me passions that have never left: for His global Church, for the joy of international worship, for the persecuted church, and for Spirit-led prayer. I have also had the opportunity to be part of several Anglican churches over the last few years, and have developed a deep love for the spiritual rhythms and embodied worship of Anglicanism. All in all, it was a confirmation from the Lord to find so many passions converge within the position at New Wineskins!
Along with the New Wineskins job, I will continue to assist in running an after-school tutoring program for elementary kids. The program is run through Hope Academy, a Christian school serving an underprivileged area of Greensboro. The job is challenging and rewarding, and an opportunity to practice ministering to both the kids and their tutors.
I have been blessed with wonderful community in Greensboro, and I am excited that, because of the New Wineskins job, I will have opportunity to grow deeper into that community. I am also looking forward to using the time in Greensboro to explore the mountains and trails of North Carolina. This next season of work represents a new phase of life for me, and I would appreciate prayer for the transition. My desire is that the Lord would continue to grow in me a passion for His purpose in my life, even in the context of serving in New Wineskins.