Laura Hokanson

BASIC JOB DESCRIPTION
As Development Director,  I work to facilitate meaningful relationships between our donors and the projects of ASAP. Connecting people with projects they feel good about supporting, keeping them informed about those projects, and building new relationships with those who haven’t heard of ASAP before are the core of my work. In addition, I’m responsible for the strategic planning of ASAP fundraising efforts and writing grant proposals.  

SCHOOLING
I graduated from Loma Linda University with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. I’ve spent the majority of my career, however, as a stay-at-home-mom, homeschooling our three children, ages 11, 12 and 15.

HOW YOU WERE ORIGINALLY CONNECTED TO ASAP
I first met our director, Julia O’Carey, when we were both student missionaries in Thailand in 1993. While in Thailand I worked at Mission Health Promotion Center in Muak Lek, under the supervision of Byron and Carol Reynolds who are currently ASAP board members. Over the years I have stayed in touch and have supported ASAP Ministries as a donor. My family has been greatly blessed by giving to ASAP and getting our children involved in missions. Later I got to know Lisa Isensee who encouraged me to volunteer at an ASAP booth. Explaining the ministry to people who had never heard of ASAP was an enriching experience. 

WHEN YOU STARTED WORKING WITH ASAP
I started working for ASAP in October, 2019.

YOUR FAVORITE ASAP PROJECT
I am especially inspired by our lay pastors and Bible workers who risk their lives to promote the gospel in hostile places. They suffer persecution and show tremendous self-sacrifice to carry on their work. Their testimonies give me pause to consider my own dedication to the gospel ministry, to examine my faith. When I hear their stories I feel compelled to help them in any way I can.

WHAT YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK
I live in Northern Wisconsin, where I like to snowshoe woodland trails in the winter, polish rocks from nearby Lake Superior beaches in the summer, go camping with our family, and visit friends for a rousing game of PIT or Dutch Blitz. 

ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE BIBLE TEXTS
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).

Laura Hokanson

Development Director
Phone: 269-471-3026