What Giving Away a Thousand Children’s Books Looks Like

Here’s the latest from our friends Jan and Doug Hanson as they prepare to move from teaching at a Christian college in Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific to a school administered by Native Americans in the American Southwest.


As we prepare to leave PNG, we had the task of distributing the 1000+ children’s books that we had accumulated over the years, including the homeschool library that we brought with us in 2001. This week we donated 600 books to the local primary school (grades 3-8).

The headmaster gathered all the children on the assembly grounds and invited parents to witness the event. Jan addressed the children and parents, telling them that instead of giving one book to every child, we were giving all the books to their newly built library, so that all children, for many years, could enjoy the books. Doug closed the time with a prayer for the school, the children, and for the library.

The next group of children pictured are kindy kids (pre-school). We also gave them about 100 books for their little one-room school.

We have now been able to bless 6 different “libraries” with donations from our home library- some of those books were donated by you, our readers.  THANK YOU to all of who have given and sent books through the years!


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8 Responses to What Giving Away a Thousand Children’s Books Looks Like

  1. Laura Droege says:

    That is beautiful and heart-warming in so many different ways! First, Doug and Jan’s hearts for God and for these children are wonderful. Second, I grew up going to our public library and the school library on a regular basis. Someone donating a thousand books to a library? My heart is overjoyed (even if the books are across the globe and I’m unlikely to get to read one of the donations!)

  2. Jeannie says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Tim — wonderful! A thousand books sounds like heaven! 🙂

    • Tim says:

      Jan and Doug also gave their theological library (several shelves worth of books) to the college in PNG. The bachelors and masters students there will gain much from those resources.

  3. Aimee Byrd says:

    Wow, that is a gift that leaves quite a legacy. Love the pictures too!

  4. Pastor Bob says:

    AWESOME! Books have such a powerful connection with learning. Reading has so many positive aspects, the whole process is so important. My love of reading is deep, as was my father’s and his father’s and so on……
    Enough has been said on the importance of reading with and to children. (paragraphs and more possible—- you’ve been spared!)

    Blessings to all!!

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