The Hanna family (Matt, Marla, Luke, Rose, and Beth) have served with Baptist Mid-Missions as missionaries to the island nation of Taiwan since 1987. Explore the links at the top of this page to learn about our family, field, and ministry.

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Did You Know?

  1. ...that Kaohsiung Harbor is the third largest container shipping port in the world?
  2. ...that Kaohsiung's Tuntex Sky Tower is ranked 15th tallest building in the world?
  3. ...that Taiwan is the 2nd most densely populated country in the world after Bangladesh?
  4. ...that Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world when it was completed in 2004 and is currently ranked 2nd tallest?

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Nov 19

We’ve Moved!


We’ve moved and upgraded the content and format of our website and blog. Our new location is at https://east-is-east.org. This old site will remain in place for a while, but all new content is now being added on our new site.

You will find our latest prayer letter, resources, and information about our ministry.

Jul 28

Hanna Newsyletter-July 2021

Dear praying friends,

In early July Marla and I attended BMM’s annual Family Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Together as a mission family we celebrated 100 years of God’s blessing on Baptist Mid-Missions’ ministries world-wide. No one knows what …

[ read, print, or download our full prayer letter here ]

Apr 13

April 2021 Newsletter

Our most recent prayer letter is now available for reading, downloading, and printing.

Dec 15

2021 Annual Bible Reading Calendar

2021 Annual Bible Reading Calendar

It’s up a little late this year (like our Christmas tree), but here is the new Bible Reading Calendar to motivate you to read your Bible through in 2021. The Chinese (Traditional) version is also available by going to the ABR page of our website (look on the drop-down menu under RESOURCES >> BIBLE STUDY HELPS >> ANNUAL BIBLE READING CHARTS).

Nov 11

Fall 2020 Prayer Letter

We continue to travel out West in month 5 of our furlough. Our current prayer letter provides a report and prayer requests for our prayer supporters. You may read it, download it, or print it.

Sep 12

More Furlough Travel

September 2020 prayer letter

Marla & Matt continue to travel during their six-month furlough in the US. They have now arrived in California. Read their current prayer letter for more information.

Please pray for us!

Our furlough ministry report video has been completed. We plan to post it here on our blog soon. Stay tuned!

Jul 10

Furlough Travel

As of July 2, 2020, Marla and Matt have arrived in the US for a 6-month furlough. They plan to do some recuperating, vacationing, and visiting with family and friends during July and August. During September through December they plan to visit with supporting churches in California and Arizona. Lord willing, they will be returning to Taiwan in early January 2021.

Our July 2020 prayer letter is now available for reading, downloading, and printing here. Please pray for us during these busy months of travel and ministry.

Matt & Marla: a recent outing in Taiwan
May 5

May 2020 Prayer Letter

Here is our latest prayer letter for your reading pleasure and prayer ministry. Beginning with this letter, we have updated our letterhead for easier readability and incorporated the new BMM logo.

In important news for you to note, Marla and I have stepped away from our role as Field Administrator with BMM to focus on our field ministries. Please pray for us during this new transition.

Taiwan has responded extremely well to the virus pandemic and we have enjoyed many freedoms of movement and ministry denied to people in other regions of the world, including the US. Details are in our letter.

Mar 2

Spring 2020 Prayer Letter

Our latest prayer letter is now available for viewing, downloading, or printing. Thank you for remembering to pray for us.

Dec 23

2020 Bible Reading Calendar

It’s that time of year again to begin thinking about your Bible Reading plans for the new year. Here is a reminder that I have posted a 2020 Annual Bible Reading Calendar that may meet your needs here.

this is a sample from the past