John Hanley, Sr. lovingly known as “Poppo” went to his heavenly home on January 10th 2014. Poppo became a missionary late in life after a lifetime working in Orthotics and Prosthetics. He and his wife, Rhonda, came to work with John and Melissa in Jimani in 2010 taking a leap of faith. In addition to being a grandfather to the children in the children’s home he was always called upon to fix the variety of issues that pop up from plumbing and electrical work to bicycle repairs. Poppo was a natural host and enjoyed working with visiting short-term mission teams. He was often found on his front porch drinking a cup of coffee and talking with who ever happened to stop by. He loved to laugh and his deep bellied laugh is greatly missed. Poppo’s legacy of service and heart to help others lives on in the mission and vision of Three Tree’s Children’s Home.
John, Melissa, and Kate moved to the Dominican Republic in 2007 and in a few short months Maicol entered their lives. What started as him needing a safe place to stay for two weeks, turned into him becoming son and brother. It also proved to be a defining moment for the Hanley family’s ministry and focused the vision God had given them in order to be a safe place for more children. Maicol became an instant big brother to Kate, and when the family moved to Jimaní he expanded his role and became big brother to all the children that would become part of the extended family. Maicol had a charismatic personality that drew people to him with his ready smile and willingness to help others. On April 4, 2014 an unfortunate accident would bring him home to his heavenly father. A life cut way to short, but a life that impacted many.