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MNU Mission Team Partners with Art Ministry to Serve Poor
This June, a group of 17 MNU students traveled to New York to serve at Gifted Hands NYC, a nonprofit that reaches out to underserved populations through art programs. These programs operate in collaboration with churches, shelters, and centers, and serve to teach skills and foster hope for New York’s underprivileged. The trip was one of eight MNU mission trips that took place over the summer.
Program Executive Director Dustee Hullinger expressed her gratitude for the MNU volunteers in Gifted Hands’ June newsletter.
“There are always new faces [from MNU],” wrote Hullinger. “Their enthusiasm remains contagious.”
MNU graduate Cassandra Duffield (’12) said she appreciated the chance to observe the workings of a large-scale ministry and share in the passion of its staff.
“It opened my perspective of what missions can be,” said Duffield.
Dean of Campus Life and trip leader Ron Jackson agreed that volunteering with Gifted Hands was a profound experience.
“Our work with Gifted Hands was one of the most moving and enriching experiences I have ever had on a mission trip,” said Jackson. “The work Dustee is doing is exceptional, and for our students to be able to join with her, even briefly, has made a tremendous impact on all of us.”