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Tori Palmer

Tori Palmer

Tori credits her MNU experience and God's leading with what she has been able to accomplish today.

Music, missions, travel and adventure have led South Dakota native Tori Palmer from her home in the Midwest to Seoul, South Korea via MNU. Though she never imagined ending up on the other side of the globe, she knew early on that MNU would be her top college pick.

"I was 6 or 7 when after seeing a PR [traveling singing] group from MidAmerica I told my mom, ‘I'm going to go to that school and be in that group someday.'" And she did. Traveling for a summer with New Covenant PR group, Tori says that experiences at MNU drove her passion to major in music education and get involved in missions. With jazz band she performed and traveled around the US and to Europe. Coupled with the influence of her professor and advisor Ron McClellan, Tori found herself ready to teach young people in Korea.

"I taught in Kansas for a year but couldn't stop thinking about an opportunity to teach English in Korea," Tori says. "I prayed about it and applied and thought, ‘what's 1 or 2 years in Korea?'"

The relatively short time she planned in Korea has turned into seven years, first teaching English and now music. Still seeking new adventures, Tori has taken mission trips with her Korean church to Thailand on the Myanmar border. Working at a drop-in center that provides vocational training, Bible teaching and meals as well as at a safe house, Tori has learned that when people are seeking God they have a lot in common. "We're like family."

Tori credits her MNU experience and God's leading with what she has been able to accomplish today.

"MNU is where my faith became my own; Christian Beliefs class really challenged me. It shifted my faith into my own. Having an environment that fosters that thinking and growing is so great."

Recently Tori visited MNU and Kansas City. "It's always great to come back here," she says. "I don't think I'll ever come back and not feel comfortable here, even though things change and people change, it still feels like home. To Tori, the future of MNU looks hopeful. "There is hope that comes from what God is doing on campus.

In her own life Tori thinks her future will include something "more missions based." It might be a little scary, but it is also hopeful. Seeing how God has guided her so far, easy to believe he will lead in this too.

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