Three sisters—Diamond, Angel, and Gold – of the family of Akabuaku – will be together for the Campus Ministry Washington, D.C., Mission Trip from Monday, May 7 to Saturday, May 12. This is the second year that Diamond and Angel will be joining this 7th annual Campus Ministry venture with seven other missioners.

Angel is a student of the University of Cincinnati and preparing to become a medical doctor. Gold, who lives in Cincinnati with her sister Angel, is aspiring to become an Emergency Medical Technician. Diamond is pursuing a nursing degree here at the College with hopes of one day becoming a psych nurse or “wherever else God sends me!” Such faith is Diamond’s consistent gift to our Campus Ministry! This family of sisters reflects faith and a love of serving others. The D.C. Mission Trip and the Akabuaku family are a great match. The week in May will include serving meals to the homeless and working poor at Our Daily Bread and the Gales Mission. In addition, we will represent the College during our visits to our Ohio senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, where we will discuss social justice issues dealing with gun control, affordable housing, fair wages, mental health, human trafficking, immigration and decency in the political arena. A three-day seminar with the United Board of Methodists, located next to the Supreme Court Building, will introduce us to individuals who have experienced being trafficked or discriminated against because of immigration practices. The week will include flying from Columbus to D.C. via Southwest Airlines, staying at the Harrington Hotel in the heart of D.C., prayerful study and reflection on the Gospel of Luke and the Psalms, visits to chosen sites, and of course a fun time with adventures of transportation on the amazing D.C. Metro. Faculty member Kathryn Ross and her husband Mark will join us, along with students Oluwaseun Kuteyi and Janelle Reichley from the Lancaster campus, Columbus State student Kennedi Jones, and Dr. O’Shaughnessy and her husband Dr. J. Robert Padberg. The three sisters are grateful to those who make the funding of this trip possible including a college faculty member and the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Grants are awarded to the Downtowners Campus Ministry serving downtown colleges and universities, which includes the Mount Carmel College of Nursing since 1973.

Submitted by Dr. Ellen O’Shaughnessy, D.Min., Director of Campus Ministry

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