A star is born without sight was last updated 17 April 2004
Out of Sight Ministries "...Her
enthusiasm
Mindy's ministries as a Vocalist, Narrator and Blindness Educator and youthful spirit are appealing, and her desire to make a difference is exemplary."

MINDY HARTMAN IS A DYNAMIC INDIVIDUAL with a variety of talents and a keen interest in serving the Lord. She was born and raised in Chambersburg, PA and has been totally blind since birth. Mindy attended public school and sang her first solo in second grade. She also began educating others about blindness at an early age, answering the questions of classmates and brailling their names for them.

At the age of fourteen, Mindy accepted Christ as her personal Savior. Since that time, she has been involved in music ministry at Mount Pleasant United Brethren Church where she met and became the student of Brien Mosior, her first voice teacher. Mindy has also studied under Margaret Weeks, and she is currently taking lessons from Paula Hepfer at the Cumberland Valley School of Music.

As a student at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Mindy sang in the Glee Club and read prose and poetry in forensics competitions for three years. She became a member of the National Forensics League and went on to compete in the national tournament in Topeka, Kansas, during her senior year.

Mindy also found plenty of activities to keep her busy outside of school. Since the fall of 1994, she has been a member of Living Miracles, a choir of young people directed by Doris Ortman and affiliated with Camp Joy-El. She has also readily accepted solo engagements including full-length programs whenever the opportunity presented itself. In the spring of 1996, Mindy was the winner of the Franklin County Sunday School Association's teen talent contest. It was also during this time that Mindy became a volunteer narrator, recording braille books on cassette for the free lending library of the Gospel Association for the Blind. She later became a narrator for the Lutheran Library for the Blind and commenced recording the Lutheran Woman's Quarterly in 2001.

Mindy attended classes at Shippensburg University and has also participated in Liberty University's External Degree Program. She is reaching out to others in her community by working as a volunteer with Pregnancy Ministries and Hospice. She is also working to expand her music ministry and to help educate people of all ages about blindness.

"I just want to make a difference," Mindy says.


Tributes

"I am delighted to share with you our gratefulness to Mindy for all the hard work and dedication in volunteering her beautiful voice. She has recorded on cassette many of the library's inspirational braille books. The feeling she puts into the words that she is reading is amazing and appreciated by our many readers." George and Holly Montanus, President and Secretary for the Gospel Association for the Blind, Bunnell, Florida.

"I highly recommend Mindy for your church or group. I have enjoyed working with her as her accompanist whenever I have visited the Chambersburg area and also when we have performed together at other venues. Not only does she have a very fine voice, she also has the heart of one who is willing to serve the Lord in any way she can. Mindy's presentation is real and transparent, and you will be blessed and encouraged by what she has to share.." Duncan Holmes, Professional Pianist, Fredericksburg, TX.

"Mindy has a real gift for dealing with people. The students in our school loved having her come and read to them. They wanted to know all about Braille and what it's like to be blind. Mindy answered every question they had at a level they could understand. It was a wonderful experience for everyone involved!" Sara Mullenix, third-grade teacher, Greencastle, PA.

"Mindy has a lovely, soprano voice and a poignant delivery. She moves me every time I hear her sing." Paula B. Hepfer, Cumberland Valley School of Music Program Director, Chambersburg, PA.

"Mindy knows and loves the Lord of whom she sings, and this is communicated in her music. Her enthusiasm and youthful spirit are appealing, and her desire to make a difference is exemplary." Bob Rathbun, Pastor, Lowell, MA.

"Dealing with vision loss is made easier with Mindy as an example of what can be done with no vision at all. She uses her other gifts in a very positive way to inspire and encourage. Our organization is lucky to have her as a member." Jim Fennen, Outreach Worker for the Franklin County Association for the Blind.
Mindy would love to serve you! Make arrangements for her to come to your school or to a Lions Club or Scout troop meeting to educate and entertain you as she openly discusses her experiences with blindness. Ask her to read to children at a daycare center, public library, or request that she plan a program for nursing home residents. Invite her to share her testimony in song at your church, or call her when you need special music for banquets or weddings.

Mindy looks forward to hearing from you!