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Mindy Hartman

Mindy Hartman is a dynamic individual with a variety of talents
and a keen interest in serving the Lord. When her
seventeen-year-old brother, Aaron Hartman, died in an auto
accident in 2001 followed only a few months after by September
11th, she began to question what she was really doing with her
life. As a result, Out of Sight Ministries was born. Under that
umbrella, Mindy acts as a vocalist, narrator, blindness educator
and natural health advocate.

Mindy was born and raised in Chambersburg, PA and has been
totally blind since birth. She 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. At that time, she became 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 with the late Margaret Weeks, and she is currently a
student of Paula Hepfer at the Cumberland Valley School of
Music. She began attending Central Presbyterian Church in
Chambersburg in 2005 and sang in the choir there for a few years.

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. In the Fall of 1994, she became a member of Living
Miracles, a choir of young people directed by Doris Ortman and
affiliated with Camp Joy-El. She sang with that group until the
end of the 2004 concert season when the group disbanded. 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 through 2005.

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
helpline volunteer with Pregnancy Ministries since 2002, and she
became a member of the Green Township Lions Club in 2010. She is
also working to expand her music ministry and released her first
CD, Speak To Me Now, in November of 2010. She is also looking
for opportunities to help educate people of all ages about
blindness as well the role that lifestyle choices and alternative
medicine play in maintaining, and even regaining, health.

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

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
or 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! Her contact information
is as follows:

Mindy Hartman
Phone: (717) 496-4354

"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.

"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
George and Holly Montanus, President and Secretary for the Gospel
Association for the Blind, Bunnell, Florida.

"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.
"Once you hear Mindy's smooth, clear voice, you know she's a
gifted musician. Once you hear Mindy's heart, you know she's a
child of the King."
Floyd Moore, Minister of Music, Warren, 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.

I appreciate Mindy's ministry. She shared the Gospel in Word
and in song with a sweet spirit and sensitivity to the needs of
God's people. I wholeheartedly recommend her.
Paul Dunb
Bethany Evangelical Church, Carlisle, PA
Mindy Hartman, herself blind, helped my class "see" how a blind
person can function in our world. She demonstrated reading,
using her hands and a braille text, while she sang. My students
loved interacting with her and watching her type their names in
braille. Children and adults can be fearful of how to
communicate with people different than themselves, but Mindy
(demonstrating her faith in Jesus Christ) helped to bridge the
gap that had previously separated us from enjoying a unique and
special friendship. We want to have her back again!
Mrs. Beverly Shaffer
Fourth Grade Teacher
Heritage Academy
Hagerstown, MD