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Outtakes Around the Lakes: A most remarkable young lady

Frank Weaver Jr.
Suburbanite correspondent
New Franklin resident Nina Wilson cares for an infant as part of performing missionary work in Haiti.

She's 23 years old, attractive and single with long brown hair and deep blue eyes who has already been to many different countries.

“They say all who wander are not necessarily lost,” she says, “which is good, because I've wandered a lot.

“Starting in the second grade and until I graduated from high school, I was part of a choral group. When we visited western Canada, California, the Southern United States and the New England states, I was simply thrilled. Five of those years were spent in a touring choir that traveled internationally every other year.”

She paused to collect her thoughts for a moment and then continued. “Then there was an opportunity for the choir, of which I was still a member, to visit Europe and I was beyond being thrilled. Countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic,” she said.

It didn't take a rocket scientist to see she was highly excited just talking about it.

“These tours were a whirlwind of traveling, performing and eating cheap foods from all over the world,” she said, and then thinking about it again, she added, “the touring choir is probably where my initial love of traveling began.”

At the age of 17 New Franklin's Portage Lakes resident, Nina Wilson, had already lived in Africa for a month. She visited Haiti not just once, but twice, before moving there on her own. The first time was with a missionary youth group. The second time was by herself. That was when she discovered a great need for missionary help.

Since her dream of becoming a missionary was still a dream, it became tempting. And so the next time she moved to Haiti, it was for six months when she was between the ages of 18 and 19. Raising her own funding for transportation and other necessities, she was hired as an intern. Nina ran their sponsorship program, assisted at the medical clinic, and gave compassionate attention and loving care to an infant as well as help guide and translate Creole for the many new teams that visited the program known as Children's Lifeline.

“I've always wanted to be a missionary,” Nina said, “ever since I was so much younger. My cousins' other aunt, Kim, had traveled to Africa and when she told me all about her trip it sparked something in me.”

Coming home she found a job making coffee and cappuccino at SpeakEasy, a Christian oriented coffee house in the middle of Canal Fulton. Beside serving refreshing non-alcoholic beverages, they also serve home baked goodies. She added that “her Grandpa loves their home made cinnamon rolls.”

Returning from Haiti when she discovered her parents were thinking of taking a ten month boat trip, circumnavigating the eastern United States through 18 states, she planned to stowaway. In reality, they wanted her to join them and so they invited her. With her experience as a nanny, she was a welcomed addition. With her youngest sister requiring much medical attention, she gives her mom, Wendy, and dad, Bobby Wilson, a much needed break every now and then.

In her spare time, she loves to sing and play guitar. When she isn't doing that, she's working with her dad in the family business performing administrative skills.

And each night before retiring Nina makes sure to remember those less fortunate children in foreign countries. After all, who knows? Someday she could return to continue her missionary work.

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