WHY WE SERVE
Washington Street UMC Soup Cellar
MSN partners with Washington Street UMC to serve Columbia’s homeless community with a free lunch every day.
What you will do: Serve sweet tea and lemonade to the patrons making them feel welcome in the church.
Days: Monday - Friday
Times: 10:45a.m. - 12:15p.m. (feel free to come and go as your schedule permits)
Location: 1401 Washington Street, Columbia, SC (meet at MSN at 10:45 to ride over)
Virginia Wingard Food Pantry
What you will do: Load bags of food into patron's cars who come to the food pantry. Engage in fellowship and service.
Times: 12:45-2:00 PM
Location: 1500 Broad River Road
If interested in this please email us at !
What you will do: You will be paired with one middle or high school student who needs extra help with homework. Subjects include math, english, writing, and science.
Days: One day per week (decided between mentor and mentee)
"He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." - Mark 16:15
Mission work is central to MSN. Each year we take three domestic mission trips, and two international mission trips. All trips vary in service, location and cost. Recent trips have been to Malawi, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Canada.
Q: Why go abroad when there is so much work at home?
A: We believe that both at home missions, as well as abroad missions are equally as important. There is lots of work to do in all areas of the world, and God calls us not only to serve in our own communities, but also to take the Gospel to all of the nations.
Q: Who do you work with when you are abroad?
A:MSN is partnered with missionaries and missions around the world to provide for the exact needs of the community we are serving.
Q: What do you do while abroad?
A: The most common service we provide is an optometry clinic with equipment and training from Kendall Optometry Ministries, giving out glasses to those in remote areas. We also set up Vacation Bible School and a hygiene clinic for children of the community.
Q: I’ve never traveled abroad before, is that okay?
A: Most MSNers have not traveled abroad prior to their first MSN mission trip. We welcome all new students and new travelers to join us in service.
Q: Are the trips supervised?
A: Experienced mission staff and faculty of the University supervise all trips.
A: Due to gracious donors and fundraising, MSN trips are very affordable. There are also scholarships provided by the school to help subsidize individuals desiring to go on trips. For more information on funding, please email .