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Illinois church volunteers with Mountain Outreach


Volunteers of all ages put a porch on a home being built by University of the Cumberlands’ Mountain Outreach in Southeast Kentucky. The home is for a working family in need, and two churches, Bethel Baptist from Danville, Ill. and Weatherly Heights Baptist Church from Huntsville, Ala., sent teams to assist in the building.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – A team from Bethel Baptist church in Danville, Illinois volunteered with University of the Cumberlands’ Mountain Outreach last week, building homes in Southeast Ky.

Bethel Baptist has sent a group to Williamsburg, Ky. for the past “nine or 10 years,” said Mark Carpenter, pastor of the church. The church learned about the Mountain Outreach ministry through Albert Jones, former pastor of Bethel Baptist and an alumnus of the University.

During this trip, the church put up wall frames in one house and hung drywall in another. The team was made up of 15 Bethel Baptist church members, some with construction experience, and others with none, with ages ranging from the 20s to the 70s.

“It is a heartwarming opportunity to do this,” said Carpenter, of the building ministry. “We were working on this home for a family of four, soon to be five, and their four-year-old boy came up and tugged on my pants leg and said ‘that’s my house, and that’s going to be my room.’”

Mountain Outreach is a University of the Cumberlands ministry, with students and volunteers building more than 130 homes and making repairs and renovations to hundreds more for 27 years.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.