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Hillcrest Baptist Lends a Helping Hand


Members of the Hillcrest Baptist Church posed for a group picture before leaving from a week long project with Mountain Outreach at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – A team from Hillcrest Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky volunteered with University of the Cumberlands’ Mountain Outreach last week, building homes in Southeast Ky.

This is the 6th year that the church has sent a group and made the trip to participate in the program.

“This is something our group can do for a mission trip and it’s a volunteer event to help others for the week,” said Reta Burns, wife of the Youth Director. “We do fundraisers throughout the year to pay for the trip.”

Through the different fundraising activities like a spaghetti dinner, a silent auction, and a Valentine Banquet the group’s expenses for the trip get covered.

“I love working for the Lord and the kids,” exclaimed Paul Coomer, a volunteer from the church. “It’s a blessing to be out here to teach the kids and serve the Lord.”

Many of the youth group members in attendance have been coming every year since the church’s first trip. When Lauren Hill, a member of the youth group, was asked why she comes each year her reply was, “I get to help others and do God’s work.”

One family that really believes in the mission of Mountain Outreach is Steve Moscoe, his wife and two kids. They have been coming to help out for the last four years.

Youth Director Bob Burns said, “The neat thing about coming is getting to meet the people of the home and being a blessing to them.”

The church helped build a home with Mountain Outreach through Thursday June 30. They received a visit on Wednesday June 29 from their Pastor Tony Hancock who is also a board member at University of the Cumberlands.

“You can’t save them all but you can save some,” explained Pastor Hancock. “Cumberlands is all about saving people one by one and making a difference.”

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.