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Mount Hermon Baptist Helps Mountain Outreach


Williamsburg, Ky. – Every year, in the beginning of June, the University of the Cumberlands (UC) Mountain Outreach (MO) program is gearing up for another summer full of service to the Lord in their pursuit to carry out His actions. In their opening week of having mission teams’ join them to build homes; MO welcomed Mount Hermon Baptist Church from Danville, VA to town.

“I am glad the Lord has called upon me to participate on this trip,” said Mount Hermon Church member Dwayne Moser. “It’s a blessing to be allowed to do this and allow God to use us to build these homes for those in need.”

Every year Mount Hermon goes on several mission trips all around the world including Honduras, Cambodia, etc. However, this summer the church is focusing in on Southeastern Kentucky. The church’s Pastor Danny Davis (’78) and his wife Sandy Davis (’79) are both alumni of UC and for the past year Pastor Davis has felt a conviction to return to the Appalachia area to do mission work.

“I’m really proud of the work Mountain Outreach does,” said Davis. “Marc Hensley is passionate about his mission and the students are great. I am proud of my folks for coming out to provide help by giving of themselves with a mission’s heart.”

The group has been working at the London, Kentucky site and has been able to make a tremendous difference. In a collaborated effort, Mount Hermon and MO have been able to get the sides on the house built and are currently in the process of building the porch that will extend along three sides.

“Faith led me to come on this trip because for the past few months I had been doubting Christ and wondering why it was taking Him so long to answer my prayers,” said Jerry Shepherd. “This trip is something I desperately needed to help me build my trust up with Him.”

Mount Hermon Baptist has a busy schedule during the summer months with mission trips in Southeastern Kentucky occurring on five different occasions. In two weeks the church’s youth group will be traveling from Virginia down to Canada Town, in Whitley County, Kentucky, to help with Vacation Bible School while another group is scheduled to return to lend a hand with Mountain Outreach again in the beginning of July.

“We go all over doing mission work and what sets Mountain Outreach apart from other mission teams is that they put God first,” said Mike Smyth. “This group works with you hand in hand as a cohesive group instead of standing back to watch.”

Mountain Outreach has been nationally recognized for its work several times: the Action Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty selected it as one of ten charities to receive the Samaritan Award; USA Today noted the program in its “Make a Difference Day” competition; and President George H. Bush honored Mountain Outreach as his 220th Daily Point of Light.

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.