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Church Groups Spend Week Helping Mountain Outreach


Williamsburg, Ky. – Often it’s hard to find a missions program that offers so much to the community and those helping to serve. The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Mountain Outreach (MO) program provides both, as it continually works to improve the Appalachia area and minister the word of God to all those involved. This week MO, along with Weatherly Heights Baptist Church (Huntsville, AL) and Main Street Baptist Church (Williamsburg, KY), have been hard at work constructing houses throughout the community in the blistering hot sun.

In Acts 20:35 it stats, “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.”


This is the third consecutive year that Main Street Baptist has participated in the MO summer program. The Church also helps out with different projects throughout the year as they arise.

“To follow Christ, He calls us to help others to witness and share His gospel,” said Main Street Baptist Pastor Bill Wright. “It’s Biblical to serve and for us to be faithful to Christ helping out the community, state, and nation is a good thing to do. The glory goes to the Lord and I’m thankful we have a Church that reaches out to serve others.”

Weatherly Heights Baptist is now entering its 23rd year of lending their services to the MO project and the Appalachia area. Gail Coultr helped organize the church to start coming to Williamsburg back when they first started in 1989. Now the church is currently working on their 25th house overall.

“We feel like we get to help a lot of families that are in need,” said Steve Pinke, Weatherly Heights Trip Coordinator. “Many of these families have first generation high school graduates and we feel providing them a home plays a part in that.”

During the week the two groups were at different construction sites, with Main Street working tirelessly at the Junction 204 site and Weatherly Heights putting in countless hours at the Cane Creek site. The two groups have worked on putting up the sides of the houses and other projects needing completion on the houses as they go.

“I help to raise the money for the Mountain Outreach program to be able to be able to build these homes,” said Assistant to UC President and Main Street Baptist member Ed McGrath. “It’s rewarding to be on the other end and get to see all the houses being built. The process starts with the generosity of donors and ends with the generosity of volunteers that do hands on work.”

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.