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07-03-2012


UC senior Kelsey Day serves summer mission trip in Belize

 


Day with the Pastor’s daughter, Rositta, during a VBS event.

Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) senior Kelsey Day (Harlan, Ky.) traveled to Big Falls, Belize to serve with the Family of God Ministry. Day was accompanied by her father Luke Day and four other UC students; the group served in Belize from May 9 through May 23.

Day first learned about the ministry from a fellow church member at Dione Baptist Church (Cumberland, Ky.). Brenda Creech started the Family of God Ministry in January 2012 after completing a two-week summer mission trip in Belize in 2010. Creech then rented a mission center in Big Falls and has now been serving there for two years.

 


Day and fellow UC students with their VBS class.

“Hearing about [her experience] every time she came back, my father and I got interested in going and helping with Brenda’s mission,” Day said; “Brenda Creech is the definition of a servant’s heart. I admire her obedience to God.”

Day along with her fellow UC classmates and other volunteers spent much of their time simply sharing the gospel with people. Day explained that many people in Big Falls had grown up learning Bible stories and Christian songs.

“What they don’t know is that they can have a personal relationship with Jesus,” Day said.

Day, her father and her friends held worship services in several churches throughout Big Falls. Day reported that her father spoke eight times in five different churches, all of various denominations. Day’s UC classmates perform in the worship band Oh!Divide, and were able to use musical abilities to lead worship during the services in these churches. In these experiences, Day enjoyed learning the different ways that Belizean people worship.

“It was such a different experience. Most of the people we met struggled to speak English. The dominant language there is the ancient Mayan language K’iche,” explained Day; “But worship in any language or style is still worship to God.”

Day also helped Creech host a weekly women’s Bible study at the mission center. About seven Belizean women regularly attended the study. Day truly valued ministering to these women.

“These women were precious. A few were saved and some were saved and some really began to ask questions,” said Day.

Day and the other UC students also held an eight-day backyard Bible study. The students organized lessons, games, and activities for the children. Day reported that twelve children attended the first day, and by the second day, attendance increased to nearly 40 children. She was excited to see this kind of turn out from the children in the village.

“These children craved attention. I hugged so many precious children. One thing is for sure, every opportunity we could we shared the gospel with these children,” Day said; “These children don’t have GameBoys, TV, or movie theatres. All the baths they take are in the local river. The families here live in poverty. I sincerely miss those precious children, and I still pray for them.”

Day and the other volunteers also went on four different prayer walks throughout the villages, stopping to pray for every home, family and individual they encountered. Day explained that these prayer walks were uncommon for the Belizeans; nevertheless, few children and adults from the different villages joined the group on the prayer walks. One evening, the group prayed for a specific elderly couple living in severe poverty. Day was particularly moved by the experience.

“[The couple] lived in a home with a mud floor and a thatch roof. They slept in a wooden bed with a mosquito net. The only light came from a light bulb hanging from the ceiling. The house was the size of a dorm room,” Day explained; “As we placed our hands on this couple and prayed for them aloud, tears filled the woman’s eyes because she was so moved.”

Day was stirred by the experiences she had while serving with the Family of God Ministry in Belize. She believes that the trip also taught her more about ministering to people.

“This experience was such a moving one in my life. I experienced a new culture, and I learned that in sharing the gospel, you don’t change the person into having the same Christian experience you have. You cannot make a person think like you; you must always get on their level,” Day said; “I loved Belize and I am so grateful for the opportunities I was able to have!”

Day encourages others to get involved with the Family of God ministries. Those who are interested in serving with the ministry can visit for more information.

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; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article Provided by Kristin Gotch, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletic Services Summer Assistant