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UC student shares experiences in Haiti


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Caleb Hetrick, a senior at University of the Cumberlands (UC) spent 8 weeks this past summer at Cedarcrest Camp in Baghdad, Ky. and Neply, Haiti.

Hetrick’s experience was based out of the 1:8 Leadership Experience, a program of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, which develops leaders for Christ from among college students by guiding their ministry for a summer. Caleb was a part of the 12-member 1:8 One Life Team.

Hetrick served as a counselor at Cedarcrest Camp and taught children about Christ through worship, recreation, and other activities. While in Haiti, he spent his time painting houses, helping with a feeding program, and helping to teach an English class. He also spent time in Haiti leading a VBS and soccer camp for children.

Hetrick decided to go on this mission trip because he wanted to learn more about what goes on in other countries, and what the need is like there. He wanted the opportunity to spread the word and love of Christ overseas to children and anyone else he should happen to meet.

“My first mission trip taught me everything I wanted to know about the need overseas,” said Hetrick. “Some of the people had nothing to eat, some of them had no real home, and nobody there had the resources to change their situation. Now that I have been there, I cannot stay in America and live a life of ease. God has called me to go to some place like Haiti and give myself and my love to show His love to them.”

Caleb is originally from Richmond, Ky. where he attended Broadway Baptist Church with his parents, Mike and Louetta Hetrick. He is double majoring at UC in Business/Communications and Missions/Ministry with a minor in Biblical Languages. Caleb spends time each week leading a bible study about speaking the truth in love. After graduation Hetrick plans to work for about a year before attending the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics in Dallas.

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; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.