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UC Students Serve on Acts 1:8 Team


Williamsburg, Ky. - The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) take great pride in the work they have done and continue to do for the Lord. One ministry in particular that is making a difference in the Southern Baptist community is the Acts 1:8 Team. There are teams in BCM’s all across the state and they are all carefully selecting members to represent their university who possess Christian values, good morals, leadership qualities, and who have a yearning to go out and tell everyone about God’s everlasting love.

The University of the Cumberlands currently has three members in their Acts 1:8 team and these three ladies are spreading the gospel in their designated churches as well as abroad. This is an outstanding leadership experience for students and an opportunity for them to grow in Christ and share God with others around the globe. UC’s members are Sarah England (Lexington, KY serving FBC Murray, KY and Zimbabwe), Sara Donahue (Harlan, KY serving FBC Shelbyville, KY and Russia), and Julie Paris (Ashland, KY serving Bowling Green, KY and Greece). These three ladies will be visiting Southern Baptist churches in the state of Kentucky and then go international with God’s word and seek the lost souls and strive to bring them to salvation.

Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.” The team adopted the name of this Bible verse as an inspiration to fulfill exactly as God has asked his followers to do.

The Acts 1:8 Team sets team and personal goals and it is essential that they meet them in order to be successful and serve God to their fullest potential. There are four goals that they remind themselves to always set out to accomplish. The first goal is to reach out and share the gospel with people in our Kentucky Baptist churches and internationally and grow in Christ Jesus. The second goal is to develop leadership skills during their travels and experiences. The third goal the team tries to achieve is becoming a part of a community and helping build it and the church in Christ. They need to lead the people and the church families in the right direction and help them find meaning and value God’s messages. The final goal is to master how to truly serve in missions and find their heart in their service.

UC student and praise band drummer, Caleb McDonald, is a proud supporter of Acts 1:8 and the positive work the UC Christian family is providing across Kentucky and abroad. Although he is not a member of UC’s team, he has witnessed Acts 1:8 teams in action at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Kentucky where his father is the youth minister. “The Acts 1:8 team changed the overall demeanor of the First Baptist Church in Shelbyville in a very good way,” explained, Caleb. “Sunday mornings became less reserved which was a positive effect on our members."

The University of the Cumberlands have participated in the Acts 1:8 team ministry since it first began and have been going strong and changing lives ever since. “This is an amazing ministry that is growing,” gushed, UC’s BCM Director, Dean Whitaker. “More people are learning about it and are becoming more interested in what the teams are doing. UC has a great team of ladies working for God this summer so we should expect great things.”

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.