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UC Students Serve in Guatemala


Williamsburg, Ky. - Many of the students from University of the Cumberlands (UC) have chosen to dedicate their lives and time to those who need it the most. This is not an uncommon thing at UC and some are continuing to make a difference and take a stand for God even after graduation.

UC graduate and North American Mission Board semester missionary, LeAnn Wright, has dedicated herself to not only working as a campus ministries intern for UC but as a grateful servant of Jesus Christ in Guatemala. Wright, along with UC students Sarah Becker (Soddy- Daisy, TN) and Mary Jewell Allen (Manchester, KY), journeyed to San Cristobal in Guatemala to stay at the Prince of Peace Home for Girls. The woman and children who call this place home have found refuge from abusive situations and human trafficking. The UC missionaries spent a large portion of their stay building trusting relationships with the tattered women and playing with the other girls and children who resided there.


“We loved it,” said LeAnn Wright. “They completely stole our hearts. It is sad that all of them come from backgrounds of abuse or neglect.”

The missionaries made play- doh and bubble solution with the children and cooked a meal and a snack with the women. They served there two mornings and conducted a Bible study each morning that spoke to both the woman and children. The ladies who live at Prince of Peace earn money by making beautiful jewelry, bags, and aprons. Then, they sell their handmade goods to Women at Risk, an organization that raises money for woman who have been abused or trafficked.

“These women and children are so beautiful and precious,” expressed Wright.

Every Sunday, they took basic food supplies up on the mountain to pass out to the widows and single mothers who were severely impoverished. It is difficult for anyone to have to witness people, especially children, suffer or show signs of a traumatic lifestyle. UC has been blessed with missionaries such as Sarah, Mary Jewell, and LeAnn, and the work they have accomplished in Guatemala, has touched lives in more ways than even they probably realize.

“I fell in love with Guatemala, said, Wright. “I really want to go back!”

Students and former students of the University of the Cumberlands are constantly on the move for Christ and ready to spread the love and gospel in His name. With wonderful services such as KBC, BCM, NAMB, Mountain Outreach, personal mission trips, and much more, there are numerous opportunities that students and others interested can dedicate themselves to when they are feeling called to serve.

“I was very thankful for the leadership skills these students and graduate demonstrated,” said UC’s BCM Director, Dean Whitaker. “They worked extremely hard to prepare for this trip and I am very proud of them.”

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; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit