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Flynn Paul, Jenna Rose and Jenna Hensley, from Main Street Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Ky. served this week with University of the Cumberlands’ building ministry Mountain Outreach. Shown here with UC’s Patriot Pride, the teens spent the week hanging insulation and painting trim and doors on a home that will be completed by the end of summer.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.— Members from Main Street Baptist Church in Williamsburg spent this past week—June 17-21—assisting University of the Cumberlands (UC) Mountain Outreach in building homes. The group of 17 did everything from painting to hanging drywall and siding.

Close proximity to the University as well as many church members made up of faculty and staff gives Main Street a strong connection to UC and its ministries. However, that is not the main reason the group volunteers with the building ministry.

“Primarily we do it because Christ instructs us, as His disciples, to be salt and light in the world,” said Main Street Pastor Bill Wright. “We have to get out and be a positive influence, let our words reflect Him.” Wright also said that need motivates them to volunteer, and Mountain Outreach meets a definite need for adequate housing in Appalachia.

“We want to help others in Christ’s name,” said Wright. “If we love God we can’t turn away when we see needs.”

The week is a learning experience for all involved, in more ways than one, Wright explained. While some of the volunteers have building experience, others are taking on building tasks for the first time, under the watchful eyes of the experienced Mountain Outreach staff. More importantly, though, the group also grows as disciples, learning to serve. Despite some not knowing everything about building, church members were heavily involved, some cooking and delivering food to workers, and some painting doors and trim, which a group of youth did.

“There’s something everybody can do,” said Wright.

University of the Cumberlands’ Mountain Outreach is a student-led building organization that has been nationally recognized for its work: The Acton 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; President George H. Bush honored Mountain Outreach as his 220th Daily Point of Light; University of the Cumberlands is ranked as one of the top schools by Washington Monthly because of the service its students provide to the community; and the University continues to be placed on the President’s “Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll” in recognition of our students’ commitment to community service. This is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for dedication to community-based service projects.

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; 10 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