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North Carolina Church Group Volunteers with Mountain Outreach


First Baptist Church of Summerfield targeted their summer mission for Williamsburg, KY, helping the construction ministry Mountain Outreach in completion of a new home for an underprivileged family.

Spending the week of July 11 - July 15, this is the group's first time working with Mountain Outreach. However, volunteer Roy Byrd reports that this is not the church's first experience with mission work, "We've done other mission trips, we do a lot of disaster relief on the coast of North Carolina, we have also been to Alaska, Honduras three times, and Cuba."

Although the group has had several mission experiences the purpose has not faded. Byrd says the mission touches many of the volunteers in action, demonstrating to them how God has blessed them and how He blesses others, "I think we will take back a good sense of accomplishment, it shows how fortunate we are for what God has given us. I think that it stresses that, it brings us down to a reality of how fortunate we are and how much we've been blessed no matter what situation we're in."

The Mountain Outreach program started in 1982 when a local Cumberland student decided to show a friend though the mountains of southeastern Kentucky. The friend, who came from a middle-class family, was shocked to see the amount of poverty and lack of running water, electricity and sanitation. Deciding that something needed to be done, the two students started helping others improve their living condition, which formed what we know now as Mountain Outreach.