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01-23-2014


Dr. Floyd Paris speaks at UC’s Franklin P. Owen Missions Conference

 


Williamsburg, Ky. – Dr.Floyd Paris, missionary to Africa, spoke on the mission work in Uganda at the 10th annual Franklin P. Owen Missions Conference at the University of the Cumberlands (UC) on January 21, 2014.

Moyo,Uganda is a remote place where the people need the love of God. Dr. Paris spoke of the people with compassion. He read from the Bible about sharing Jesus’ love through deeds and truth. Dr. Paris also read from verses in the Bible, specifically Acts 1:8, which tell Christians to be witnesses everywhere.

“Either you’re a missionary or a mission field,” said Paris.

The mission work being done through the United Christian Expedition (UCE), a non-profit organization started by Dr. Paris, includes: providing education and funds for nursery schools, sponsoring kids at the schools, vocational training, and spreading the gospel through evangelism, pastoral and discipleship training, and church planting. UCE also started two Penne Paris Nursery Schools in Laropi with 138 students and one in Panyanga with 80 students.

Dr. Paris relies on the Lord to provide the funding for the ministries that they do in Moyo. UCE’s website (unitedchristianexpeditions.com) allows for people to give $45 to provide a student with lunch and a quality education for a year and $50 for medical supplies to help 300 children who suffer from malaria.

“You can change the world with the change in your pocket,” said Dr. Paris.

The Penne Paris Memorial Fund is impacting the Western Nile Region in Uganda. The money given in honor of the late Penne Paris was decided how to be used by Penne and Dr. Paris’ children, Philip and Julie. Penne loved Uganda. On a mission trip there in 2010, Julie and Philip both wanted to help the children by helping them receive medical care and a good education. The importance of education to the Ugandan children is very meaningful. It gives them “hope for a better life,” said Dr. Paris.

“We try to be Jesus to them,” said Paris. “There’s opportunity here to change the world or someone else’s life by the way you live like Jesus Christ.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees 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 www.ucumberlands.edu.

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