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UC student plans to travel to South Asia to spread God’s love


Williamsburg, KY- Although she knew missions was in God’s master plan for her future, University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) freshman and journalism major Lydia Huggins (Erwin, TN) feels beyond blessed for the opportunity to journey to South Asia to spread the gospel this summer. This unexpected trip will exceed her personal budget, but Huggins knows God will make a way.

“When I was in Italy doing missions, I felt God calling me to return,” said Huggins. “I thought that Europe is where God was going to lead me next but things changed and I have to go where God is calling me. The people of South Asia need the Lord and need to hear of His glory and promise of salvation. I am more than excited to go on this trip and fulfill God's will as a Christian and advocate for Christ.”


Huggins visited South Asia in 2008 with her family and was able to see Kingdom work through missionaries in areas where the knowledge of God’s love and hope were nearly absent. Huggins, who is a member of Unaka Avenue Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, has been patiently waiting on God’s call for an international trip in need of her services and she feels now is her time to go.

Huggins will travel to South Asia in May and stay until the end of July working with two other female volunteers through their denominational sending agency. The three young ladies will be housed together and will form a team to fulfill their work assignments. Huggins, who will fill the position as journalist, will work diligently with her photographer and videographer to capture the true essence of God’s glory as He works through the other student missions. The journalism team will be recording stories of students, workers in the field, and the other people they encounter, as well as their own experiences as they seek ways to serve. Huggins hopes to practice her journalist and communication skills while putting her faith on the front line as a Christian.

“While working as a journalist, I will have the opportunity to show Americans and fellow Christians exactly where their money is going and how missionaries are affecting the world,” said Huggins. “This way, I can share many more stories than just my own, providing various angles of testimonies. I am excited to travel and see how God is going to work through me to reach out and touch the people of South Asia.”

Her trip will cost nearly $5,000 which includes air fare, room and board. She needs the assistance of her fellow Christians to make this journey for Christ possible.

She would like to assemble a team of prayer partners who will pray for her and her team. Huggins will be doing Henna on UC’s campus in order to help fund her trip as well as teach the Bible through messages in the Henna art. Henna is a temporary art form of beautiful designs that women put on their hands and feet for special occasions in South Asia and other cultures.

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