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06-07-2014


Main Street Baptist Church Works with UC’s Mountain Outreach

 


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.— Members from Main Street Baptist Church (MSBC) in Williamsburg spent this past week—June 2-6—assisting University of the Cumberlands (UC) Mountain Outreach in building homes.

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. The foundation for the house had already been laid and the framework was being pieced carefully together. MSBC’s pastor, Bill Wright was among those working so diligently this past week.

“I might not be the best at this type of work but I am here to give it my best shot for this deserving family,” said Wright. “I have been helping out with MO for about four years now and the things they do for others are absolutely incredible. Marc Hensley really has a good program going and I am glad I can be a part of this crew today.”

The family that will receive this house had their own home burn down a while back and they have since lived in a rent house where monthly rent was almost more than they could afford to pay considering their financial state.

“The family we are building this house for have shown up on site several days that we have been out here working and have picked up wheelbarrows and helped haul the debris off from their burnt home,” said Hensley. “This shows their character and is great confirmation that we chose the right family who truly deserves this home.”

UC Baseball Coach Brad Shelton and MSBC member came out to lend a helping hand and brought along his two sons, Clay and Tyler. The young boys did not just sit back and observe the home being built. They asked questions, grabbed a hammer and nails, and jumped right in and took part. Tyler listened and watched as UC’s Football Coach and MSBC member Matt Rhymer demonstrated how to use the team’s new nail gun which was donated by UC alum and Senco sales representative Andrew Hill, to nail the framework of the home.

“I have been working with Mountain Outreach a little over three years,” said Rhymer. “But I have been doing this kind of work my entire life. It is nice to get to help others and see volunteers giving up their time. Three of our UC football players are on the MO team and are here today so I’m glad they are here working with us too.”

Hensley says the home should be finished and ready to occupy by the end of July. The three bedroom home in Canadatown has light fixtures and appliances that were personally selected by the family which makes the house feel even more at home for them. From now until mid-July, there will be different church teams and volunteers taking part in the building of this home along with other various MO projects around the community.

“This family has a lot of people who have helped make this home possible for them,” said Hensley. “A church from Georgia will be here next week along with many other churches, UC students and staff, and community volunteers. This is God working. There is no doubt, this is God working.”

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 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.