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Alabama Churches Team Up with Mountain Outreach


Williamsburg, KY- University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Mountain Outreach (MO) team joined forces with members of Weatherly Heights Baptist Church (Huntsville, AL) and West Huntsville Baptist Church (Huntsville, AL), June 8-13, to give hope and comfort to a Laurel County family by helping to build a new home as part of MO’s summer home building project.

Mountain Outreach first caught the attention of Weatherly Heights Baptist Church when their church’s former Minister of Youth Education first organized an adult mission trip to construct a home with MO in 1986. Since then, Weatherly has come to Kentucky all but two years and has constructed new homes in the Williamsburg area with MO. They have also formed a great relationship with MO Director Marc Hensley. This year was no exception and they brought about 25 volunteers with them to help provide shelter for those in need.

“I’ve been coming up here to the Williamsburg area to work with Mountain Outreach for so many years that I’ve lost count,” said West Huntsville Baptist Church member Jim Walker. “I am a former member of Weatherly Heights Baptist Church which is where I first heard of MO. My wife and I love this area so much that we even bring our kids camping here from time to time. I love mission work and I am glad to be a part of MO when possible.”

Walker and his friend Steve Willoughby, who is also a member of West Huntsville Baptist Church, travel as much as their work schedule will allow in order to do God’s will and be of service to those who need it most. Willoughby and Walker were the only two volunteers from West Huntsville but they knew many of the other volunteers and worked well alongside them. Walker hauled his personal trailer all the way from Alabama to the work site, full of tools and equipment needed to work on the home. Although MO has a significant amount of its own equipment, it came in handy and was very generous of Walker.

This three bedroom home was being built by experienced builders, first timers, and kids so young one would assume it was their first time. Tom Ziggler, the 12 year old son of volunteer and Weatherly Heights Baptist Church member, was busy hammering the framework of the home and using the electric nail gun with the close supervision of the others workers.

“My brother and I have been coming here with our dad and our church for about six years now,” said Ziggler. “I enjoy this kind of work and I have learned a lot from my dad.”

Ziggler’s dad spoke of how his two young sons used to play in the grass and watch the MO homes be built in the previous summers. After so many years of observing the hard labor of building, they have taken great interest in participating as well as seeing the true meaning of their work.

The kind people of Weatherly Heights have found that they not only build homes for families in need when they travel to Williamsburg each summer, but during that week they build relationships with the members of their team. They claim the work is very hard but it makes them happy. Many of their church members try to plan their vacation time around their mission trips with MO and almost always become frequent volunteers of this area because they enjoy it so much.

University of the Cumberlands and Mountain Outreach are blessed to have the love, support, and service of the kind people from Weatherly Heights and West Huntsville Baptist Churches in Alabama and hope to continue the tradition in His name for years to come.

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