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UC Alum and Current Staff Member serves Africa through ISF


Williamsburg, KY.,- If you had asked University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) 2011 alum Jordyne Gunthert (Weatherford, TX) about her future during her time as a student, she likely would have mentioned a potential career in television or theatre. After earning her degree with majors in communication arts and theatre, she embraced a full-time position in the UC Office of Admissions – little did she know that God would send her on another journey as well: international missions.

On July 17th through 30th, Gunthert will be traveling with the International Sports Federation (ISF) to Kenya, Africa where she will help restore hope and share the love of God with the people through sports missions.

“I absolutely love the fact that I have been blessed with the opportunity to come back to University of the Cumberlands to work in Admissions,” explained Gunthert. “I feel I have grown so much as a person and as a Christian while working at UC. My director, Erica Harris, is amazing and is so supportive of the desire of her staff to serve God domestically and internationally.”

ISF is a faith-based non-profit organization that seeks to change the world and spread God’s word through sports. There is a universal attraction to sports that encourages a connection among people from all around the world. Through that connection, ISF volunteers share their faith and reach out to people in other cultures. Many missionaries seeking to bless the people in other countries often return with an even bigger blessing for themselves.

Gunthert (Hawk Creek Church, London, KY) first experienced third world missions when she traveled to Kenya, Africa last summer with 127 Worldwide. When her friend, colleague, and fellow UC alum Amanda Walton (Knoxville, TN) began coming to work emotionally and spiritually enthused about her mission trips to Africa and sharing life-altering stories, Gunthert felt God giving her a nudge to step forward and serve His people in Kenya.

“Amanda’s energy and passion for Africa is contagious!” joked Gunthert. “She truly has inspired me. God’s love shines through her and it is beautiful. After I first saw a 127 Worldwide video, it had me intrigued and the actual experience of working with kids in Kenya last summer was amazing. When I left, I didn’t think I would have the opportunity to return…until now.”

The preparation for Gunthert’s journey began when Walton received a phone call from ISF. ISF had a mission team traveling to Kenya, Africa but were in need of a replacement leader for the project. Trusting Walton’s judgment, they asked her if she knew anyone who would be a good fit for the role. Walton immediately thought of Gunthert and rushed off the phone to tell her. For Gunthert, there was never a second thought.

Gunthert will be traveling with three ladies to Kenya through ISF. As project coordinator, she’ll help guide her teammates culturally and work closely with the ministry partners while in-country. While the primary purpose is to conduct volleyball clinics for the local high schools, the team will also conduct Vacation Bible School activities, teach English and share the gospel.

“This will be my first leadership role,” said Gunthert. “I have coordinated events before and have spoken at events but never anything quite like this. I know this will be a great learning experience.”

Gunthert’s final comments are a stirring call to her colleagues, UC students and the Christian community. “We have been blessed with certain gifts and God will give us the opportunity to use them,” said Gunthert. “We all need to remember to not be afraid to be shaken out of apathy. Don’t be afraid to see what’s beyond you—Go help! We let fear keep us from being extraordinary. Trust God; He will lead you. Let Him!”

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