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Pleasant Hill and Mountain Outreach Finish Local Home


Pleasant Hill youth group member, Andy Couch, digs a hole to install the septic system of a Kentucky home.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.- It took just five days for the youth group of Pleasant Hill First Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, to build two wheelchair ramps, assemble furniture and install appliances, plumbing and a septic system. The 27 Pleasant Hill volunteers worked with University of the Cumberlands’ Mountain Outreach program to finish out a home seven weeks in the making.

“We were looking for a summer mission’s project for the kids, and we asked the Lord what we could do,” said Mike Harper, the director of the youth group. “He called to mind my previous experiences with Mountain Outreach, and I got in touch with them through their website.”

Since the program's start in 1982, Mountain Outreach has constructed 126 homes for members of the surrounding communities. The ministry also makes needed home repairs and distributes donated clothing, shoes, coats, blankets, personal hygiene products and other items to meet the most basic of needs.

“It has been awesome since the first day we got here,” said Andy Couch, a youth group member and recent high school graduate. “Seeing [the homeowners’] eyes light up when we arrive everyday, you just know God is working in their hearts.”

The youth group alternates their summer vacations between attending camps and volunteering in missions. While immediate plans have not been made to return next year, the group members are eager for the chance to work with Mountain Outreach again.

“I would definitely come back,” said Couch. “It is a great environment with great people.”

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 118th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.