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06-24-2009


Hillcrest Baptist Church Again Teams with University of the Cumberlands’ Mountain Outreach

 


Kim Carpino and Lucas Morgan apply insulation to the ceiling of a Mountain Outreach home.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — For the fourth year, volunteers from Hillcrest Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., traveled to Whitley County to join forces with University of the Cumberlands’ building ministry, Mountain Outreach. During the week of June 15, eighteen members of the youth group and 7 adult volunteers from Hillcrest installed insulation and dry wall in one of three homes that Mountain Outreach students and volunteers are constructing this summer.

 


Dr. Bob Burns, youth director of Hillcrest Baptist Church, enjoys a well-deserved rest.

The youth group is led by Bob Burns, a Lexington veterinarian, who loves young people and ministers to them by helping to bring out their best. Dr. Burns, who owns and operates Boston Road Animal Clinic, says that working with the youth of Hillcrest is his way of saying thank you for all that God has done for him.

Kim Carpino, who just turned eighteen, has been coming on this mission trip for four years. In spite of soaring temperatures and oppressive humidity, Carpino wore a cumbersome fiber coverall over her work clothes, but her protective face mask could not begin to cover her wide smile. When asked why she chose to spend a week of her summer this way, she replied, “I have always liked to help. I’ve not had a lot in my life, and I want to help others who do not have much. I want to show God’s love to others.” She said that she loves Hillcrest, which she found about six years ago, because the people are so accepting. She enjoys the work with Mountain Outreach—especially installing insulation in the walls and ceilings of the homes, and she also enjoys worship with the youth group in the evenings. “Each year, I like to learn how to do one new thing. I like to get my hands right in.” However, this is the second year she has done insulation. “Most people don’t like doing the insulation, but I love it,” Carpino said.

Marshall Langley, when asked what it is like to be the “most experienced” of the group, quickly responds, “I’m not the most experienced—I’m just the oldest.” Langley, 79, a retired building supplier, said that he has been coming with the group for three years, and that he has learned a lot. His face and voice filled with concern when he spoke of America’s young people. “We have to give more time and attention to our children, and we must give our children credit for what they do.” He praised the work and dedication of his young co-workers. Despite a heart attack, a serious fall and multiple additional health problems in the last six months, Langley was determined to make this trip with the youth group. “I just love coming here. It keeps me young.”

Mountain Outreach is a student-led organization that, at the end of the summer will have built 132 homes in 26 years. Throughout the year, the group also constructs wheelchair ramps and makes other small repairs and renovations for local residents, who, for physical or financial reasons, cannot make the home improvements themselves.