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11-08-2005


BCM Lends a Helping Hand

Williamsburg, Ky. – The name Baptist Campus Ministries implies an organization dedicated to serving the campus on which it is located. For University of the Cumberlands’ chapter, service to the campus is a given, but the organization is equally well known for its service to the community and surrounding areas. Through various outreach programs, BCM extends its light into places far outside the reach of the University’s campus.

When asked about its campus ministry goals, BCM Director Dean Whitaker said, “There are lots of outlets for ministry. I want to look at the big picture.”

This year, BCM is teaming up with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) to send a group to Beach Reach. Beach Reach, a missions program, goes to popular spring break destinations and ministers in a variety of ways. The next Beach Reach will be held March 11-16, 2006 in South Padre Island, Texas, and it is a sure bet University of the Cumberlands will be represented.

Another integral part of Baptist Campus Ministries is the Appalachian Ministries program. Close to 60 students participate in youth outreach to area children. The weekly gathering involves the volunteers going out into the community and collecting children from their homes to talk about God in a fun and caring atmosphere.

Area churches can request an outreach group from BCM to come into their church to assist and organize various activities. Recently, a group was summoned to Central Baptist Church of Corbin, Ky., where they assisted in a “Disciple Now” program. Throughout the course of a weekend, volunteers stayed in a congregation member’s home and lead an in-depth bible study. Whitaker said, “We reach out to people where they are.”

It isn’t just a goal of the organization to spread its message. BCM desires to befriend the people it touches because, “by getting to know people you earn the right to share the Gospel with them,” said Whitaker. The program not only wants to minister to people because it’s the Christian thing to do, but it also desires them to know they are loved.

Whether it is a sunny beach in Texas, the beautiful mountains of Appalachia or an area church, BCM strives to spread the word and to show people love and fellowship. An organization dedicated to the traditional values of witnessing, caring, and following God’s word, BCM can always be counted on to lend a helping hand.