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The House that Love Built


Wards cutting ribbon.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – After giving up hope on ever receiving a new home, Mike and Tina Ward and their son Robert Bray were presented the keys to a brand new home in a Mountain Outreach house dedication service on June 30.

“There’s been so much going on, and I’m so excited, I can’t hardly remember my name,? explained Tina with a grin.

The Ward family was a second-time applicant for a University of the Cumberlands Mountain Outreach home. When they were denied the first time, the Wards were disappointed, but knew that the home was going to a deserving owner. When they applied the second time, the Wards were thrilled to learn that they had been chosen to receive a home.

Mike, Tina and Robert have suffered through many hardships, losing their home to a fire and being forced to live in an old trailer that was neither safe nor comfortable. €This is going to be a good start for us,? Said Mike. €It’s hard to explain what it means to us. You realize there are still a lot of good people out there. Prayers get answered,? Added Tina. The Wards explained that this new home is going to give them the fresh start that they so desperately need.

Marc Hensley, Mountain Outreach director thinks highly of the Ward family. €This is a good family, a working family. This is a classic example of a hand up, not a hand out,? Hensley explained, referring to how hard-working and deserving the Ward family is.

Four churches from across the Eastern United States joined with Uc’s Mountain Outreach to make this dream home a reality. During the dedication service, each member of the family was presented with a Bible and a homemade quilt. The family was also presented with a flag and a dedication plaque.

Psalm 127:1 was read during the dedication service, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vein.? The volunteers affectionately refer to the MO home as, “The House that Love Built.?