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First Church of God helps out Mountain Outreach


Members of the First Church of God from Van Wert, OH helped members of the summer team at University of the Cumberlands Mountain Outreach program finish a house in rural Appalachia.

Williamsburg, Ky. - The First Church of God from Van Wert, Ohio felt that God was calling them to help serve those in need in rural Appalachia Kentucky.

“It’s a fun and exciting experience to work on the houses and be able to serve God,” said Josh Hill.

This is the church’s first trip to Williamsburg, KY, to help with the University of the Cumberlands Mountain Outreach project. One family though, the Davis family, has been coming to help for the past four years. The group is helping to finish the house being built on Black Oak Road.

“Coming down here to serve is great,” exclaimed Pastor Jacob Watts. “Building the house is secondary, serving God is primary. That’s what Mountain Outreach stands for.”

In all a total of 16 people from the First Church of God decided to help out with the efforts. “When it was announced that the church was making the trip down, I told the family we were coming,” says Randy Grandstaff. “Something told me we needed to come; something was calling us to be here.”

Mountain Outreach is a University of the Cumberlands ministry, with students and volunteers building more than 130 homes and making repairs and renovations to hundreds more for 27 years.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.