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Baptist Campus Ministries hosts Fall Awakening at Cumberlands


UC’s Baptist Campus Ministries drama team, The Disciples, performs behind a large pile of shoes during Tuesday night’s Fall Awakening service. The shoes were donated by more than a hundred UC students after hearing about “Barefoot Sunday,” a ministry designed to provide shoes to those in need in developing countries.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Palmer Chinchen, pastor of The Grove church in Chandler, Ariz., and Jey Mbiro from Compassion International led worship at University of the Cumberlands (UC) during Fall Awakening week, Sept. 12-14.

The Fall Awakening revival is an annual three-day event hosted by Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) that is all about helping the students on campus grow and mature in their faith. A big part of Chinchen’s message was about inspiring students to live differently, go where no one else will go and do something incredible for God today.

“Give your life away to change this world and God will change you,” said Chinchen, noting that it only takes one person to make a difference.

Chinchen demonstrated two simple ways that students could make a difference. He spends his summers in Africa and Haiti donating shoes to people who do not own any. The shoes are collected through “Barefoot Sundays,” when people are invited to go without shoes for one day and donate the shoes that they would have worn that day to people who have none.

At the end of the service on Monday, one student walked to the stage and donated her shoes, starting a trend as several more students followed suit. As of Wednesday afternoon, hundreds more had been donated. Tabitha Bradley (Somerset, KY), a UC freshman, said, “We tend to forget how important the basic essentials, such as shoes, are to others especially in Africa. We are used to having these basic things at our fingertips.”

Students also learned about an organization called Compassion International from Jey Mbiro. Compassion International, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., is a Christian child-development organization dedicated to releasing children from poverty. They do this through one-to-one child sponsorship. Through sponsorship, children are able to participate in a church-based program that offers them benefits from education to health care. Cumberlands students were given the opportunity to make a difference and donate to this organization at the end of service.

For more information on Barefoot Sundays go to For more information on Compassion International, visit

UC’s Baptist Campus Ministries allows students to participate in local, state and national events for spiritual growth and service. Students can serve on ministry teams that lead in worship, creative ministries, nursing home visitation, community outreach, campus outreach, and random acts of kindness, coffeehouse, media, missions, publicity and other teams.

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

Article Provided by Kayla Petit, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant