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06-28-2005


Texas Chapel Choir Volunteers with Mountain Outreach

 


While on tour, Broadway Baptist Chapel Choir scheduled one of their target missions for Williamsburg, KY, helping the construction ministry Mountain Outreach in completion of a new home for an underprivileged family. Traveling from Forthworth, TX, the 40 members, containing 30 youth,has made many other stops including Atlanta, GA where they sang the National Anthem for the Braves vs. Marlins Baseball Game all the way to Corbin, KY where they participated in fellowship with the First Baptist Church of Corbin.

Spending the week of June 27 - July 1, this is the choir's first time working with Mountain Outreach. However, Minister to Youth Fran Patterson reports that this is not the choir's first experience with missionary work, "Sometimes some of the other mission work we do, there's not a final result when we leave, but there will be something tangible when we leave here, and I think that will help the youth have a better appreciation for what they do."

The group has participated in many other missionaries including Vacation Bible Schools across the country, "We do a variety of different things when we are on tour, but to know that we are going to be part of a group that will build an entire house for a family to move into is very exciting," says Patterson.

Patterson says she is hopeful in returning for future Mountain Outreach projects; however she is considering bringing family groups to work in order to promote activity throughout the church.

The Mountain Outreach program started in 1982 when a local Cumberland student decided to show a friend though the mountains of southeastern Kentucky. The friend, who came from a middle-class family, was shocked to see the amount of poverty and lack of running water, electricity and sanitation. Deciding that something needed to be done, the two students started helping others improve their living condition, which formed what we know now as Mountain Outreach.