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Cumberlands hosts Phi Alpha Theta Lecture on summer missions


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Tuesday, September 18, University of the Cumberlands (UC) Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society hosted their first lecture for the 2012-2013 lecture series in the Bennett Building Auditorium located on the UC campus.

This lecture’s guest speakers were Cumberlands students’ Elizabeth Davis (Van Wert, OH), Caleb Hetrick (Richmond, KY), Amanda Sickman (Owensboro, KY), and Mark Watts (Rio Rancho, NM). The lecture entitled, “A Tour through Summer Missions” focused on each students journey during the summer as they helped lead others to Christ.

Elizabeth, a junior and social studies/secondary education major, went on a summer mission trip to Chiclayo, Peru. The Latin American Children’s Fund (LACF) helps to finance the missions’ trips. However, this year Elizabeth and her dad went independently from other groups, but still worked through the LACF board members. While there, she painted the Missions House on the compound, spoke with the Peruvian people and helped out at school lunch services.

Caleb, a senior and business/communications major, spent his summer at Cedarcrest Camp in Baghdad, Kentucky and went on a mission trip to Neply, Haiti. At Cedarcrest he was a camp counselor that was involved with teaching kids about Christ through worship and recreation. In Haiti he helped paint houses, helped with a feeding program, and helped teach an English class. While there he also led a VBS and a soccer camp for kids.

Amanda, a senior and social studies/secondary education major, spent her summer working at Mission Adventure Camp in Baghdad, Kentucky and Neply, Haiti. While at the camp she was a counselor helping to lead Bible studies, evening devotions, and teaching others about missions. Her trip to Haiti lasted for three weeks where she had the opportunity to help with the MyLifeSpeaks campus, participate in a children’s day camp, and help out with a children’s soccer camp/tournament.

Mark, a senior and business administration/religion major, spent his summer doing mission work in Shelbyville, Kentucky for 6 weeks and Ecuador for 2 weeks. In Shelbyville he worked in a Backyard Bible Club, VBS in a local church, in West liberty for a week doing tornado relief, and in a men's homeless shelter providing meals and leading Bible Studies. In Ecuador he worked VBS camps in both the mountain and jungle regions. He also worked a True Love Waits camp in the jungle region.

The second lecture in the Phi Alpha Theta Lecture Series will be on Tuesday, October 30th. The lecture entitled, “The Great Debate” will have Dr. Bruce Hicks going up against Dr. John Broome in a presidential debate. Dr. Hicks, professor of history and political science, will be giving the Republican and Mitt Romney’s point of view. While Dr. Broome, freshmen advisor, will be giving the Democratic and Barack Obama’s point of view. The debate will start at 7:00 pm.

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; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.