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UC Students Spend Spring Break Serving Others in Kentucky, Illinois, and Colorado


Williamsburg, Ky. - During spring break, several University of the Cumberlands (UC) students chose to serve God instead of participating in typical college spring break events. One team of UC students traveled through Kentucky and Illinois to spread the gospel while another team of students journeyed to Colorado in hopes of seeking salvation for the lost.

On March 8, seven devoted UC students who felt called upon to serve the Lord, traveled to Lakewood, Colorado to serve with Bear Valley Church multi-housing ministry. They performed acts of kindness as they gave backyard Bible clubs, carnivals, recreational activities, arts and crafts, and enjoyed snacks among children, youth and the families of Lakewood. As they graciously gave these various outreach activities to this community, they were spreading God’s word through their good deeds and giving hearts.

The Colorado team included team leader, Kayla Smith (Williamsburg, KY), Caleb McDonald (Shelbyville, KY), Kaitlyn Fothergill (Corbin, KY), Jennifer Marcum (Springboro, OH), Tyler Sulfridge (Andersonville, TN), Haley Ferguson (Hawesville, KY), and Susan Albertson (South Shore, KY).

“It is amazing how enthusiastic our students get when it comes to helping others and serving our Lord,” said UC’s BCM Director, Dean Whitaker. “The students’ lives are truly changed when they return and they usually can’t wait to go back and do it again!”

Another team of UC students dedicated their spring break to parts of Kentucky and Illinois. On March 8 through March 17, this group of seven volunteered to host a Youth Disciple Now at Kaskaskia Baptist Associational Camp in Illinois. They also were busy serving the Lord in Kentucky as they made their way to Lexington to serve with Refuge for Women then to Louisville to serve with Jefferson Street Mission Center and, help lead worship for Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program at the Galt House.

“My favorite thing about this trip was being able to lead and guide the students and watch their confidence grow and blossom as they saw themselves being used for God,” said team leader, LeAnn Wright. “It was a great experience for everyone.”

The seven students who so willingly gave up their spring break to help others in Illinois and around Kentucky were LeAnn Wright (Waynesburg, KY), Katie Byington (Church Hill, TN), Bethany Yonts , Eddie Bernal (Covina, CA), Amber Dunn (Lancaster, KY), Kenton Sulfridge (Andersonville, TN), and Kimber West (Monticello, KY).

“As a younger member of the group, I found this trip to be a very good learning experience,” explained UC student, Eddie Bernal. “Helping these people made me realize what I have and helped me to appreciate it more. I am glad I went on this mission trip and took time out to give back to the people. You gain a lot by helping out.”

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.