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Appalachian Ministries hosts VBS at Corbin Manor apartments


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.— University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) students hosted a Vacation Bible School at Corbin Manor apartments this past week, June 24-28, through Appalachian Ministries (AM). The UC students were joined by 6 youth from Blackford Baptist Church in Hawesville, Ky. and assisted in teaching Bible lessons, making crafts and playing with the 20 children—aged 2 to 12—who visited from the apartments.

The AM group ministered to the group in mind, body and spirit as they taught fun crafts, played outdoors and taught the children how to pray. Angie Swihart, youth minister from Blackford, said their group have visited AM “on and off for five or six summers,” giving the young people at the church an opportunity to serve God and others.

This is the third summer that AM has hosted a VBS at Corbin Manor, so relationships have been built and many of the children greeted the UC students as old friends. AM also hosts a Bible study night every Monday during the school year. During these nights, as well as the VBS, the team seeks to meet physical and emotional needs as well as spiritual ones. While teaching Bible stories, the students hold some of the smaller children on their laps. While playing outside the group fixes a “picnic” with water and chips. At the beginning of the week AM students also bought several pairs of shoes for some of the children who were didn’t have any, probably having grown out of the ones they used during the school year.

The ultimate goal of the VBS, however, is shared by team leader LeAnn Wright, UC senior and member of Double Springs Baptist in Waynesburg, Ky.: “To share God’s love in the community through building relationships.”

Appalachian Ministries volunteers—made up of UC students—will continue hosting Vacation Bible Schools in the Whitley County community throughout the summer.

Established in 1975, Appalachian Ministries gives students the opportunity to minister to area children, youth and families. Under the direction of the Appalachian Ministries director, student workers pick up and take participating children to local churches to lead them in recreation, crafts, games, and Bible lessons.

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; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit