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10-25-2013


Coy Webb speaks to UC students about Disaster Relief

 


Williamsburg, Ky. – Coy Webb, Director of the Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief, encouraged University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) students at the United Campus Worship on Thursday, to participate in the first Collegiate Disaster Relief training in Kentucky.

When disasters strike, Webb oversees mobile feeding units, which can provide 66,000 meals a day; mobile chainsaw units, and shower units. He deploys them to disaster areas to provide help and healing. Other ways to serve are through chaplaincy, communications, child care, and flood relief. The training was about these different areas of service, safety training, and what to know about different types of disasters.

“Statistics are great, but sometimes we lose sight that there are real people hurting,” Webb said. “We are there to provide a reminder that we care and that God has not forgotten them.”

A Disaster Relief video was shown to give eyewitness accounts of disasters and show volunteers serving the people. Webb told motivating stories about the difference Disaster Relief teams can make. Their purpose is to exemplify Christ’s love and then tell the people about Christ’s love.

Webb shared his favorite scripture that describes Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief’s ministry. First John 3:16-18, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

Webb encouraged UC students that God can use them to bring hope and make a difference. He was excited for the first Collegiate Training in Kentucky that took place on October 25, 2013, with around forty students participating.

After students are certified, they will be able to be sent out to disaster areas when notified by the Baptist Campus Ministries of a need. Transportation, food, and lodging will be provided. Students will be giving up some of their weekends and breaks to serve others who have suffered through disasters.

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; ten 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 www.ucumberlands.edu.

Article Provided y by Lydia Huggins, Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant