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UC student, Julie Paris, plans mission trip to Uganda


The first graduating class of the Penne Paris Nursery School. Photo provided by Julie Paris.

Williamsburg, Ky. – A mission trip to bring joy to the people of Uganda, Africa is being planned by Julie Paris (Ashland, Ky.), a senior at the University of the Cumberlands (UC), for December.

“The heart of this trip is to open their [UC students’] eyes about what they can do to glorify the Lord whether it is helping little kids, speaking truth to youth, or digging a hole, anything to glorify God,” said Paris.

Paris is just beginning to plan the trip. She is working out the logistics. Depending on when they go, they will be doing different mission work. Most likely, she said that they will go on a safari, but most importantly they’ll be visiting medical clinics, hanging out with youth, visiting schools and orphanages, and helping the people in any way that that they can.

There is a great need to minister to youth between the ages of 12-28. Paris explained that they don’t really know how to serve and the mission teams try to encourage them whenever they go.

Other short term mission teams have gone ahead of this group to Uganda. Paris’ dad, Dr. Floyd Paris, former pastor of Unity Baptist Church and former president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, has led these teams with the help of the non-profit organization called United Christian Expedition (UCE) that he started. Through this organization, he started two schools in honor of his late wife, Penne Paris.

Paris wants to show people her dad’s heart for the Ugandan people. She has wanted to lead a mission trip like this for people to understand the necessity of mission trips. Her friends have been asking to go to Uganda on a mission trip and she wants them to be involved.

The high importance of short term mission trips is known well by the Paris family. Paris said that it’s good for students around her age to know that it’s not all about them. It is important to see the various work being done there and possibly save a person’s life. A mission trip changes the way people view missions. They become more involved and more supportive as givers, doers, or as a spokesperson.

“This is a prime opportunity for college students to go on a mission trip,” said Paris. “It’s a pivotal time of when people are growing into who they’re going to be.”

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