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Cumberlands students chosen for 1:8 Leadership Experience

Williamsburg, Ky. – Students at University of the Cumberlands are already preparing for summer 2011 missions. Seven UC students have already been chosen to participate in the KBC 1:8 Leadership Experience.

The 1:8 Leadership Experience is a summer mission opportunity provided by the Kentucky Baptist Convention that, according to their website, joins college students from all over Kentucky for a summer full of service and leadership.

The program draws its mission from the commands in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

The students will be divided into four main teams with many field trips and a strong focus on missions and ministry opportunities, Bible study, leadership development and discipleship.

After an extensive application process, Cumberlands students have been chosen for each of the four teams. Sophomores Kris Craig and Milagros Zamora will be serving on the Central Asia Team. Freshman Keigan Gregory and sophomore Kayla Smith will be serving on the West Team. Senior Ashley Zamalloa and junior Jill Tanner will be serving on the East Asia Team. Junior Kenny Newton will be serving on the East Team.

“I felt God is wanting me to follow him to homes and the cities of the less fortunate to share the good news of Jesus Christ,” said Craig about why he applied for 1:8.

Zamalloa is excited about the experience. “I am really excited about learning how to share Jesus with people from other cultures, and I know that my faith will be challenged and that the Lord will use that to help me love Him in a deeper way,” she said.

“One of the things I’m most excited about with Acts 1:8 is seeing different cultures,” Tanner added. I’ve worked with the Latin American culture a lot, and my family has worked with African cultures, but I’ve never had a chance to work with the Asian culture. I’m really excited about that because it will be something totally different and way outside of my comfort zone.”

The students will depart on their mission journeys on May 31, 2011 and will return July 29, 2011.