The group assisted the University of the Cumberlands Mountain Outreach program. It was the second trip made by members of the church, after a 1995 visit “in an effort to help build homes and serve the Lord,” according to a Cumberlands release.
Kathy Varnadore of Mignon Baptist participated in both missions.
“It is kind of like a Habitat for Humanity,” Varnadore said. ‘They build houses for low income people. In the hills of Kentucky, there are a lot of families like that. They had three houses going this summer.”
The volunteers arrived July 3 and returned home July 6. They worked on a house roughly 1,000 square feet in size on nearly an acre of land.
Varnadore said they got to work for two days, which she described as long and hard-working.
“There was a group putting up sheetrock, there was a whole lot of mudding sheetrock going on, some painting on the outside of the house and finishing a porch , steps and rails,” she said. “It was a real mixed bag of what we were doing.”
The church group brought 18 people to serve, several of them participating in a mission trip for their first time.
“This gives us an opportunity to minister like Christ ministered, to meet a need and hopefully it leads to spiritual salvation for the family,” said Mignon Baptist Church Pastor Todd Reaves.
Joyce Rhodes of Sylacauga called the trip “a great ministry and a blessing.”
“How many blessings would I have missed by not coming?” Rhodes said.
The missionaries also got to meet the future homeowners, a young family with a five-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl.
“The little boy, his name was Isaac, he was really excited,” Varnadore said. “He ran around showing everything. He took me by the hand and was showing me whose room was whose. He even took me back and started showing me the closets; he was even excited about the closets.
“We are already trying to plan ahead for (returning) next year.”
Mountain Outreach is a University of the Cumberlands ministry. Students and volunteers have built more than 130 homes, and made repairs and renovations to hundreds more for 27 years.
Located in Williamsburg, University of the Cumberlands is an institution that offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study, nine pre-professional programs, nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education and online programs.
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