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Aug. 6, 2008

For Immediate Release

KENTUCKY HEARTLAND OUTREACH HOSTS SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS 2008

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator, and Heather Hensley, Case Manager, KHO

Campbellsville, Ky. – A hammer and some nails, lumber and shingles, and a crew of servant leaders are making it possible for Kentucky Heartland Outreach (KHO) to provide home repairs to families in the Central Kentucky region this summer.

             

Campbellsville University, which is affiliated with KHO, hosted approximately 60 volunteers, including youth and adults, came to Campbellsville from around the state to aid in the repairs. Groups from St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville, Eubank Baptist Church in Eubank, Ky. and Marion Baptist Church in Marion, Ky. were among the volunteers in Campbellsville.

Willie Rodgers, left, of South Maple Street First Baptist Church of Somerset helps Darius Wright of Somerset as he cuts wood to work on a deck in Campbellsville. Both were volunteers with Kentucky Heartland Outreach. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

The local Kentucky crews helped construct wheelchair and walking ramps for those needing assistance getting in and out of their home, as well as putting on much needed decks for more accessibility and replacing leaky roofs.

             

“We are so thankful each year for the number of groups that come out to volunteer their time,” said Todd Parish, president of KHO.

“It allows all of us to work together and minister not only to each other, but to the needs of the families in the community and bring them into a knowledge of Jesus Christ. He’s the reason we do everything we do.”

“It’s great to see a variety of groups from all over the nation, and even those close to home, come out and work with KHO on our projects. We were so thankful for the groups that came and brought their own aspects of aide and worship to the table. Each person has the opportunity to minister to someone in their own way and it’s amazing to see how everyone can use their talents and gifts to work towards one central ministry.”

Tim Coghill with Kentucky Heartland Outreach saws wood with help from D’Andree Logan of South Maple Street First Baptist Church of Somerset at right. In back are Alex Kilgore and Paul Watson of Eubank Baptist Church. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president of Campbellsville University, said KHO is a “great ministry, and we at CU are very proud to be associated with them.

“KHO allows youth and our students to work with those who cannot help themselves, and we are pleased to work with these servant leaders to help others.”

Chowning said the university was pleased to host the groups from Louisville, Eubank and Marion as they worked in the community.

“One of the exciting things to witness about this particular week was the coming together of historically black churches from urban areas with historically white churches from rural areas,” Chowning said.

He said, “The leaders and youth from the different backgrounds learned from each other and benefited by the diverse backgrounds and experiences of those participating.  Christian servant ministry opportunities, such as the summer camps of KHO, are bringing a variety of people together.”

Chowning said, “There is a ‘unity amidst diversity’ that results in serving others in the name of Jesus Christ. Dr. Lincoln Bingham, Rev. Shelby Reynolds and all the other youth ministers and leaders involved, are to be commended for sharing in the vision to bring these groups together in a week of Christian servant ministry.  

“Lives are being changed through the outreach ministries of Campbellsville University such as Kentucky Heartland Outreach.”

Crews from various churches including St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville, South Maple Street First Baptist Church in Somerset and Eubank Baptist Church were among those working on this house in Campbellsville with Kentucky Heartland Outreach and Campbellsville University. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

KHO hosts youth groups from churches all over the nation each summer in order to accomplish much needed repairs on homes in the Central Kentucky region. Each summer, KHO works in a certain region of the state, giving families a new roof, deck or wheelchair/walking ramp. A trained crew chief is in charge of each site, while gaining the help of the volunteers to get the task accomplished in a timely manner.

             

All is done free of charge to the homeowners, providing they qualify for the grant-funded program, which specializes in aiding homeowners who are at or below the Area Median Income levels for their county.

    

Jason Tiller, fourth from left, shows Jamila Young of St. Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville where to drive a nail as the youth build a deck in Campbellsville. Tiller was the crew chief with Kentucky Heartland Outreach. The others were volunteers working on the deck From left are: Camille Davis of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Darius Wright of South Maple Street First Baptist Church of Somerset and Titus Lamb of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. On ground, from left, are James Fields, youth minister with St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, and Willie Rodgers of South Maple Street First Baptist Church. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

KHO is funded in part by the Kentucky Housing Corporation through a grant that provides the means for the materials and administrative costs it takes to run an intense camp such as this, and also by Campbellsville University. Labor is provided on a volunteer basis from the many churches who wish to spend a week of their summer doing something to help a homeowner in need.

             

In addition to the home repairs, the groups have a chance to worship together each night with the KHO worship band and with KHO’s camp pastor. The camp is a chance for students to understand the ministry that Jesus Christ had among the people and how he was able to meet people’s physical needs as well as their spiritual needs.

  

Darius Wright of South Maple Street First Baptist Church of Somerset, left, and Jamila Young of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville work together nailing boards on a deck that was built for a homeowner in Campbellsville. The youth were volunteers with Kentucky Heartland Outreach. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

Kentucky Heartland Outreach is a non-profit, faith-based organization specializing in home repairs, including roofing projects, decks and wheelchair or walking ramps. For more information about the program or to obtain an application, call (270) 469-4949.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,405 students who represent 98 Kentucky counties, 25 states and 29 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and eighth in the South for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” CU has been ranked 15 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report.  The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.

Damien Williams of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Louisville with Tim Coghill of Kentucky Heartland Outreach on a home in Campbellsville. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

Holly Tyler, left, and Anna Reynolds of Eubank Baptist Church work to trim some overgrown branches at a home in Campbellsville. They were volunteering with Kentucky Heartland Outreach to serve others. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church youth, from left, Jamila Young, Titus Lamb and Camille Davis worked with Kentucky Heartland Outreach crew chief Jason Tiller building a deck at a house in Campbellsville. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)