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Meals provided to CU students by 17 churches over holidays

By Lindey Young, sports information graduate assistant

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- As many athletes know, the winter break isn't much of a break at all, but the church community of Campbellsville, Ky. made it surprisingly worthwhile.

Approximately 17 churches fed seven sport teams and international students from Campbellsville University over the course of 25 days during the winter break. Starting on December 14 and ending on January 15, right before the cafeteria re-opened the churches handed out 1,816 meals.

"What the churches in our town have done for our student-athletes has been phenomenal," said director of athletic, Rusty Hollingsworth. "For 25 days during our break, the 17 churches involved, have fed over 1,800 meals to our student-athletes while the university cafeteria was closed.

"These churches have shown the love of Christ, not only to our student-athletes, but to many international students that did not have the opportunity to travel home for the break. This is a great ministry and we are all very grateful for their willingness to provide for our athletes."

The 17 churches and bible study classes that graciously provided the meals are as follows: 3trees Church, Early's Chapel United Methodist, Friendship Baptist, Zion Separate Baptist, St. Marks Methodist, Campbellsville Baptist, Mt. Gilboa Baptist, First Baptist, the Hardy Family, Woodlawn Christian, South Campbellsville, Pleasant Union Baptist, Good Hope Baptist, Robinson Creek Baptist, Vineyard, Campbellsville Christian, Lowell Avenue, Palestine Baptist Church and Jim Hardy's Sunday school class.

Billy Gregory, the associate minister of worship for the Campbellsville Christian Church, saw this event more as an opportunity to spread the word and love of Jesus Christ.

"As a church, we don't often have the opportunity to impact that many college students at one time," said Gregory. "So, we didn't just see it as an opportunity to feed them physically but also spiritually.

"We wanted to make sure that they had an opportunity to experience Christ through worship in song and the preaching of God's Word, knowing that some of them may have never had that experience. We were encouraged by their presence but more encouraged by the participation and hope that they know the church is always open to them."

The meals ranged anywhere between baked spaghetti to BBQ with flavorful sides, desserts and drinks to match.

"Speaking for all of the girls basketball team, we can't be more thankful for all the generosity, love, graciousness and especially the home cooked meals the churches have provided for us for the past month" said senior Kristen Jacob. "As college students, a big percent of our meals come from eating out so receiving warm fresh food is rare throughout the year and we enjoy every bite."

Kayla Miracle, a member of the women's wrestling team, enjoyed sharing her time with all the different churches and their members while training for the upcoming season.

"The churches were amazing these past couple of weeks," said Miracle. "They were kind enough to make dinner during for the student-athletes and internationals that were on campus over the winter break. They also shared stories of their own, scripture, and delicious food!"

This story was posted on 2016-01-18 13:20:32
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