Cumberlands’ Kelsey Day demonstrates a heart for ministry
Rising senior Kelsey Day of Harlan County, Kentucky has been named University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Baptist Campus Ministries President for the 2012-2013 academic year. As the daughter of a Kentucky Baptist pastor, Day grew up in church. Her father has been serving for 20 years as pastor at Dione Baptist Church. Although Day has been closely involved in ministry for most of her life, she was surprised that she was chosen to become BCM president. “As a freshman in the fall of 2009, I would have never believed that I would become the president,” Day said, “I would have had to have been forced into it. It’s so funny how, through God, you can change.” Day was shy as an incoming college freshman; however, through participating in ministry opportunities at Cumberlands’, she has become more outgoing. During her second semester of college, she became involved with Drama Disciples Team, a ministry group that aims to worship God through skits and dance. “Through participating in Drama Disciples Team, my passion was ignited,” Day explained. “Within a song or a character, I get so lost in God. I love being able to portray a character that someone in the audience can relate to.” Day really enjoys performing with the Drama Disciples Team because it allows her to worship in a unique way and to witness to others. According to Day, the team started out with 8 members and quickly grew to include 22 members. Last April, the team performed for 400 students at an event at Harlan County High School. “It was an awesome thing,” Day says; “God has really moved through us and we have traveled quite a bit spreading the love of God through what we do. It has been a blessing to worship God through my passion and to tell others about him.” Day has been involved in several different ministries at University of the Cumberlands. She has traveled to New York City with BCM and has been involved with Cumberlands’ Appalachian Ministries for several semesters. Day believes that her participation in BCM has impacted her life and inspired her to get involved with other ministries both on and off campus. “Because of [BCM] I have traveled places, found God in a deeper way, found my passion and met my best friends—my brothers and sisters in Christ,” Day said. Through BCM, Day had the opportunity to teach ESL classes in New York City for a ministry called Urban Impact. Day taught classes for new immigrants which mostly consisted of women from Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Japan, and Mexico. “Most of the students in the class were from different religious backgrounds. I taught two sisters from Bangladesh who were Muslim. I shared with them about how much Jesus loved them. As I witnessed to these ladies, they told me about their god, the mosques and praying five times a day,” Day said; “Although they didn’t accept Jesus in their hearts, I feel a seed was planted.” Outside of campus ministries, Day has also worked at Laurel Lake Baptist Camp. Last summer, she helped with cooking, cleaning as well as teaching bible study, drama and recreation at the camp. She also helped lead the camp worship services. “God showed me how to be a servant. I discovered that I can worship God even through cleaning toilets and scraping pans,” Day said. Day attributes her various ministries experiences to her choice to attend the University of the Cumberlands. She believes that she has benefited from the small, Christian atmosphere. “It seems like every semester here at UC, God keeps changing my life. When I was looking for a college my senior year of high school, I had no idea where God wanted to lead me, but when I stepped foot on the campus at UC, I felt at peace,” Day said; “I am taken aback by how much God has changed me for his glory in the past three almost four years. He is molding me into a strong woman of God.” Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.
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