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June 26, 2012

For 11 years, the First Baptist Church of Orlando has sent motivated volunteer missionaries to The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) to spend a week "loving on the campus," as they call it. This year's hard work was truly a labor of love, as 51 adults and 26 1/2 children (the 1/2 member of the group is due in August) came, forming the largest group to date. The servant missionaries ranged from ages one to 91, further adding to the group's diversity. Two families were represented by three generations: Team Leader Jim Wortham and his wife, Pat, were accompanied by their daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law and all six of their grandchildren. First-timer Barbara Keller was accompanied by her son and daughter-in-law and four of her grandchildren. The sight of multiple generations within families serving the Lord together offered a special blessing to those fortunate enough to witness the team in action.

The week brought much activity and major improvements to the BCF campus. Some of the project accomplishments included renovations to the Bullock House; painting of the interior of Brackin-Chandler dorm and three Lakeview apartments; prep work, laid forms, and poured concrete at the back entrance to Graceville Hall, the culvert in front of the Administration Building, pad and sidewalk area at the new girls' dorm, and the sidewalks in front of the Taylor Building. The group also installed split-railed fences at Heritage Village, and pressure cleaned two duplexes, six homes in Shepherd's Cottages, two dorms at Conrad Court, Ezell Street Housing and Eastlake. Throughout the campus, the Orlando team members were seen hard at work removing walls and painting inside two Lakeview duplexes, as well as painting buildings the red color that adorns the rest of the campus. They repaired soffit around the campus buildings, landscaped throughout the campus, finished the wooden steps and deck on the side of the Napier dorm and painted the outside of the Nolan Building.

The weather was unseasonably cooler than normal, much to the pleasant surprise of the outside workers. On Monday night, the group enjoyed BBQ courtesy of BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, with the highlight of the meal being the desserts made by his wife, Ms. Ruth Ann. While enjoying the fellowship, many in attendance joked that the food and Ms. Ruth Ann's desserts was the biggest "hook" bringing the team back to Graceville every year.

Astonishingly, the group provided a total of 1,632 work hours on the campus mission projects. Even with sore muscles and aching feet, most of the team members are already making plans for their trip back to the BCF campus next summer. At the conclusion of each visit, the returning mission team members share their excitement in lending a helping hand to help the people in Graceville that they have come to know and love.

"We are so thankful to God that we are able to partner with BCF and provide a labor of love to the college year after year," stated Orlando Mission Team Leader Jim Wortham. "Our desire is to be a blessing to the faculty, staff, and students of BCF, so that they can in turn be a blessing and God's witness to the nations. You are all in our thoughts and prayers throughout the year, and we look forward to doing bigger and better things in the years to come. God bless!"

The Orlando Mission Team encourages and challenges other Florida Baptist Churches to minister to the next generation of Christian leaders by volunteering their time and skills on the BCF campus. For more information about BCF, its programs, and mission opportunities, please call 800-328-2660 ext. 460.

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BCF welcomes First Baptist Church Orlando Mission Team to campus.