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October 29, 2013

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Michael Stroh, Executive Director for the International Association of Missions Aviation (IAMA) and Director of Aviation Safety with New Tribes Mission Aviation, was the featured speaker during The Baptist College of Florida’s annual Missions Conference.

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville welcomed pilot and missionary Michael Stroh for the annual Missions Conference held October 21-23. For three riveting days, Stroh passionately shared uplifting stories and reminded students that "God knows what He’s doing."

Stroh currently serves as Executive Director for the International Association of Missions Aviation (IAMA) and Director of Aviation Safety with New Tribes Mission Aviation. Having worked fourteen years with New Tribes Mission Aviation with nine of those years as chief pilot and missionary in Indonesia on the island of Borneo, Stroh brought a unique perspective on missions and missions aviation.

Throughout the conference, passions for missions were ignited in the hearts of students as many were inspired to serve as short-term and long-term missionaries. Stroh reminded students that followers of Christ, as slaves to righteousness, have no rights. He raised several questions for consideration, “Do we really believe that death is gain? Is Jesus really worth the loss of all things? Do we really believe our citizenship is in heaven?” to encourage students to venture outside of their comfort zones. “Whatever the cost, it’s worth it!” stated Stroh, sharing stories of missionary friends including himself who faced obstacles and severe challenges while pursuing God’s call on their lives.

Along with the chapel services each day, representatives from more than twenty mission agencies were able to display their programs, present mission opportunities, and share their goals as they interacted with students in the BCF Student Center. Many of the missionaries were invited to speak to students during their regularly scheduled classes where they were able to share personal mission experiences and their heartbeat for missions. Through interaction with the various missions agencies, BCF Students were able to explore opportunities where God may have them serve as missionaries.

Events such as the Missions Conference enable students to see what God is doing throughout the world and to pray about how they can be a part of "Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word®". Contact the Admissions Office at 850-263-3261 ext. 460 to see how BCF is providing the next generation with the skills and training for missions aviation through the new Bachelor of Arts degree in Missions with a Concentration in Aviation.

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There were over twenty missions organizations that provided information to students during the Missions Conference held at The Baptist College of Florida October 21-23.