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September 29, 2014

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Don’t miss the 2014 Missions Conference at The Baptist College of Florida, October 20-22, 2014. For more information call 800-328-2660 ext. 478.

“How will they know unless someone tells them and how will they hear unless we go?” has been the question and mandate for The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, Fla., preparing for the annual Missions Conference to be held on October 20-22. Special guest John Brady, Vice-President of Global Strategy with the International Missions Board (IMB), will be speaking in the R. G. Lee Chapel at 10:00 a.m. (CST) each day sharing his experiences on the mission field and directing global missions. “The Missions Conference is the flagship event in identifying the heart and mission of BCF,” stated BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen. “Someone came to each of us and shared Christ. We dare not fail to go to a lost world.”

Every year, BCF Professor of Missions and Missions Conference Coordinator Richard Elligson not only plans for dynamic missionary speakers to encourage students to go and be that light in the darkness, but also arranges for missions organizations to share their stories and opportunities to attendees. This year over twenty-five different mission organizations will have informational booths set up in the BCF Student Center during the three-day conference to share upcoming mission opportunities. Responding to the millions of people in the world that go through life without ever hearing the gospel message, “This is part of who we are as an institution,” Elligson stated when asked about the importance of the Missions Conference. “As a part of the Southern Baptist Convention, we are dedicated to making the name of Christ known. Even if the Southern Baptist Convention was not involved, we would still be involved because we [BCF] know what the Bible teaches about sharing the Gospel.” Before coming to BCF as the Missions professor, Elligson and his family served five years with the International Missions Board in Brazil. Elligson’s advice to students that are so eager to share the name and love of Christ to the world: “Don’t lose your passion but understand the need for good preparation. God has called us to a life of service and it’s not enough to be missionaries, but to be effective missionaries. Our goal is to take God-called students and prepare them for that calling.”

The annual event is one of the highlights of the semester as faculty, students, and the community hear firsthand accounts of the impact missions’ is having throughout the world. Make plans to attend each day to hear more about missions and to see the opportunities available to you and your church family. For more information about the Missions Conference call 850.263.3261 ext. 513 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.