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October 28, 2014

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BCF Professor Rich Elligson shared his personal experiences while on the mission field with prospective students recently during Preview Day.

Two mission’s graduates from The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville recently returned to campus to share their experiences and future plans with current missions majors. Katie, a May 2014 graduate, told of her experience working at a summer camp, and explained her plans to participate in the World Race, a whirlwind missions tour sponsored by Adventures in Missions. Katie’s adventure will involve mission work in 11 different countries in 11 months. “I chose to do ‘The Race’ because I am asking God to clarify His plans for my life,” Katie explained. “I know He is leading me into world missions, but I am not sure of all the details. It will be a challenge, but I expect to learn a lot about myself, about missions, and about where and how God wants me to serve Him.”

While Katie is sorting out her plans, Kimberly, a 2009 BCF graduate, opted to earn a seminary degree before embarking on her great adventure. She will be serving as an International Mission Board (SBC) Journeyman in Asia for the next two years. When asked why she chose to continue her education, she explained: “I spent a summer in Asia a few years ago and realized that personally, I needed to improve my ministry skills. BCF gave me the right tools, but my time in seminary sharpened them. I am older now, more mature in my faith, and more confident in engaging people with the gospel of Christ.”

“I find it very difficult to explain what a great blessing it is to have our graduates come back to the college and share their experiences of following our Lord in missions,” stated BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen. “They are living out our trademark of ‘Changing the World through the Unchanging Word®.’ I am convinced that this is a new “greatest generation” in Christian service. They may well be the generation that will carry the Gospel to the end of the earth. We are blessed indeed to be a part of their lives.”

While Katie and Kimberly are headed in somewhat different directions, both affirmed the value of the preparation they received in their coursework at BCF. They reminisced about their various classes, shared stories of their mutual struggles, and encouraged the current batch of missions students to persevere in both their academic endeavors and their practical preparation.

“It’s great to have both Katie and Kimberly here for the day,” commented BCF Missions Professor Rich Elligson. “They represent the kind of quality students we are graduating each semester, not just in missions, but in every major we offer here at BCF. Whether they are entering the work force or going on to graduate school, our students are proving themselves well prepared for their next step in changing the world.”

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