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September 29, 2014

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This summer, BCF Ministry Studies Major Kourtney Burcroff served as a Summer Missionary with the Florida Baptist Convention.

As students at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville look forward to the upcoming Missions Conference scheduled on October 20-22, many have shared their own “missions” stories from this past summer while serving on ministry teams, internships, D-NOW staffs, summer camp counselors, Vacation Bible School (VBS) coordinators, and disaster relief workers.

BCF Missions Major Justin Toffolio spent twelve weeks in Nazareth, Israel working in the chaplaincy program at the English Hospital preparing equipment for operating rooms in the sterilization ward. He also dressed up as a villager at the Nazareth Village where there is a replica of first century Nazareth illustrating what life would have been like while Jesus was fulfilling his earthly ministry. According to Toffolio, God provided multiple opportunities for him to share the gospel during the summer as well as taught him how to truly love people, regardless of how different.

Christian Counseling Major Kriss Marek spent her summer at Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters in Andrews, NC. Marek’s primary goal was to build intentional relationships with the campers and share with them the gospel of Jesus Christ. While at Snowbird, Marek taught and facilitated the archery recreation for the camp, designed specifically for endurance and reliance. This summer, God taught Marek about her own identity in Christ and the importance of seeking the Lord in all things.

Kourtney Burcroff, BCF Ministry Studies Major, served in Jacksonville, Fla., as a VBS Summer Missionary working with the Florida Baptist Convention. She worked alongside churches that were organizing and hosting Vacation Bible Schools in multiple locations throughout the city. Burcroff traveled to numerous apartment communities to share the gospel with people who had never heard about the love of Christ before. Because of her location, she was also able to share Christ with a diverse population. Burcroff stated that over the summer God showed her that she is a missionary wherever she goes.

Students at The Baptist College of Florida are called to be on mission every day. This past summer, over sixty BCF students shared the gospel in other parts of the world, living out their passion to shine the light of Christ wherever they go. To learn more about missions and the upcoming missions’ conference, please call 850.263.3261 ext. 513 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.