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FBC ORLANDO MISSION TEAM AT BCF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 1, 2014


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FBC Orlando mission team builds access ramp going into the Administration Building.

The faculty, students and staff at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville are exceedingly grateful to the group of kindhearted and dedicated volunteers who came from First Baptist Church in Orlando and sacrificed their vacation time and resources to serve on the BCF campus.

The mission team from Orlando has made the trip to Graceville every summer for the last thirteen years, arriving early and ready to work as soon as their feet hit the ground. This year, over 100 adults and children made up the extraordinary team that arrived on Father’s Day, June 15. The group was exceptionally diverse this year, ranging in age from 7 months to 93 years. For four solid days, members split up into teams working on different tasks all over the BCF campus. The list of accomplishments at the end of the week was incredible, including pressure washing, adding and replacing handrails, replacing warped wood, prepping and laying tile in five different buildings, remodeling the entranceway to one office, demolishing the old science lab, removing a floor, remodeling closets in a classroom, and painting four apartments, twenty-three dorm rooms and bathrooms, a married housing duplex, entrance signs and a fence. Team members also removed a concrete slab, cabinets, a water heater, floor tiles, electrical lines, gas lines, water lines, a chain link fence and rails, as well as removed and trimmed shrubs and cut down dead trees.

Fortunately, Orlando’s unique “family oriented mission team” was able to enjoy several fun activities while serving on the BCF campus. For example, during the mornings, all of the kids participated in what they called “Graceville Bible School” (GBS as opposed to the traditional VBS - Vacation Bible School). Their activities were held in the BCF Wellness Center and led by several of the team members in the group. Kids of all ages were given the opportunity to ride the BCF conference bicycle which seats seven people and presents a challenging bike-riding experience with everyone peddling at the same time facing towards the center. Adding to festivities, BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen and First Lady Ruth Ann hosted a barbeque at their home in honor and appreciation for the teams’ efforts and hard work. “It was four days of work and sweat, sore muscles, good food, and lots of fun and laughter,” stated team leaders and coordinators Jim and Pat Wortham.

According to BCF staff members, the Orlando mission team brought new life and excitement to the campus that had been unusually quiet since spring graduation. Each year, the hard work and campus improvements completed by these servant volunteers save the college enormous resources that can be spent on sending more students on missions and provide scholarships to train those called to “go” . In an appreciation letter that the Wortham’s sent to all of the Orlando team, they stated, “The team grew this year, and the children and young people saw your example of serving others, and the college and the students greatly benefitted from it all.”

Seeing all of the improvements and witnessing such a large group of volunteers, including several generations in multiple families, working together for the glory of the Lord is not only encouraging but inspiring. The heart of this group was summarized in a hand written school assignment last year by the nine year old daughter of First Baptist Church Orlando’s Hospitality Director Marcus White about her favorite place to go...


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The heart of this group was summarized in a hand written school assignment last year by the nine year old daughter of First Baptist Church Orlando's Hospitality Director Marcus White about her favorite place to go...

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First Baptist Church in Orlando 2014 Mission Team at BCF!

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