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BCF Press Release



September 4, 2015

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BCF Psychology Professor Kristy Ford takes a break from supervising a group of BCF students involved in a week-long mission project at Camp Macon over the summer to help with crafts.

Students at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville are excited about the upcoming Missions Conference to be held on October 12-14, featuring Mark Whitworth, Member Care Team Leader for the International Mission Board. However, they are also keenly aware that missions is a lifestyle of evangelism and builds upon what they learn during the conference each year. To illustrate that principle, many of the BCF students were on mission during the summer serving with a variety of organizations and churches. Students ministered and spent hours working in Fuge Camps (Centrifuge, CentriKid, MFuge), TeamEffort, church internships and new church plants, Vacation Bible School (VBS), and working on numerous local, state, and international mission board projects to teach and reach the lost.

In Florida, BCF students were serving in their home church or through the association, as well as in Christian camps sharing the Gospel message over the summer. BCF English Major Melody Barney worked as the VBS Director at Northside Baptist Church in Ponce De Leon, Fla. Barney led worship and helped teach some of the mission classes. BCF Christian Counseling Major Lance Bourne served as a senior counselor at Camp Gilead in Polk City, Fla. Bourne supervised and chaperoned students, led devotions, and had intentional one-on-one conversations with campers to help them better understand the love of Christ.

BCF History Major Danielle Giebeig worked with Generation Send in conjunction with the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Giebeig spent the summer in Montreal, Canada, helping with a new church plant. A major part of that process was building relationships and engaging locals in conversation about worship and about Christ. Several BCF students including Jordan Johnson, Charity Hayes, Daniel Forester, Breanna Clark, and Summer Rhodes served at a weeklong camp in West Virginia called Camp Echo. While there, the students worked as camp counselors, led Bible studies, coordinated activities and participated in worship.

A large number of BCF students were involved in international mission trips taking the Gospel to multiple areas of the world. BCF Senior Alainna Davis served as a team leader with the International Mission Board’s 52 day program known as the Nehemiah Teams. Davis spent 52 days in the Philippines as a volunteer English Teacher. On the other side of the globe, BCF students Caleb Duncan and Jennifer Ruiz spent two weeks in Guatemala and Nicaragua as part of a mission trip sponsored through their local church. In Guatemala, the group trained church leaders, provided discipleship and encouragement, and even worked in a pediatric clinic. After a week in Guatemala, they met up with another local church in Nicaragua where the team built houses for people who had lost their homes as a result of torrential flooding.

The stories vary slightly in ministry, but the message of Christ is the common denominator. BCF students are on mission in season and out of season. Engaging in summer missions is just another way that BCF students, faculty, and staff are “Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word.®”

To learn more about the missions degree or any of the other twenty-three degrees offered at The Baptist College of Florida, call 800.328.2660 ext. 460 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu