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BCF Press Release



June 30, 2015

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Orlando Mission Team.jpg: First Baptist Church Orlando’s 2015 Graceville Mission Team “Kingdom Builders” at BCF!

The Mission Team from the First Baptist Church in Orlando has made the trip to The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville every summer now for the past fourteen years, sacrificing their vacation time and resources to serve on the campus. Motivated and committed, these servant volunteers pressure wash, remodel buildings, paint, clean, lay tile, trim and remove shrubs, just to name a few of the tasks that they are involved in during the week.

Close to ninety team members to include adults and children arrived on Father’s Day, June 21, ready to work on the BCF campus. Combating extremely hot temperatures, the members split up into several working groups only slowing down for water breaks, mealtime and designated times of worship. The Orlando “Family Oriented Mission Team” has always brought a unique component to the campus whereas the entire family comes to do missions, a practical and visible way of training the next generation about missions.

The Orlando mission kids were able to participate again in what they call “Graceville Bible School” (GBS as opposed to the traditional VBS - Vacation Bible School) while the adults worked long hours checking off assignments on the to-do list. In addition to an incredible night of worship in the R. G. Lee Chapel with BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen sharing his heart for the Lord and the college, the President and First Lady Ruth Ann hosted a cookout at their home in honor and appreciation for the teams’ efforts and hard work.

Mission Team Leaders and Coordinators, Mr. Jim and Mrs. Pat Wortham, stated that they are making plans for a small group of volunteers to return to Graceville in October or November to complete some projects on the radar. “It is always four days of work and sweat, sore muscles, good food, and lots of fun, fellowship, and laughter,” stated Mr. Jim.

According to BCF staff members, every year the Orlando mission team arrives they bring new life and excitement to the campus. 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 providing scholarships to prepare men and women for areas of leadership and ministry. For more information on campus mission projects or to learn more about the degrees offered through The Baptist College of Florida, contact 800.328.2660 ext. 460 or visit the website at baptistcollege.edu.