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April 23, 2015

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BCF students serving with TEAMeffort this summer:  Nigil Todd, Leah Johnson, Michelle Clamser, James Spears, Zack Hatton, Nikki Keppel, Sterling King, JR Southerland, Terry Green, Al Johnson, and Matthew Bryan.

During the summer, students at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville participate in a multitude of activities involving areas of ministry, service, and missions. While taking a break from the actual classroom environment, many BCF students put into practice some of the training and education they have received throughout the semester through internships or working at summer camps. One such group of students, eleven to be exact, will be working this summer with TEAMeffort, a non-profit inter-denominational youth mission’s camp established in 1993 in Green Cove Springs, Florida.

According to BCF Leadership and Christian Education Major Zack Hatton, who has recruited the majority of the BCF students to serve on the summer staff, TEAMeffort camps will begin June 7, and last through August 1, with new youth groups rotating through each week. During the summer, the youth groups will come from all across America to attend one of the twenty-four camp locations, with two camps in Puerto Rico and Guatemala. Hatton indicated that through radical encounters with God, construction projects, strong biblical teaching, inspirational worship sessions, and building a community of fellow believers, TEAMeffort staffers hope to teach the youth about being the hands and feet of Jesus through completing projects for people who cannot physically do it themselves or cannot afford it. The theme for TEAMeffort this summer is the demonstrated life and staff members will show students what it looks like to live a life reflective of Christ.

“This is my first year serving with TEAMeffort,” stated BCF MA in Christian Studies Major Sterling King. “I want to be out of my comfort zone. In the past, I have served in places where it was easy to settle down and get comfortable. This time, I want to be pushed out of that so I can be brought closer to God.” Other BCF students joining Hatton and King at TEAMeffort includes Al Johnson, James Spears, JR Southerland, Leah Johnson, Matthew Bryan, Michelle Clamser, Nikki Keppel, Nigil Todd, and Terry Green.

BCF students are passionate about their work for Christ and seek to obediently serve Him in their studies and through their lives. The TEAMeffort group is just one of the teams that will be launching out to reach the lost this summer. To learn more about The Baptist College of Florida and future mission’s opportunities, call 850.263.3261 ext. 460 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.