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July 16, 2010

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The Middle Florida Baptist Association Mission Team led by Director of Missions Gene Stokes (left).

Primed with a willing spirit and hard-working mindset, the Middle Florida Baptist Association Director of Missions, Gene Stokes, organized and led a mission trip to The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville July 5-9. There were a total of thirty-three volunteers that participated in the mission trip, representing eight of the Middle Florida churches: Bethel Creek, Brewer Lake, Lee First, Madison First, Mayo, New Home, New Macedonia and Pine Grove. The Association is made up of a total of thirty-two Southern Baptist Churches throughout the Madison, Jefferson, and Lafayette Counties.

The mission-minded volunteers made up of youth and adults gathered at the Middle Florida Baptist Association Office on Monday, July 5, at 3:00 p.m. to travel to BCF. Work began early on Tuesday morning as the eager mission team labored around the campus and then assembled each day for a time of devotion and prayer.

The Middle Florida Mission Team volunteered many hours of service to prepare residence halls for the fall semester, including painting, pressure washing, and window cleaning. The group also spent time and efforts in cleaning up the Log Cabin in Heritage Village where countless events and conferences take place during the school year.

According to Stokes, one of the highlights of the mission trip was having BCF student Bryan Phillips, from Lee (Madison County), share his testimony of love for the Lord and BCF with the group. Also, Jerry Windsor and wife, Jerry Mae, shared the evening meal on Thursday with the group and brought greetings from The Florida Baptist Historical Society. Stokes added that the youth and adults also enjoyed riding the BCF Conference Bike.

The team did an outstanding job of helping the BCF staff prepare for the students who will arrive on campus the middle of August. The overall attitude of the team was best summed up by Stokes, "Our joy was in knowing we were working to enhance the physical surroundings for the students who are preparing to 'Change the World Through the Unchanging Word®.'"

For more information about mission opportunities at The Baptist College of Florida, call 800.328.2660 ext. 465.