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BCF Press Release



June 29, 2016

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FBC Orlando Mission Team.

Sacrificing their vacation time and resources to serve on The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) campus, the eighty-member-strong Volunteer Mission Team from the First Baptist Church in Orlando has made the trip to Graceville every summer now for the past fifteen years. Committed, motivated, full of energy and absolutely delightful, these servant volunteers pressure wash, remodel buildings, paint, remove carpet, lay tile, and trim shrubs preparing the campus for the next semester with the theme, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men." Col. 3:23.

According to FBC Orlando Mission Team Coordinator Jim Wortham, the Orlando volunteers finished all of the projects with over 1980 man hours that included two of their Orlando pastors, an electrician, physician, nurse, professor, teacher, and 19 new team members. They celebrated the youngest member of this year's team, 10-month old Bryson McLaughlin, and the older more seasoned member, 95-year old Laura Montgomery, affectionately called the witness bracelet queen.

While the adults were replacing doors, building frames and dry walling, cutting down trees, pressure washing, shaping shrubbery, cleaning, painting, delivering watermelon and water to keep members hydrated, and making over 2000 witnessing bracelets, the little ones attended what has been loving referred to as GBS (Graceville Bible School) where they learn more about Jesus, played games, and made crafts. Making new friends, enjoying times of fellowship, sharing devotions and worship, and a special BBQ meal at BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen and First Lady Ruth Ann's home were some of the highlights of the week. Team members never complained of sore muscles, dripping sweat or the heat index, but rather laughter could be heard around the campus as together they were making a difference in the life of a college that is committed to changing the world for Christ.

" Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone," I Cor. 12:6-7. With heartfelt thanks, the BCF administration and staff said goodbye to the Orlando Mission Team, gazing in awe of all that they accomplished. The hard work and campus improvements completed by these servant volunteers saved the college huge resources that will be reallocated to sending more students on mission trips and providing scholarships to prepare men and women for areas of ministry and service. 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 www.baptistcollege.edu