Retirees find ways to serve Christ by serving BCF

Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service are fulfilling their mission as Christian Servants by working on the Baptist College of Florida campus.Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service have made their annual trip to Graceville, where they have been helping as needed on the Baptist College of Florida campus.

For the past few weeks, they have focused their efforts on remodeling, plumbing, painting, updating electrical outlets and installing new flooring for a house recently purchased by Baptist College of Florida.

RVICS is comprised of retired Christian men and women who travel and live in recreational vehicles and campers in order to serve Christ through an organized work/helping hands ministry. This ministry includes maintenance, restoration, painting, and even small construction projects.

Each project spans approximately three to four weeks, with the focus of Roving Volunteers’ efforts being Christian colleges, schools, camps and conference centers. All the RVICS teams ask in return for their service is a place to park their RVs and someone to lead a weekly Bible study.

The current team of Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service working on the Baptist College of Florida campus includes five couples from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Texas.

“We are basically full-time missionaries,” said RVICS team leader Al Allison, in a statement issued by BCF. “The blessings we get from the work we do far outweigh the sacrifices.”

In addition to the work, the Roving Volunteers also spend time in fellowship with one another and the host organization.

“During the week we have social time, we tour, play games, and have Bible study,” Allison said. “We are working, playing and praying together.”

Several Baptist College of Florida students are helping to lead Bible studies for the RVICS team while they are working on the college campus.

Roving Volunteers team members commit to as many as 8 or 9 projects throughout the year.

Sandra Richards is director of enrollment management and marketing for Baptist College of Florida.

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