Members of First Baptist Church in Orlando have made a mission trip to The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville for the past 14 summers, sacrificing their vacation time and resources to serve on the campus. Motivated and committed, these 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.
About 90 team members, including 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 FBC Orlando mission team always has brought a unique component to the campus: 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 team’s efforts and hard work.
Mission Team Leaders and Coordinators Jim and Pat Wortham said that they are making plans for a small group of volunteers to return to Graceville in October or November to complete some projects. “It is always four days of work and sweat, sore muscles, good food and lots of fun, fellowship and laughter,” said Jim.
According to BCF staff members, every year the Orlando mission team arrives it brings new life and excitement to the campus. The hard work and campus improvements completed by these 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, call 800-328-2660, ext. 460 or visit baptistcollege.edu.