"It Takes a Family" was the Baptist College of Florida's missions conference theme, Oct. 12-14 at the Graceville campus, with a focus on missionary care before, during and after serving on the mission field.
Speakers for the conference were missionaries Mark and Linda Whitworth. Mark is the International Mission Board's member care team leader while Linda serves as IMB's director of stateside assignment training.
Together, they brought insight and real-time experiences in the area of mental health, adjustment and transitions on the mission field and returning to the States.
On Monday night, the Whitworths spoke about the effects of missions on mental health in a session sponsored by the college's chapter of the American Association of Christian Counselors. "Events like this one support the program goals by highlighting the place where our Christian worldview and ministry goals intersect with the promotion of psychological health," BCF professor of psychology Kristy Ford said.
More than 25 mission representatives were on campus to provide information about potential opportunities within their organizations, ranging from IMB and the North American Mission Board to Mission Aviation Fellowship and Wycliffe Bible Translators. A Tuesday evening roundtable gave students and attendees an opportunity to ask questions of the missions representatives.