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Thursday, June 19, 2008

First Baptist Orlando Volunteers Return to BCF

An exciting time at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville is when volunteer teams from across the country arrive to lend a helping hand on special "school’s out" projects on campus. This summer, June 7-13, over 40 members of First Baptist Church (FBC) Orlando, Fl, cleaned and painted buildings, refurbished bathrooms, and worked on construction projects from early morning until dusk.
Having been involved in mission teams from FBC Orlando for six years, Jim Wortham and his wife, Pat, were pleased to be the team leaders for this year’s trip. "It’s been a dream of our Missions pastor to come up here and be involved," stated Wortham. "Some of our laymen are familiar with the foundation of the school and so we’ve been coming here for six years doing anything from grounds work to painting, maintenance and construction."
This year’s projects included painting two dormitories, Brackin-Chandler Hall and Smith Hall, painting the student laundry room and also portions of the gymnasium. The team also assisted with construction on a new duplex on Ezell St., and the replacement of all the sinks in Brackin-Chandler Hall. Pat Wortham commented, "This trip has been a great time of fellowship serving the Lord."
The Orlando team was furnished with lodging in Napier and Lakeside dorms and food services was provided by Mike Parrish in the Lake Vista Dining Hall. Wortham was very grateful stating, "Mike and his team have been so great this year. They’ve done an excellent job with the food. Everyone on this trip said they will for sure be back next year!"
After a hard day’s work, members of the FBC Orlando team could be found playing volleyball and enjoying time together as a family in the gymnasium. For more information on mission projects at The Baptist College of Florida, call 800-328-2660 x 460.

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