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Thursday, August 14, 2008

It’s Not the Destination, It’s the Journey


On July 7, six students from The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, Fl., along with BCF Preaching Professor John Thomas, traveled to Peru on missions. Landing in Peru with the purpose of sharing the gospel with Peruvians, as well as spending time in the local churches, the missions team quickly learned that each day produced a new barrier they would have to face.
"Our trip was marked by obstacles that became God-ordained opportunities," stated Thomas. "The sovereignty of God and His special providence were evident each day."
The trip started with a 16-hour drive from Lima, Peru to Ayacucho where the team was delayed because a national strike had erupted in the community. Not to be deterred, the team took the opportunity to play soccer and volleyball with the children of the city and shared Christ during the delays.
Traveling another eight hours, the team arrived at the city of Huancopi. In route, the bus they were traveling on got stuck. They exited the bus to find a wedding in progress and the local school had closed. The missions team was able to spend time with teachers and students sharing the message of Christ. "God used our bus getting stuck to allow us to speak to the kids and teachers about Christ," said BCF Senior Krista Brown.
The team’s last stop was in the city of Umaro where they all started building positive relationships among the people. BCF graduate Noah Reid said, "I learned that when missionaries go somewhere, they have to be on their best behavior."
"We saw many lives changed and a couple of village churches strengthened by the ministry of these fabulous students," concluded Thomas. "Our motto while in Peru was: ‘It’s not the destination, it’s the journey’." This was a journey they will not soon forget.
To learn more about how you can get involved with missions at The Baptist College of Florida contact BCF Missions Coordinator Lauren Parnell, 800-328-2660 ext. 488.

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