Special chapel speaker for the Missions Conference will be missionary and pilot Michael Stroh, executive director for the International Association of Missions Aviation (IAMA) and Director of Aviation Safety with New Tribes Mission Aviation.
Out of the 14 years of working with New Tribes Mission Aviation, Stroh spent nine years as chief pilot and missionary in Indonesia on the island of Borneo. He studied aerospace engineering at San Diego State University in California, and has also taken courses at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona. Stroh brings an inspirational outlook on missions to the Missions Conference in support of BCF’s Missions Aviation program.
In addition to the special time of worship and missions emphasis during chapel, there will be an exhibit area located in the student center where representatives from mission agencies will be available to provide information about their programs, share their vision of missions, and recruit for upcoming mission projects.
For more information about the Missions Conference, please call at 800-328-2660 ext. 478 or visit www.baptistcollege.edu.
In other conference news, in mid-September BCF reported students, faculty, and staff in Graceville were blessed and renewed as Wayne Barber, senior pastor of Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Rick Shepherd, Team Strategist, Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Team at the Florida Baptist Convention, challenged participants to live surrendered lives by praying daily and letting God live in and through them.
Each morning, the faculty and students gathered at 10 a.m. in the R.G. Lee Chapel and worshiped together singing the ageless song “Ancient Words.”
Shepherd challenged participants to get in the Word and pray. He said that often people ask him, “If you could say one thing to Christians, what would you say?” Shepherd responded, “You have got to have a quiet time every day.”
Barber preached from Hebrews 8:6. He instructed students on the “new covenant” in Christ, explaining how Christians no longer have to work to impress God, but God lives in and through His people. “Religion of any sort tries to change a person from the outside in … Christ changes a person from the inside out,” said Barber encouraging listeners to focus on Christ living in and through them.
Barber and Shepherd joined BCF students for a special time of prayer, praise, and worship Tuesday evening during Baptist Collegiate Ministries. There were over 200 members of the BCF family that committed themselves to praying during the prayer conference as Barber and Shepherd faithfully and openly used personal stories and life experiences of their faith journey and prayer life.
At the close of the conference, Shepherd used a rock illustration to help students understand that nothing is too great or too small for God, followed by Barber who preached from James 1 encouraging students to consider every trial and persecution a joy. He reiterated the statement that, “You’re either in a storm now, you just came out of one, or you’re about to go into a storm.” According to Barber, God uses the storms in our lives for good in the same way that gold is tested by fire to prove its authenticity and value.
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