Volunteers in Mission 2010
May 5, 2010
Bacone College is seeking out potential mission groups from various churches throughout the United States to assist in repairing the historical buildings on campus, while focusing on campus beautification. As the Bacone campus community expands, Volunteers in Mission (VIM) groups play an increasingly important role in the restoration of our buildings on campus and the houses on faculty row. One of Bacone's biggest supporters over the years has been Mr. Harry Rittenhouse. He and his volunteer group from First Baptist Church in Marion, Ohio came to the Bacone campus March 2010. This particular volunteer group was a collaboration of six churches whose members are highly skilled and completed a number of projects on campus. Mr. Rittenhouse has volunteered his services to Bacone for many years. The fruits of his labor can be seen all over campus and Bacone is proud to be presenting him with an honorary degree at this year's commencement ceremony.
Bacone has been blessed by many volunteers from across the country. Mr. James Clemons is a missionary from Free Will Baptist Church in Franklin, New Hampshire. He devoted his time to painting the halls in the Palmer Center. Ms. Rakmi Shaiza from Bethel Neighborhood Center in Kansas City, Kansas brought a youth group consisting of seven members to work in the month of March. This group devoted a good portion of their time away from school to mission work. They focused all the attention to the Bacone College Conference Center. They scraped and painted the foundation of the hotel structure and painted the outside curbs. This summer, Mr. Rick Dewees from First Baptist Church in Scott City, Kansas will bring a group of responsible youth May 21-24. They will be working on landscaping projects as well as painting. They, along with the other VIM groups who have made verbal commitments throughout the summer will be taking on suitable work projects as they become available. Bacone is thankful and so blessed by the faithful mission groups for their continued dedication to this institution.