Welcome Week 2016 – Begins Aug 28th!!

It’s our favorite week of the year.  And BCM Welcome Week 2016 is gonna be a ton of fun. You’ll have great opportunities to meet new people, build community and get the semester started off on the right foot.  Feel free to show up at any (or all!) of our events…you’ll be sure to make friends fast.  It all starts on Monday, August 29th.

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Sunday (28th) – Pre-Welcome Week Pool Party/Cookout at the Lowry’s home.  For directions, text us (423-645-4027).  Festivities start at 6:30pm.  Bring your suit and a towel.  We’ve got the rest.

Monday (29th) – Cookout and Game Night at the BCM (across from Cleveland State).  6:30pm.  We’ll have some food for you and tons of games going on around the building.  Cornhole, Spikeball, Ultimate Spoons and more.

Tuesday – Happy Hour at the BCM (12-2).  Free drinks and snacks at the BCM.  Come check out the place and meet some of our leadership team!

Wednesday – It’s bowlingwithstrangers!!!  We’ve reserved a bunch of lanes at Leisure Time Bowling on Keith Street.  We’ll meet up at 9pm and bowl with old (and new) friends.  Bring someone with you and we’ll introduce you to others for a fun night of bowling.  It’s only $5 and that includes your shoes and 2 games!  There’s a rumor that we may have bowlingwithstrangers t-shirts too!!

Thursday – It’s our first FREE Lunch Thursday of the semester.  Every Thursday we serve a home-cooked meal to college students in Cleveland.  Show up to the BCM between 11:30-1:00pm and get some fresh made deliciousness.

Coffee on Campus – We’ll be handing out FREE coffee at Lee on Wednesday morning and Cleveland State on Thursday.  Come by and get some coffee and conversation!

The BCM building is located at 1475 Norman Chapel Road, Cleveland, TN 37312.  If you need a ride to any event, text us at 423-645-4027 or email bcmcleveland@gmail.com

Summer Missionary Profile: John Simmons

 

Summer Missionary Profile: John Simmons

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John Simmons is a junior at Lee University who is currently serving in the Dominican Republic with Students’ International.

What’s your major?

Health and Wellness

Three things you can’t currently live without?

People, Pica Pollo, & Siesta

Three things you miss most?John Simmons Group

Sweet Tea, Air Conditioning, & Justin Tatum

Best moment so far?

Seeing one of my participants come to know Christ

Most difficult moment so far?

Seeing medical issues that could easily be treated in the United States, but here are asecondary concern because of poverty

John Simmons InternsA typical day for me looks like…

Assisting my two site leaders with running the site while including teams that come in to serve, as well as assisting teams with experiencing Dominican culture

How can we pray for you?

Applying my experiences from here in the DR to life at home

Fast food you can’t wait to eat?

The Cheesy Frito Burrito from Taco Bell

What is the purpose of your particular mission trip?

Internship with Students’ International, assisting at the Men’s Sports Site

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Summer Missionary Profile: Hannah Thurmond

Summer Missionary Profile: Hannah Thurmond

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Hannah Thurmond is a sophomore at Cleveland State Community College who is currently serving in Cleveland, TN with Ocoee Outreach.

What’s your major?

I’m currently a business major but I am still praying about what God has for my life.

Three things you can’t currently live without?Hannah Group Shot

My supportive family and friends, my Bible, and my Chacos

Three things you miss most?

Sleep…

Best moment so far?

Seeing the homeowners faces once the repairs on their homes are completed.

Most difficult moment so far?

Lack of communication between team members

Hannah WorkersA typical day for me looks like…

Wake up and get ready, quiet time, get on site early, a full day of work, go home, get ready for dinner, nightly activity (dinner, canvassing, block party, church service, etc.), go home, spend time with my family, go to bed, repeat.

How can we pray for you?

Strength and energy, patience, effective communication, having a knowledge of words to speak when needed and when to be quiet.

Fast food you can’t wait to eat?Hannah VBS

CHICKFILA ALL DAY ER DAY

What is the purpose of your particular mission trip?

Serving and ministering to the people of Cleveland

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Summer Missionary Profile: Jonah Jenkins

Summer Missionary Profile: Jonah Jenkins

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Jonah Jenkins is a junior at Cleveland State Community College who is currently serving in Cleveland, TN with Ocoee Outreach.

What’s your major?

Music Production

Three things you can’t currently live without?image

LOTS of water, hats and cargo shorts

Three things you miss most?

I’m still stateside, but definitely waking up past 9, staying up longer than 10:30, and regular dinner with my family

Best moment so far?

Probably meeting Mr. Rudolph, a homeowner I worked with who was 96 years old. He was spry, witty and had so much wisdom; I loved getting to share some conversations with him.

imageMost difficult moment so far?

Every morning when the 5:45 alarm goes off.

A typical day for me looks like…

Wake up, get breakfast with my team, be on site by 7-7:30, work until about 3, get dinner with the team around 5 and then head out to do further community ministry like block parties, joint church services, etc.

How can we pray for you?

Definitely just to be disciplined and finish strong this summer. It gets hard to keep the imageschedule, but every week it shows me more and more why it’s worth it. It’s one of the coolest experiences I’ve been able to have in my life, but it does take a toll on you, especially physically. Prayers for discipline and strength are appreciated.


imageFast food you can’t wait to eat?

Well I’m still at home, but I definitely haven’t had my regular amount of Taco Bell this summer.

What is the purpose of your particular mission trip?

Renovate houses for no charge to the owner in SE Tennessee, specifically East Cleveland, as well as hosting Backyard Bible Clubs for some of the local boys and girls clubs. Ultimately because we know giving to those who can’t give back is one of the things Jesus was passionate about, and we want to be His hands and feet.

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Summer Missionary Profile: Sarah Mantooth

Summer Missionary Profile: Sarah Mantooth

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Sarah Mantooth is a senior at Lee University who is currently serving in Cleveland, TN with Ocoee Outreach.  Sarah has been involved with BCM Cleveland for three years now.  She is a member of the BCM leadership team and is the current Co-President of BCM at Lee.

What’s your major?

Elementary Education

Three things you can’t currently live without?image

  1. Coffee
  2. An early bedtime
  3. Hiking Days

Three things you miss most?

  1. My family
  2. People who aren’t in town
  3. Alone time

Best moment so far?

My first team was just wonderful. We connected quickly and they loved me well and that made the whole week great, but if I could only pick one moment it would be from week four. I was at a Boys and Girls Club and one of the kids got really excited after he recognized me from his time spent at the BCM with Family Promise. It was really cool to see my investment from the previous semester and the summer collide. We went up to a worker at the Boys and Girls Club who listened to everything the two of us did together a few months prior. I then got to spend the whole week with him. He kept me on my toes.

Most difficult moment so far?

It’s difficult when individuals on my team don’t step up into his or her role and I am forced into numerous roles that I am not prepared/expected to take charge of.

imageA typical day for me looks like…

They are all so different, but all of them include waking up early and usually a late evening event. If my team is working on a house we are typically there from 7:30 in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon painting the house and getting to know the homeowner. If my team is working at a Boys and Girls Club we are there from 9:45 in the morning until 2:00 that afternoon forming relationships and goofing off with the kids. We then have dinner together, canvas, and host block parties.

How can we pray for you?

A renewed spirit each day because most days come with challenges and can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually draining.

Fast food you can’t wait to eat?

I have Chickfila delivered to me on site every Monday…I just need a Starbucks runner too and life would be swell.

What is the purpose of your particular mission trip?

The purpose of Ocoee Outreach is to restore, renew, and reach. Whether it is restoring a home or building relationships with the children of Cleveland we desire to share the hope that anyone can have in Jesus. We want restoration and renewal of spirits through Christ. It is as simple as that.

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Summer Missionary Profile: Kyle Limburg

 

imageSummer Missionary Profile: Kyle Limburg

Kyle Limburg is a sophomore at Cleveland State Community College.  He is serving with Ocoee Outreach in Cleveland, TN.

What is your major?

History/Educationimage

 

Three things you can’t live without?

My friends, my tool-belt, and my coffee.

Three things you miss most?

I think what I miss most is my free time with friends and being able to do “summer stuff.” We get evenings off, but by the time we get home most days it’s time to leave again and go to the community dinners or block parties we do with the teams we’re working with for that week; I definitely miss my free time.

Best moment so far?

I think the best moment of my summer so far was during week 3. I was working with a local church from Cleveland, called Clingan Ridge Baptist. On our first day on the site we knew we had a ton of work to do just to be able to get on the roof. The house was covered with brush and trees that had grown up over time. But immediately when we got there I and another guy on my team knocked on the door to introduce ourselves to the homeowners. So we did, but eventually he came out and sat outside to just see what we were doing. I approached him with a simple question, “Are you from here in Cleveland?” From then on we began a conversation that lasted over an hour. The homeowner began to tell me hard times from his past and really opened up his heart with me. What I think was so cool about it was I was just simply asking a question and boom. All of a sudden he opened up his heart solely because I was just willing to listen. It was a very cool moment for me as it was the first time I’ve encountered a homeowner with that sort of openness and transparency.

Most difficult moment so far?

My most difficult moment so far was a couple of weeks ago. I had a group that was very inexperienced with roofing. Over the past two summers I have gained a lot of knowledge about roofing and construction in general. Our job as missionaries is just to be a liaison and a spiritual leader for our teams and homeowners. The construction is not our main job; it’s the team’s job and their crew chief. Well, like I said, they were extremely inexperienced as far as the work goes. So basically I was the most knowledgeable roofer on the team. Needless to say it was a pretty stressful week for me on top of being super tired from weeks past.  So I really had to suck it up and be a construction chief and the spiritual leader I needed to be for my team all on top of being exhausted so that was a very challenging week.

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A typical day for you looks like…

A typical day for me is waking up around 6 o’clock and taking a shower and drink some coffee. Then I’ll leave my house and go fill up my water coolers for my team, and then I will drive to wherever I am meeting my team. Whether it’s at the hotel where they are staying or at the site. From then we work from 7:30 in the morning until around 11:30. At 11:30 we have our lunch runners bring us lunch and we take a break for a while and then I will lead my team in a devotion just to keep our minds spiritually sharp. After that we get back to work usually until around 3-4 o’clock. Then I’ll go home get cleaned up and rest until around 5. Then we eat dinner with our teams wherever the church that is sponsoring for us that week. Then usually a couple nights a week, our teams will do block parties out in the community. So we will go help with that. I usually get home around 9 o’clock. Sometimes maybe later, sometimes maybe earlier it just depends on what we have going on. Finally I go to bed. Wake up the next morning and do it again.

How can we pray for you?

If you can just please pray for spiritual strength for me. With what I do as a summer missionary it can get very exhausting and it can become very easy to get complacent and caught up in how tired I am and ready to get home. I just really want to be aware of what God’s doing around me in others or in my own heart. So sometimes it’s very easy for me to zoom over things or really miss opportunities to witness to others.

What fast food do you miss the most?

Well I still live in my hometown in Cleveland so I can pretty much eat what I want to if I have time. But I definitely miss eating our hometown pizza place called Gabriel’s. During school I’m usually there at least once a week. But during the summer, not so much.

What is the purpose of your mission trip?

The purpose of what I do here in my hometown of Cleveland is to reach the lost people of my own city with the love and the story of Jesus Christ. Yes, we do construction projects, like roofs, paint sites, ramps, bible clubs, but that is just the way that we show the love of Christ to these people. Yes some of the homeowners we encounter might have a relationship with Jesus and that is awesome, but then it will be my job and our job as the body of Christ to encourage them and be there with them by doing a construction project on their house. But all in all, the main purpose is Jesus. That’s it. I want people to know and realize the love that he showed on the cross for me and for them as well. I want to people to come to know Christ and believe he died for them. So that they can follow God’s plan for their lives and grow in spiritual maturity through God’s word.

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Summer Missionary Profile: Brina Lovelace

Brina is a freshman at Lee University12670467_1013309722040280_1232132667122365222_n who is currently serving with IMB missionaries in Xalapa, Mexico.  Here are some excerpts from a recent interview with her.  Enjoy.

What’s your major?

It was going to be Intercultural Studies, but after this summer I’m changing it to teaching English as a Second Language with an Intercultural Studies minor instead.

Three things you can’t currently live without?

Bible, eggs, and coffee.

Three things you miss most?

Water pressure, family, and Chick-Fil-A

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Best moment so far?

After feeling for so long like I didn’t have a ministry here because there were no teams or consistent projects, I got to share my testimony with some of the friends I had built up relationships with and saw God working on their hearts before my eyes.  So I guess realizing that my life in itself is my ministry, because Jesus is the best and biggest thing about me—it doesn’t take a big ministry project to further the kingdom.

Most difficult moment so far?

Trying to adjust to difficult people and learning that I can’t love/work with them without praying .  As in, I soon realized prayer was the foundation of loving others, but I had been trying without prayer for a while and it was very hard.

 A typical day for me looks like…

On work days, it’s wake up at 7, weld, paint, sand, do whatever we need to do to build, and stop around 4 or 5.  3 nights a week, we have Bible studies with different groups at 7, so we’ll go straight there after work.13516666_1095855947118990_8682179388388778069_n

On non-work days, we will either go to the town the team will work in to prepare, go to the store to get things we need, or sometimes there’s a youth function with a church that I’ll go to.

Fast food you can’t wait to eat?

Chick-Fil-A, duh!

Please continue to pray for Brina as she serves the wonderful people of Xalapa.