Volunteers

There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. — 1 Corinthians 12:7

The Work

The construction tasks assigned to construction volunteers are largely dependent on the progress the church has made in construction so far. Typically, our construction tasks will consist of framing, electrical, plumbing, sheet-rocking, and other interior work. We don't know the nature of the tasks until we select that year's project, and we don't know for sure until we arrive on site and see how the previous week's crew did in comparison to the schedule. What we do know is that regardless of our tasks, God will find a way to make the week even more special than we imagined.

While BFC trips are known for their construction activities, there are many other important tasks. The teams usually include a Kitchen Team that is responsible for feeding the construction crews (and themselves!). Younger kids also find places to serve; for example, the Rehydration Team delivers water and other refreshments, providing welcome relief to the sweaty workers. Often the community donates fresh fruit, vegetables, and other forms of assistance to the team.

A trip might also include assisting the host church with visitation and publicizing the project, which helps to raise awareness in the community of the new facility and generate additional local volunteers. Finally, we make sure that our schedule allows time for the volunteers and the members of the host church to get to know one another. This includes Sunday worship and a Wednesday activity.

In short, there is a job for everyone; all that is required are servant hearts and willing hands.

Costs

The majority of our team members take a week of vacation and pay their own way while working on these construction projects. Housing is often provided by the host church (e.g., at member homes), although some team members choose to bring RVs to minimize the housing burden on the host church (because host congregations might be small). The team members are also responsible for their own transportation, which is typically in the range of a 12-hour drive. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools, but the BFC team will often have tools that can be borrowed. This economizing allows us to minimize trip costs to a few hundred dollars, which is primarily used for food, the Wednesday activity, and miscellaneous construction items for the team.

Logistical preparation and support by the host church is significant. In addition to opening their homes to welcome the volunteers, the host church secures and pays for the land, site work, slab work, building materials, design work, permitting, etc.