By Hilo BCM director, Anita Bice
On March 2, a team of seven arrived from Tennessee with donations from friends and hearts to work. The team started out as one family with connections to Kinoole Baptist Church and Hilo Baptist Campus Ministries (Hilo BCM) director Anita Bice.
The Spain family: Gene & Stacey Spain and their daughters, eleven-year-old Mailynn and Atley, a senior at Boyce University in Kentucky. The Spains are members of Madison Heights Baptist Church in Madison, Tenn. They enlisted their friend Billy Whittinghill of Longhollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. Billy brought his expertise as a contractor to the team. Billy’s daughter Allie Whittinghill and her friend Abby Bacon, students at Lee University, also joined the team.
The missions team visited Puna Baptist Church while they were on the Big Island. Puna Baptist members Tom Nelson and Mike Delyria introduced themselves and volunteered to help. Mike retired from the flooring business and offered to help with new flooring. He spent the week after the team left installing new floors to replace badly worn flooring. Other projects included replacing the kitchen sinks and counters and painting. Missions team members and BCM students painted the kitchen, and members of Big Island churches provided meals for workers.