Our blog is no longer located at this address. All of our old and new content can be found at blog.lifeway.com/fuge. So head on over there, subscribe to our posts via e-mail, and keep up with all of the latest FUGE happenings!
Monday, December 3, 2012
“Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." - John 20:21
Jesus Himself was sent. We, too, have been sent by the Father.
As believers, we are called to obediently proclaim the Gospel in the context in which we live. For some, this means following Jesus to the ends of the earth. For former FUGE camper and staffer Jourdan, this means spending the next two years in Africa, devoting herself to the life-giving news of the one true Savior.
Jourdan attended FUGE as a student, and then went on to work three summers of camp at FUGE in Mobile and New Orleans. Recently, she has moved to Africa, where she will live and minister until summer 2014.
We had the chance to ask Jourdan a few questions about her experience with FUGE and how it connects with her time thus far as a missionary in Africa.
FUGE: What was your favorite thing about being a FUGE staffer?
Jourdan: Definitely working with the students. Every week a new group of students comes to camp and as a staffer, you get to serve, teach, and disciple them. Many weeks these students teach you something new, and it's a complete joy to see how the Father is working in this generation.
FUGE: How do you feel serving at camp prepared you for your time in Africa?
Jourdan: My time as a staffer definitely prepared me to go to the nations.
It encouraged me to step up in my own community. Father has called us where we are for a specific reason. There's no way that I could be serving here if I had not been given opportunities to serve at home. Camp gave me those opportunities and challenged me to look for more.
FUGE: How can we be praying for you and your ministry?
Jourdan: Please be praying for language, friendships that are made, and for strength to survive learning a new culture and starting life over.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Each summer, we pray that Christ will change lives and hearts of those who attend and serve at camp. Our hope is that people would come to know and love the Father more deeply. Hearing stories of how The Holy Spirit is transforming lives through camp is so exciting.
We asked Katelynn, a staffer this summer at Jenness Park, about an instance in which she saw a glimpse of the transforming power of Jesus. She recalled one particular camper, who walked away from camp much different than when she arrived. Here’s the story, in Katelynn’s words:
“One particular student stands out. She came to camp a new Christian but was struggling with some serious doubt about the existence of God and His sovereignty. It wasn't that she didn't know truth-- she had all the right answers-- it was that she didn't shift into a state of believing those truths. I had a few conversations with her about how we are to choose to take God at His word and that His presence and sovereignty is not based on feelings. I went on to explain how there are times when we experience doubt but are to choose to error on the side of faith rather than our own, limited understanding. She understood that and concluded that she just lacked faith. It became my prayer that Hannah would encounter God in a fresh way that week and that the Holy Spirit would guide her unbelief. At the end of the week, she told me how the Holy Spirit was really transforming her. She decided she was going to walk in faith and let the Holy Spirit be the one to lead. I prayed over her and continued to encourage her. The next morning, she was baptized in the lake at Jenness Park."
|Katelynn and the rest of the Jenness Park FUGE Staff|
Want to be a part of life-change like Katelynn was? Apply to work camp here.