Jeff Neal is a former N.F.L. football player and one of the founding member’s of Team Impact. In addition, Jeff is the co-author of “Hold the Rope”, which is a challenge to all Christians to be passionate about evangelism.
For What Are You Listening?
Jeff Neal – FUGE Camp Pastor
The story is told of an American Indian who was in New York City with a wealthy businessman. As they walked through the busy streets, the Indian cocked his head and exclaimed,” I hear a cricket.” The businessman could not hide his skepticism as he laughed audibly and responded, “there is no way you can hear a cricket above the cars and horns and all the noise in this city.” Undeterred, the Indian, once again, cocked his head to one side and listened. The businessman, in complete disbelief, followed as his friend walked 50 feet, crossed the intersection and walked up to the front of a hotel. The Indian then reached inside of a planter and pulled out a cricket. The businessman enthusiastically questioned, “How on earth did you do that?” The Indian responded, “It is easy…you hear what you listen for.” The Indian continued, “Let me show you what I mean.” He then reached into his pocket and pulled out ten coins and he threw them in the air. As the coins jingled, upon landing on the ground, every person within a 50-foot radius came to a stop and began to look at where the sound had come from. The Indian finished his demonstration by saying” See, you hear what you are listening for.”
Why do young people hear from God at FUGE Camp? Further, why do so many people I know say their lives were changed at summer camp? I am such a strong advocate for kids to attend camp because I believe there is an environment created where young people can hear the voice of God. For clarification, I am NOT talking about an audible voice that booms from Heaven. I am merely saying that through the music, the devotionals, the Godly direction of the FUGE staff, the stage is set for young people to hear what God has to say through His perfect, infallible Word. It is not that the Word is presented in a “better” way qualitatively. Instead, I contend the miracle takes place because the world is quieted so that the Word is heard. Without reservation, I am a strong proponent for summer camp. I believe most who attend will have the ability to change what they are listening to. The call of the world is loud and, on the surface, attractive. We need to challenge our students to come and hear from God as His perfect Word is boldly proclaimed at FUGE Camp this summer. I look forward to seeing you!