My name is Cameron and I was a Ministry Track Leader at our West Palm Beach location in 2015 and will be returning as Assistant Director in 2017! The West Palm Beach location holds a very special place in my heart.
Camp is located on campus at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a school that is stunning to visit and loves partnering with FUGE Camps to minister to the surrounding community. It is an absolutely beautiful city with a very drastic separation in demographics. The stark difference between the cities wealthiest areas and the more impoverished neighborhoods provides for a very unique ministry opportunity. In my time at this location, God made me very aware of the city’s desperate need for Christ in both the wealthy and the needy. Students who attended camp were given the chance to encounter and share Christ with both groups, showing God’s love with those who had plenty and those who were in times of need.
Students found themselves emboldened and empowered by the Holy Spirit to reach out to those in the community and claim Christ as their own. Stories were told daily of God’s transformational love interrupting lives and students experiencing their Savior for very the first time.
As a staffer, one of the most beautiful things to witness was the powerful transformations that happened in the hearts of students and adults alike. Students found themselves emboldened and empowered by the Holy Spirit to reach out to those in the community and claim Christ as their own. Stories were told daily of God’s transformational love interrupting lives and students experiencing their Savior for the very first time. One of the greatest advantages of this camp is the intimacy of the location. Because churches served and worshiped closely together, they were able to share in the joys of these stories as a powerful representation of the body of Christ.
Some of my fondest memories at this location occurred at one of our ministry sites. I led a group of students to a local Haitian Baptist church as we helped to facilitate their VBS for the summer. Many of these children were from underprivileged households or unfriendly domestic situations. It was humbling to see the work that God accomplished through the students, whether by directly sharing the Gospel or just being a loving friend to the kids. Numerous times during the summer I would be pulled aside by a student raving about how he led a kid in their first prayer or how she was able to share her faith for the first time. VBS kids would ask how they could know and receive Christ, then return later with friends who wanted to do the same. FUGE Camps students would experience these types of stories daily on ministry sites across camp and be given stories of God’s faithfulness that would shape their own faith for years to come.
This camp location is so much more than just a beautiful destination. It’s more than a gorgeous campus and stunning beaches. It’s more than a summer getaway or a luxurious vacation spot. To me, this camp represents God’s interceding love regardless of where life has us. It represents a time when God reveals Himself to a city regardless of age, financial bracket or social status. It symbolizes moments when students realized that if our God can move massive mountains made of rock then He can certainly move their heart of stone. It represents life change. It represents an intimate and loving God reaching out to His people. I count it among my greatest blessings that the Lord took me to this place to share and encounter Him. With all of this being said, I certainly can’t wait to do it all again in a few short months and I hope to share in that joy with as many as possible!
If you are looking for a camp location for 2017, register for West Palm Beach!! Call 1-877-CAMP-123 or go online to www.fugecamps.com to register.
No financial obligation is due until February 1, 2017.