Johnathan, a group leader who attended FUGE camps at Ridgecrest, shares why he chose to take his students to FUGE.
It’s never too early to think about camp for summer 2015! Go to www.fuge.com and register today!
Today’s post comes from Rachel Trammell. Rachel has worked with FUGE as an SLA, staffer, camp director, intern, and a full-time office staff. Currently, Rachel lives in Nashville, TN where she works for Justice & Mercy International, a faith-based organization that aims to make justice personal for the poor, orphaned, and forgotten of the world. Rachel loves being outside, the Georgia Bulldawgs, traveling new places, and, maybe most of all, CAMP.
The town I grew up in had a vast, magical place called Dixieland Fun Park. Once in a while, I would get to visit Dixieland for a friend’s birthday party, an end-of-the-softball-season celebration, and the like. The fun at Dixieland seemed unending: a putt-putt course, water raft races, a zip line, a huge arcade. I couldn’t imagine more fun in one place.
Sometime in high school, I went with a few friends to the Fun Park with the intentions of playing putt-putt. It had been years since I’d been to Dixieland, but I definitely had a pretty clear picture of what I remembered the Park to be. When we arrived, I was stunned. “What HAPPENED? This place is a dump,” I thought. I soon found out, though, nothing had happened. Dixieland had always been like this. A tiny mini-golf course, a few arcade machines, and a murky pool. Here I was, totally disillusioned by what I had once thought to be so true.
The very best news of our lives is this: Jesus is NOT disillusioned by who we really are. He did not go to the cross thinking He was sacrificing His life for some pretty good people. He knew then, and knows now, the depths of our sinful hearts. He was fully aware of the ways we would fail, dishonor, and ignore Him. Yet “for the joy set before Him, He endured the Cross” (Hebrews 12:2). This, friends, is news worth banking everything on; that the all-knowing Savior would know us deeply, and still choose to call us His beloved. Tim Keller, a pastor in New York City, puts it this way, “But to be fully known and truly loved, is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything.” It’s true. We have a Creator who knows us better than anyone ever will, while loving us more then anyone ever could.
How different would our lives be if we daily remembered we are truly loved by Love Himself? What freedom is found for those who live in this truth!
Is the church just a building where you go on Sundays? Is it a social club where you fellowship with others and have fun? Is it too predictable? Is the church of today what was intended when the church was first formed 2,000 years ago? What does living as the Body of Christ in an unbelieving world look like? This summer at FUGE, we will learn more about God’s call on our lives to BE the church to the world around us.
Messy. Hype. Chaotic. Energy. Excitement. Craziness. Competitive. Teamwork. Ridiculous. FUGE CUP.
All words to describe one of the many reasons why people love FUGE Camps, the friendly competition we refer to as MEGA RELAY. If you’ve been to FUGE before, you have experienced Mega Relay and you cannot help but love every single second of its action-packed goodness. Maybe you’ve been carried fireman-style across a field. Maybe you’ve had pudding or baby food poured on your face. Maybe you’ve been forced to whistle ‘Happy Birthday’ with a mouthful of crackers. Maybe you’ve even found yourself stumbling to the ground because you’re so dizzy after spinning around a pool noodle. Regardless of your experiences with Mega Relay, you can’t help but walk away looking forward to the next year when you will get to run it again. It’s that much fun!
This year, for the first time ever, we want to supply you with items for Mega Relay bundled together for one low price! We are excited to announce the Mega Relay Bag! Included in this bag are the following items: a t-shirt, water bottle, buff, bracelet, and face paint. To make this deal even sweeter, we are throwing in a free drawstring bag, which is only available by purchasing this bundle. This is a total value of $35 for only $25 – a savings of $10!
To ensure we get everyone a Mega Relay Bag who wants one this summer, we are asking that group leaders preorder them now. Included in the Parent Pack, found within the Group Leader Information at FUGE.com, is an order form for parents to fill out and give to the Group Leaders. We are asking that only Group Leaders fill out the online order form. Preorders must be completed by May 1, so don’t wait!
Be sure to read the information on the preorder form for more details. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com. Check back later or on our facebook and twitter pages for photos!
Good luck this year at Mega Relay! Who knows? You may even win the FUGE Cup!
Link to preorder: http://bit.ly/1fZ73Bg
A sneak peek — The 2014 MEGA RELAY BAG!
** DISCLAIMER: This MEGA Bag is optional. It is not required that you purchase one in order to participate in Mega Relay at camp. However, we believe it will greatly enhance your MEGA experience.
Webster’s defines belief as this: a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true. We place belief in so many things: we believe our car will start when we turn the key, a chair will hold us up when we sit down, a roller coaster won’t break when we get on. We place our trust in family and friends, but the one thing that all of these things have in common is their tendency to fail. It may not be often but nothing of this world is perfect.
In Mark 9 we find the story of a father asking Christ to cleanse his son of an unclean spirit. I will focus on the statements made by these two men; one by Christ and the other by the father. The father says to Christ, “if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us”. Christ is surprised by this, it’s as if He was saying, “If I can, are you kidding?” How could he doubt His ability to heal his son and the power that Christ had? He had been displaying it in that area for over a year, but sometimes that’s not enough. We have seen the power of Christ in the Word and in the world, yet we doubt His ability and control over our lives countless times. We are so independent that we believe we can try to take care of things on our own rather than going to God first. The father cries to Jesus, “I believe, help my unbelief”. What an honest man. He believes in Jesus, believes in His power but admits he has doubt. God has never expected us to have perfect faith. There is always going to be some doubt mixed in but Christ assures us that, “All things are possible for one who believes”. So don’t be afraid to admit your doubt to God, He already knows. Confront it, face it head on and ask God to remove it.
Haley Lavergne participated in the Student Leader Apprentice (SLA) program for two years: 2012 in Nashville, TN and 2013 in Glorieta, NM. She is currently studying at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In her spare time, you will find her outside in a hammock immersed in a good book or creating art with various mediums.
“Welcome to SLA, where questions about the future aren’t allowed and getting thrown outside of your comfort zone is guaranteed.”
Although I wasn’t greeted with these exact words when arriving at Glorieta, they certainly sum up my experience. I arrived asking the Lord to move in mighty ways and left in awe of how He exceeded my expectations. Being quiet and being a friend to listen and encourage was the trend for the entire two weeks. It sounds small because I am a small part of what God did. He doesn’t need me but He chooses to use me. What a beautiful God we serve. I was given the opportunity to watch God use something as simple as truly listening, in such a huge way as He began to heal hurting people. All the while, I had a front row seat listening to fellow SLAers, staffers, campers, site friends, and most importantly: the Lord. I was continually taken back by our innate desire to be heard and known. It was simultaneously: overwhelming, wonderful, powerful and humbling. SLA’s focus on service leadership taught me how truly listening and serving the people in front of me are crucial.
James 5:16a says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” I think much of the healing James talks about also comes from listening. I learned that that’s where ministry happens: in intentional moments packed with sincere love and genuine care for God’s people. Jesus took the time to not only heal people’s physical needs, but He took care of them as human beings with the desire to be loved. He saw desires to be seen, accepted, and deeply known. It went beyond physical healing. He went deeper to care for emotions. He loved past the surface. He loves deep and He loves well. I learned about that at SLA and it is something I am grateful to say I’m still learning.