Olivia Clapp Baumann’s Life Change Story
My dad was at one of the first FUGE Camps 40 years ago. He is a pastor, so FUGE has just always been a thing in my family. I went to CentriKid 3rd-6th grade and to FUGE Camp 7th-12th grade, I participated in the SLA program for two years, chaperoned Kid and FUGE and worked two summers of FUGE. To say that FUGE is in my blood is an understatement. But from growing in Christ myself, to meeting my best friends and bridesmaids, to seeing my students transformed for the gospel, there is one thing in particular I wanted to share.
Some of my first few years at FUGE, our missions offering went to the Roma people. When I saw the faces of the Roma people for the first time, my heart broke. I remember thinking I have to do something for these people, not just give money at camp but more. Our youth group went home from camp and continued raising money for the Roma. But even then, it just wasn’t enough. I felt like God was calling me to go to a specific place and do a specific thing for the first time. For the next couple of years, I went to FUGE, would see the videos and hear the stories, and I was enamored. Flash forward to my freshman year of college when I started going to a church at school. The pastor stood up my first Sunday and introduced our church to this people group called Roma. The North Carolina Baptist State Convention had just started a partnership with them. The following week, my dad who also fell in love with the ROMA through the FUGE offerings, signed up to start a Bible school for Roma pastors. And the following spring, I led a team from my home church to Romania. This fall, I will be leading my sixth trip back to work with the Roma. Through FUGE Camps, God started me on this crazy journey. Camp is where I fell in love with the Roma, with missions and with God. I had no idea as a 7th grader what God had in store or how much the Roma would actual mean to me, but they are my family. Every year, we go to the same area and have built relationships with the people of those six villages. I am thankful for FUGE Camps because of the impact it has on me. I can’t imagine my life without attending FUGE.