Amber Bruce’s Life Change Story
I attended FUGE Camps for four years as a camper and one year as an adult. I knew from the first time I experienced camp that I wanted to be on staff one day. My dream to be on staff came true in 2017 when I was placed on the North Greenville University team. When I found out I was working a 6-day camp instead of the 5-day camp I was used to as a camper, I was nervous, but I knew God had a plan.
I had an opportunity to go on a mission trip but decided not to go in case the dates would interfere with camp. In March 2017, I was notified that the mission trip I declined had an open spot, if I wanted it. I had not heard back from FUGE Camps so I decided to attend the mission trip. The following week, I received an email asking if I would be able to work camp.
The day I needed to leave for camp was the same day I would get back from my other mission trip. God had it planned out perfectly and knew that I needed to attend both. I got to Kentucky (my home state) at 3am Sunday from Honduras, and left at 11am that same Sunday for South Carolina.
Camp could have been exhausting, but the joy of the Lord was my fuel, and I never felt exhausted. While I might have felt tired at times, when I look back on camp, that’s not what I remember. My memories are of the life change that happened. Not just in the campers, but in my life as well. I learned what it was like to fully rely on God. Even when I was running on a few hours of sleep and was almost sure it wasn’t possible, God would remind me that all things are possible through Him.
I grew so much while I was simultaneously helping others grow. I was selected to lead students, but I was only capable of this leadership through the Lord leading me. I was taught the importance of constant prayer to make it through each day and each situation. My faith was stretched as well as my knowledge.
I even had the opportunity to use my passion of American Sign Language at camp, which is my minor in college. A deaf student needed someone to interpret, and I was able to help. Although nervous to try interpreting for the first time, I knew God had this planned before I even applied for camp. I put my faith in Him and was able to help her that week of camp. I have no doubt God knew that both this girl and I would be there at camp that week. I received my sign name at camp, which is considered a gift from the deaf that typically takes years to receive. I now get to share this story with everyone who asks about my sign name in the deaf community, which really helps lead into discussions about the Lord.
The Lord did and is doing amazing works before, during, and after the summer of 2017. These are just a few ways I saw Him move. I’m so thankful I was able to be a part of it. They call it ‘Life Changing Camps’ for a reason.