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Gary Morgan does life in Nashville, TN with his wife of 22 years, Johni, his two daughters McKenna (15) and Story (12) and his dog Kramer. Gary pastors Mosaic, a community of faith in urban Nashville. You can check out Mosaic on the web at mosaicnashville.org. Gary enjoys reading, coffee, conversation and laughter. He is an ongoing learner of culture and theology and really digs listening to stories about other’s spiritual journeys
Awaken to the Journey
Gary Morgan-FUGE Camp Pastor
National Geographic and a student’s favorite research site, Wikipedia (which their teachers ask them not to use) describe the movie March of the Penguins, as an award-winning documentary where one can see the story of the Emperor Penguins and how they experience a journey like no other. Thousands of Emperor penguins brave icy winds, freezing temperatures, and starvation in this incredible, true story of the continuation of the penguin life cycle. The penguins travel in single file hundreds of miles, crisscrossing Antarctica under the harshest conditions on Earth.
If you have seen the movie or heard the story, you know it is truly an amazing story of journey, family, love and mission.
There is also an amazing story of a journey written in Genesis 12:1-9. Take a few moments to check it out.
Could we awaken to the fact that God invites each of us on a journey with Him? We too are called to travel with God. But sometimes, we’re too preoccupied to hear the invitation, too proud to consider the request, too busy doing too many things, or even too busy talking. In our prayer lives we spend all kinds of time talking, telling God what we want instead of listening to what He has in mind for us.
So, let’s listen to the words of the Psalmist, “Come and see the wonders of God; His acts for humanity are awe-inspiring.” Psalm 66:5
And to the writing in the Book of Jeremiah, “‘For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration —“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.’” Jeremiah 29:11-12
For the next several minutes, take time simply to be in the presence of God. Relinquish your future to God’s plans. Let God direct what your future will hold.
I know you have thoughts about the rest of your life, but the truth is you have about as much control over your future as you do over the direction the wind is going to blow.
Relinquish the path your feet are going to take AND Awaken to the Journey God has in mind for you.
Meagan has worked as a FUGE staffer for five summers, three summers as a track leader and two as a MFUGE site director. Currently, Meagan lives in Nashville where she works as a nanny and is also enrolled as a full time student to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where she is pursuing a Master of Divinity in Missions. Meagan loves road trips, good books, and big cups of coffee.
It’s not every day that people ask me why I work FUGE camps. As I prepare for my sixth summer of camp, however, the question keeps popping up in conversation. The first summer I worked camp, I was in college and my desire to spend the summer serving students did not surprise people. The second summer I worked camp, people understood that decision, but they figured this would be my last summer. The third summer I worked camp, people became more puzzled, but since I was in a transitional season of life, they figured this summer would be my last “hoorah” after graduating from college. The fourth summer I worked camp, people were confused and instead of asking “why?” asked “do you not have a real job?” The fifth summer I worked camp, people were shocked I was going back for yet another summer and some people concerned for my future, looked at me and asked, “So, why do you keep going back? Why do you choose to work FUGE again and again?”
For five years I’ve traded summers of sitting by the pool, going on family trips to the beach, shooting fireworks with my friendson the 4th of July, mornings of sleeping in, and weekend road trips, to work camp where summers are full of cafeteria food (“Asian Delight” day, I’m still not over you), little sleep, dorm living, thousands of teenagers, and a wardrobe that has already been decided for me.
Why would I do that? Why would I quit my job, leave my friends, and give up my summer to serve churches and minister to students and the community?
I’ve seen students and adults lives changed
I love experiencing a staff of strangers becoming closer than family
I love serving the community through new ministries each summer
I love screaming about a relay race until my voice is gone
I love free t-shirts
I love worshiping with hundreds of people every night of the summer
I love how clearly I can hear the Lord’s voice when I’m at camp
There is nothing like dancing like a fool at 8AM
You get to meet and connect with more students and adults than in any other context
12AM after MEGA relay is when Waffle House tastes the best
Exhaustion has never felt more rewarding
I think camp gives us a clearer picture of the Kingdom
I love the community and friendship of a camp staff
The best naps I’ve ever taken are after closing celebration on the last day of camp
Camp is a small picture of what an abundant life in Christ should look like
It’s challenging, but the rewards way outweigh the hard days
I love helping equip people to do ministry
There is nothing better than being part of students and adults going from death to life in Christ
I could probably go on and on forever with reasons why I love and choose to work FUGE camps. The biggest reason I work FUGE, though, is because I believe in the life change that happens at camp. I have seen campers and adults come to know Jesus for the first time. I have seen and been a part of life change in Sub-Saharan Africa because of the missions offering given at camp. I have experienced life change for myself. Thanks to FUGE I have been able to serve in communities from Greenville, SC, to Johannesburg, South Africa, to Glorieta, NM, to New Orleans, LA, to Asheville, NC.
I feel beyond blessed to have been part of this ministry for five plus years. Six years ago when I applied to work FUGE for the first time I could have never imagined how different my life would look now because of the impact of this ministry and the work God has done in my life though camp. His grace is overwhelming and his joy is truly a gift.
“I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.” John 10:10
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