The Derby, baseball bats, and FUGE.

The Derby, baseball bats, and FUGE.

Louisville, Kentucky is a city with a lot to offer. There are several reasons you may have taken a trip to Kentucky’s largest city. Maybe you’ve attended The  Kentucky Derby, known to many as “the most exciting 2 minutes in sports.” The Derby is one of the most famous horse races is the world, and is hosted annually at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Perhaps you’ve taken a visit to The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, corporate headquarters and production facility for the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats. The museum is also home to the World’s Largest Bat, which stands six stories tall.

You may not realize, however, that starting in summer 2013, Louisville became a host city for MFuge. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is home to FUGE in the Lou, and 2013 showed us what a great partnership FUGE, the Seminary, and the City of Louisville really make.  Great opportunities exist for ministry in downtown Louisville. For example, Louisville offers a Girls Only Track and International Ministry Track.

Southern Seminary has a beautiful campus that includes  a game room, indoor pool and indoor gym. Additionally, there is Founders Cafe (coffee shop), Fifth and Broadway (campus store) and a LifeWay bookstore.We hope you’ll join us in 2014 at Southern Seminary in Louisville! For registration information, click here: http://lfwy.co/ZLh2jO

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary campus

Southern Seminary campus

An MFuge ministry site

An MFuge ministry site

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

carly

Carly Miller is today’s guest blogger. Carly currently serves as the Assistant Director at FUGE Nashville. This is Carly’s second summer of camp; last summer she worked as a Centrifuge track leader at North Greenville University. Carly is a senior at Christopher Newport University where she is studying social work. Carly loves to root for the Dallas Cowboys.

 

After preparing for camp since January, it seems pretty unbelievable that we were all finally together.  As our team discussed what we are excited for and nervous for about the summer, they all seemed to have very similar answers.  Staffers are excited about the time with the students, but are also nervous about whether or not they would know enough information, or that discouragement would just weigh them down.  A lot of these answers went back to needing to trust the Lord wholeheartedly, which I know that many of us, especially myself, struggle with. It is so “natural” to try to rely on ourselves and trust our own strength, when in reality we are never going to give God the glory that He deserves if we try and do that.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

The Lord’s power is made perfect in our weakness. He will give us the strength and wisdom that we need to continue to go through our lives, we just need to trust Him. I pray that throughout this summer that my team and all of the FUGE teams really just focus on the mission that we are all called to: to glorify the Lord.  I pray that glorifying the Lord is what brings us together in creating unity within our teams, in learning and teaching the Bible study material, in going out to ministry sites to serve the cities that we are in, and in everything that we do.

 

New at M-Fuge

New at M-Fuge

If you’re attending M-Fuge this summer, you may notice a few pretty cool additions! At several of our locations, we will be offering location-specific ministry tracks based on the particular ministry opportunities in that community.
Here’s whats new for M-Fuge in ’13:

Special Needs Ministry (CHARLESTON, CUMBERLANDS, JACKSON, MOBILE & NASHVILLE): This ministry track is designed to meet the needs of children and adults with special needs. Ministry opportunities will include Bible teaching, crafts, music, sports and recreation, field trips and more. Ministry will take place at community centers, in children’s homes, at nursing homes, etc.

Beach Evangelism Ministry (CHARLESTON & WEST PALM BEACH): This track is designed to show students how to build relationships with people on the beach and will provide students the opportunity to share the love of Christ in a tangible way.  Specific ministry may include handing out refreshments, organizing beach activities or simply engaging people in meaningful conversation.

Evangelism Ministry (GREENVILLE, NEW ORLEANS & RIDGECREST) : This track is designed to give students an opportunity to share their faith with people in the community. The track will work in populated areas and will engage people in conversation through handing out refreshments, organizing activities, playing music, etc. Students may also partner with local churches to pass out flyers and prayer walk as part of church planting efforts.

International Ministry (NASHVILLE):This track is designed to minister to the large population of foreign born residents and refugees in the city of Nashville. Over 7% of Nashville’s population was born somewhere outside of the United States. Many immigrants have fled to America for safety and refuge from both political and religious persecution. Students will have an opportunity to minister to this population through home repairs, children’s ministry, etc.

Peer Ministry (GLORIETA, NASHVILLE & NEW ORLEANS): This ministry track is designed to train students to minister to their peers. This track will focus directly on students’ ministering to other students through opportunities of service and building relationships. Throughout the week students may work in a variety of ministry settings, such as foster homes, teen centers, community centers, etc. Students need to have completed 10th, 11th or 12th grade to participate.

And of course, we will still be offering the old favorites: Children’s, Games & Rec,  Painting/Construction/Yardwork, and Social Ministry.

Love Your Neighbor

Love Your Neighbor

The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31

When my grandparents were raising their family, almost every house had a front porch. The porch was a place of community. Families and neighbors would spend hours relaxing and sharing life. Today, there are few front porches. And, if a house has one, the residents very seldom sit out and visit with each other or their neighbors. In most neighborhoods today, people pull up to their house, open the garage door automatically and pull their vehicle inside, not to step foot outside the rest of the day. Do you know your neighbor’s names? Would you know if they are struggling? Jesus commands us to love our neighbors. So, is that limited to just the people who live near us? Absolutely not.

Jesus’ words were not a suggestion but a command. We are not just to love others. It would have been one thing for Jesus to stop there but He added “as yourself” which takes things to a new level. The Golden Rule says: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Everyone wants to be loved. So, in return, we must be willing to love.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: who has time to love and minister to people? We’re busy! How easy it is to fall back on this well-worn excuse of being busy to keep from loving others. But, we simply must fight to not allow our personal agendas to interfere with meeting the needs of others.

Does this verse mean I have to love difficult people? Jesus goes so far to say that we are to love our enemies. As believers, we do not have the option of holding onto bitter feelings, resentment, or even hatred toward anyone. To do so goes against everything Jesus taught.

We teach our children that name calling is not acceptable and to be kind to your friends. Maybe we need to take heed to some of own teaching and apply these to our grown-up life.

 

How can you show love to someone today? Make a point this week to get to know at least one of your neighbors.

Constant

Constant

 

The resurrection of Jesus is hard to believe. If I am really honest, it is difficult for me to wrap my mind around the idea that Jesus’ physical heart stopped, and three days later, it started again. How could one go from death to life? Nothing I learned in science class tells me that this is possible. I, like the apostle Thomas, want to see it for myself.  I want to understand the how. I am, by nature, a skeptic.

But this is the beauty and the mystery of the Gospel story: it doesn’t depend on me. Despite my unbelief at times, this story does not fade. Nothing I do or think makes the Great Narrative of God any less true.

In Mark 9, a father brings his demon-possessed son to Jesus. The father pleads with Jesus to heal his son, if He is able. Jesus responds by saying that anything is possible for the one who truly believes. To this the father cries out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief!” He recognizes the deceitfulness of his own heart. Though Jesus himself stands before him in the flesh, this man is still having doubts.

So often, I am just like this doubting father. God has shown me his power time and time again. I can testify to his faithfulness in my life. Scripture reminds me of His character. Creation itself is a daily reminder of the almighty Creator. Yet I still must cry out to my Savior: “I do believe! Help my unbelief!”

Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ is coming again; I know this to be true, even in the moments that I don’t feel it. Today, I rest in the fact that I can lean on the finished work of Christ and not the fickleness of my heart. I am thankful for a resurrection and a Gospel that can never be made untrue.