Youth Arrive Eager to Serve Community During M-FUGE Camp

M-FUGE participants volunteer at a site in Palm Beach County. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, Christ-centered college in West Palm Beach, Fla., USA.
M-FUGE participants volunteer at a site in Palm Beach County.

More than 300 summer campers departed West Palm Beach for home today knowing they made a difference in the lives of many in Palm Beach County.

Friday concluded the first week of this year’s M-FUGE camp at Palm Beach Atlantic University. M-FUGE, part of the LifeWay Christian Resources FUGE family of camps, is designed for rising seventh-graders through college-age students.

In addition to participating in daily Bible study and church group devotion times, camp participants also traveled off-site to assist churches and community organizations with such activities as children’s ministry, youth games and recreation and social ministry.  

Groups typically attend camp for one week. The fourth and final PBA camp will be held June 30-July 4.

The participants come from churches from across Florida and the Southeast, and some travel from other regions of the country.

Among the nine churches that participated in the camp’s first week was Turkey Creek First Baptist Church in Plant City, Florida.

Service to the community is a familiar concept to Turkey Creek’s youth pastor, Matt Williams, who graduated from PBA in 2006.
During his time at PBA, Williams majored in biblical studies. Like all PBA students, he also volunteered in and around West Palm Beach through the University’s signature community service program, called Workship.

His youth group of about 25 middle and high-schoolers and accompanying adults spent a day with West Palm Beach’s Jack the Bike Man, where they helped to repair bicycles for underprivileged children, Williams said.

Later in the week, they spent time at a local retirement community visiting with residents who are suffering from dementia.

“We had a great week,” he said. “It was a joy to serve, and I love returning to my alma mater.”

The organizations and churches where M-FUGE participants will volunteer include Bethel Baptist, Caring Kitchen, Arbor Oaks, Common Ground, CROS Pahokee, Palm Beach County Food Pantry, the city of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation, Alzheimer’s Community Care, Arden Courts, Paint Your Heart Out, Renaissance Learning Center, Twin Lakes neighborhood, Vickers House, Seagull Industries, Jack the Bike Man, Peggy Adams Thrift and Animal Rescue, Florida Association of Abused Women and Children, the Arc of Palm Beach County, Casa Del Monte mobile home community, The Lord's Place and Foundation of the Apostles.

Among the churches expected to arrive for next week’s camp are Apostle Church of Sandy Springs, First Baptist Church Flora, First Baptist Church Gray Gables, First Baptist Church Homerville, First Baptist Church Longwood, Graefenburg Baptist Church, Holman Street Baptist Church, Mount Tabor Baptist Church and Pinecrest Baptist Church.

This year’s camp speakers are Stephen Dervan, campus pastor at Family Church at Abacoa in Jupiter, and Walt Barnes, assistant Baptist Student Union director at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Leading worship is the Christian band Mosaic.