FUGE Camps Grow Faith, Leads Student to University of Mobile

Amber Kelley News

Grace Whittington

MOBILE, Ala. – “It’s so beautiful to think that, six years ago, the Lord was slowly piecing my future together, even when I did not realize it,” says Grace Whittington, a sophomore at the University of Mobile.

Grace’s University of Mobile story started when she attended FUGE Camp in 2013 on the university’s campus in south Alabama. FUGE Camps are Christian summer camps for 6-12thgraders organized by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. FUGE Camps provide opportunities for youth to serve the community and engage with the gospel through Bible study, worship, mission work and recreational activities.

That was the first time Grace had ever been on the University of Mobile campus but, little did she know, it would not be her last time. Six years later, she would be a UM student.

Grace says, “In 2013, we spent the week working at Light of the Village (in Prichard, Alabama). We painted a classroom and did yard work. It’s cool to think back on because University of Mobile has close ties to LOV. It’s special to see how my two experiences have merged together.”

Even though Grace came to know the Lord at six years old, it was at FUGE on the University of Mobile campus where she began to understand what it truly meant to be a follower of Christ.

Flash-forward to 2019. Grace’s freshmen year at UM has ended. She has met life-long friends, is serving in a local church and is learning to have consistent time in the Word of God.

“FUGE Camp and the University of Mobile are two monumental parts of my testimony. I am so thankful that the Lord allowed me to attend FUGE multiple times as a student and that He led me to the University of Mobile,” says Grace.

Missy Busby, volunteer and food drive manager at Feeding the Gulf Coast in Mobile, says, “FTGC receives over 100,000 pounds of donated food from the NALC (National Association of Letter Carriers) food drive annually. We count on FUGE to help sort and box the food so that we can get the food back into the community in a timely manner. Without their help, the food would not be readily available to the people in need.”

University of Mobile is the first and longest-running MFuge location, according to Haley Hughes, FUGE Camps coordinator.

MFuge is designed to give 6th-12thgrade students a mission experience that opens their eyes to similar opportunities they may have to serve in their own communities. MFuge teaches students how to live their lives serving others and sharing the gospel. Students visit sites like nursing homes, food pantries, thrift stores and community centers.

Centrifuge is designed to give 6th-12thgrade students an opportunity to relate recreational games to the gospel and their everyday life. At Centrifuge, students also participate in Track Times, where they can participate in creative, active, performance and classroom-based actives.

UM will see approximately 2,700 people this summer come on campus this summer for FUGE, with 23 MFuge staffers on campus throughout the summer.

Many UM students spend their summer serving with FUGE Camps all over the U.S. This summer UM has students working FUGE in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Nashville, North Carolina, Mississippi and Philadelphia.


About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 76 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

About the Author

Amber Kelley

Amber Kelley is the marketing communications specialist for University of Mobile. Amber received her Bachelor of Science in Communication from UM. As marketing communications specialist, Amber writes press releases and other content for UM. She is passionate about serving in her youth group at Redemption Church. She enjoys spending time outside, reading a good book and watching romantic comedies on Netflix.