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08-04-2010


UC students spend summer on campus serving with M-Fuge

 


Casey Hamm, current student and Brent Foley, 2010 graduate, two members of University of the Cumberlands’ family who served during M-Fuge

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.—Throughout the summer, it was nearly impossible to travel anywhere in Whitley County without spotting church buses or vans from all around the country. The vehicles carried thousands of campers to participate in the first summer of M-Fuge camps on the campus of University of the Cumberlands. While M-Fuge brought a total of 3,600 volunteers to Southeastern Kentucky and Northeastern Tennessee, five of Cumberlands’ own students served as M-Fuge staffers for the entire seven weeks of summer missions. UC students Casey Hamm, Jared Coleman, Ryan Poynter and Lyndsey Green and UC alum Brent Foley all remained on campus for their summer break to help the campers experience a wonderful week of worship, fellowship, learning and service—a true missions event.

“Being a part of the first M-Fuge summer at Cumberlands is pretty special,” said Casey Hamm. “I enjoyed leading a new group of students each week in learning what it means to be missional for Christ.” Hamm explained that one of the biggest impacts on the students that he witnessed was the realization that Williamsburg is just like their hometown, and they can minister in their hometowns just as they do while at M-Fuge.

 


M-Fuge Camp was not all service and study.

Jared Coleman added, “It was eye-opening to see the needs that surround our campus. It was a strange experience to be on campus without going to classes or being surrounded by other students, but it was awesome to see so many people there for the specific purpose of God’s glory.” Coleman explained that he is still processing all of the things that happened throughout the summer. However, the one thing that stands out the most to him is recognizing the needs of the community around him and the need to find ways to meet those needs during the school year. He also learned to see Cumberlands as a mission field.

In total, M-Fuge was responsible for approximately 54,000 individual community service hours, according to Lindsay Evancho, M-Fuge director at UC. Those hours included physical projects such as roofing, building, painting and cleaning. Also included in those hours was time spent ministering in homeless shelters, churches and summer children’s programs. Not only were lives changed in the community, but the student volunteers made countless decisions to come to salvation, rededicate their lives or answer a call to ministry.

Hamm and Coleman both agree that M-Fuge was a life changing experience. “It was incredible to see students’ eyes opened to the need for ministry in the community. Many people said they would frequently drive by these places but not even realize the need for volunteers. It is the prayer of the staff for this ministry to continue as the school year begins. I am confident that M-Fuge staff members who are students at UC will carry on with the work that was started during the summer,” Evancho said.