Frazer Students returned recently from “Generate” camp at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, where they were encouraged to serve as ministers in their field of work.
The theme, “The Darkness and the Light,” discussed a lot about the dark world we’re living in, and about “Jesus being the light of the world. In him, there is no darkness,” said Student Minister Tyler Grant.
“It was an encouraging time to see students worship like I’ve never seen them worship before,” he said. “And it was good to really grow as a family.”
Generate is a week-long camp that challenges middle school and high school students spiritually, and allow them to grow closer together through worship, recreation and small groups.
Churches from all over the southeast came together at Lee University (Tyler's alma mater) and experienced worship with Rush of Fools and messages from Curtis Zackery.
Generate has always been a powerful event in the life of the Frazer student ministry.
It was for M.E. Grace Shuemake.
“I came to Generate looking for answers,” she said. “I knew Jesus was my savior, but I didn’t really know who He was or what He felt like. I was finding my identity in people, money, lifestyles, sports, and I was pretty much living for the world.
“This continually left me feeling empty. But the second night during worship, I remember feeling Jesus. Tears falling, hands in the air, I just felt His presence overwhelm me. And that’s what changed me. I came away knowing who Jesus really was and having experienced him.”
She left camp knowing there is nothing in this world that will satisfy her besides Jesus, and said she was finally able to let Jesus have control over all aspects of her life, even the ones she was hiding and trying to keep separate.
“I was able to see Jesus not just through worship. I saw him on the volleyball courts, on the tennis courts, in the cafeteria, in the dorms at 3 a.m., and even through meeting new people from other churches. Coming away, I found the answer I was looking for, and that was Jesus.”
Through their week of ministry, the Frazer Students managed to also take away some bragging rights: they were named the Generate Camp Dodgeball Champions, and finished second in volleyball and cornhole competitions.
Forty-three students, interns and adults from Frazer attended the camp, and over the course of a few days, walked about 40 miles throughout campus.
“There were lots of tired feet and full hearts,” Tyler said. “And I was able to talk to them about their purpose and passions. I told them they can all be ministers without going into ministry. That they can be a minister in their field of work.
“They were all pumped about it. Lots of decisions were made to continue to grow in community through the unification of Jesus.”