Fall Awakening – Campus News

Originally published in The Patriot — http://issuu.com/the_patriot/docs/fall_2014_issue__3_issuu

2014-09-18 19.32.04Former University of Kentucky basketball player turned evangelist, Cameron Mills, preached at UC’s Fall Awakening on September 16-18.

Mills graduated from UK in 1998 after a 4 year career wearing the number 21 for the Wildcats. His lifelong dream was to follow in the footsteps of his father and play for the ‘Cats. Turning down a full scholarship to the University of Georgia, Mills became a walk on for the Wildcats.

After earning two national championship rings, Mills exceeded his dreams. When his career ended he totaled 4.3 points, 1.1 rebounds, .6 assists and .3 steals per game. His career shooting percentages were 47.27% from the field, 47.37 from the 3 point line, and 82.35 from the free throw line.

Now he spends his days spreading the gospel through his ministry based out of Lexington. He preaches in chapels, revivals, churches and sporting events across the country. He is heavily involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

“I do this,” he said referring to being the guest speaker at the Fall Awakening.

Dean Whittaker, campus pastor, selected Mills to speak after hearing him at the Kentucky Governors Cup Academic Showcase in February. “I was very impressed and blessed by his message to the students there,” Whittaker said.

“I had been praying for God to allow me to enlist someone who could directly speak into the athletic component of our campus, and with his past accomplishments Cameron fit well.  He balances preaching the gospel with sharing candidly from his own life, and God’s Spirit speaks through him,” Whittaker added.

The event in itself saw 80 decision cards turned in with students “sharing their desires to live more boldly for Christ and seeking help to overcome needs through Him,” Whittaker said.

Each night’s attendance averaged about 400 students.

Whittaker added, “I saw work in students’ lives bringing freedom from some deep wounds and problems.”

Mills also appreciated the student body’s reaction. “The response has been amazing. One thing I liked about this event was I’ve gotten to develop relationships with you all.”

Whittaker concluded, “One thing we want all students to know is that there is support and hope through Jesus and the body of believers, and we are all in need of God’s grace and deliverance.”