McElwain heading area Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Sun News correspondentOctober 10, 2012 

Daryl McElwain retired from the Air Force at the end of March, and by May he had taken over the reins of the Flint River Fellowship of Christian Athletes as the area director.

Active at Second Baptist Church as a youth Sunday School teacher and Upward Sports coach, McElwain said that as he approached retirement, he felt God leading him to work with youth full-time.

When the opportunity came to take over as area director for Flint River FCA, McElwain knew that God was calling him to serve.

As area director, McElwain oversees a five county area -- Crawford, Houston, Macon, Peach and Taylor -- that comprises 23 middle and high schools and Fort Valley State University.

He explained that his job is to equip and encourage the programs at those schools with everything from training materials to summer camp opportunities.

“One of the goals of FCA is to present the gospel to students,” McElwain said, “and plug students in with other believers. We want students to know that there are Christians at every school campus.”

One way students can get to know other believers is at the FCA’s annual Fields of Faith, a multi-county event that this year will be held at Perry High School. Fields of Faith happens annually across the nation at middle and high schools. The national date is Wednesday, but because of the fall break holiday Flint River will hold its Oct. 17. FCA estimates that nationally 400 Fields of Faith will be held.

“We have a youth pastor that will be speaking at the very end to give an invitation,” McElwain said. “But that will be the only time all night that students will hear an adult speak. We have FCA members from every county coming to speak because we want students to know that Christianity is real.”

FCA members will share their own testimony and encourage a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The event is held in a stadium, so as students challenge each other to accept Christ or to have a closer relationship with Christ, they can move from the bleachers as a observer to the field as a participant in the event.

The Flint River FCA Fields of Faith will be held Oct. 17 at the Herb St. John Stadium at Perry High School. The community is encouraged to attend. Also, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, McElwain is inviting anyone interested to join him at the Perry stadium for a prayer walk.

“We want to pray around the stadium, the parking lot, the bleachers. We want to cover the whole area in prayer for what God will be doing there on the 17th.”

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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