FCA to hold annual Fields of Faith event

Sun News correspondentOctober 23, 2013 

Students from across Middle Georgia will descend on Perry High School on Wednesday for Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (FCA) annual Fields of Faith.

This is the sixth year that the Flint River FCA -- which encompasses Crawford, Houston, Macon, Peach and Taylor counties, including 23 middle and high schools and Fort Valley State University -- has participated in Fields of Faith. Last year, about 1,000 attended.

According to information provided by the Flint River FCA, since the beginning of Fields of Faith in 2004, across the country more than 600,000 students have joined in the movement. In 2012 alone, more than 160,000 students gathered on 424 fields across 37 states to participate in the event. Last year’s series of events saw 3,710 students make first-time faith commitments to follow Jesus Christ, 4,809 recommitted their life to Christ and 6,885 committed to reading the Bible daily.

Daryl McElwain, area director for Flint River FCA said that Fields of Faith is the biggest community ministry event of the FCA year and predominately an evening of student-led worship and speaking.

“I will make some opening comments, and at the end a youth pastor will close in prayer but the rest will be students,” McElwain said. “It is kids talking to kids and encouraging each other that they can live out their faith on their campus, on their sports team and through circumstances that teens face.”

Sarah Wilcox, a junior at Warner Robins High School, is one of the students who will be sharing with those in attendance. Sarah has been involved with FCA since ninth grade and is a member of the FCA leadership team at Warner Robins High.

“Fields of Faith is not just for teenagers or young people. It is amazing everyone there worshiping God. Fields of Faith is not an event you want to miss if you want to feel God’s presence and be a part of God’s glorification that night.”

It is not just Fields of Faith that Sarah says students don’t want to miss. The weekly meetings are important to attend and be a part of as well.

“FCA is exciting -- it is a day to be with people that I know love the Lord. It is very spiritually revitalizing, and it also helps put things into perspective. Warner Robins High School is our mission field. FCA is a lot of fun, plus it wakes us to the reality that we need to be doing something; we need to be reaching our peers,” Sarah said.

The public is invited to attend Fields of Faith at 7 p.m. at Herb St. John Stadium at Perry High School.

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

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