Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thousands of Youths Flock to Fields of Faith Events Nationwide

Thousands of young people from across the United States shared their faith with their peers on Wednesday as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athlete's (FCA) seventh annual national Fields of Faith event, which was held at over 400 locations throughout the country this year.

Fields of Faith provides an opportunity for Christian students to invite their friends to faith rallies, which take place at local school athletic fields.

"The impact of Fields of Faith has been incredible in just these past few years," Les Steckel, FCA president and former NFL coach, said in a statement. "It's all about young people in these communities coming together on their school's athletic field and challenging each other to go back to the fundamentals of reading God's Word and coming to faith in Jesus Christ."

Last year, over 160,000 students in 36 states across 475 fields participated in the event. As a result, 8,741 students committed to reading their Bible every day, 5,202 recommitted their lives to Christ and 3,993 put their faith in Christ for the first time.

Fields of Faith was started after an FCA staffer, Jeff Martin, read 2 Chronicles 34 and saw it as a way to help students today with the spiritual battles they're faced with. In that chapter, a young King Josiah gathered his people and had them pledge to obey the scriptures, which changed the culture within his kingdom.

Lisa Coleman, an FCA area representative for Abilene, Texas, says an average of over 7,000 people have attended the local Fields of Faith event each of the last several years. This year's event will feature a live worship band, four students who will share their testimonies and a local pastor, who will invite non-Christian attendees to put their faith in Christ.

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