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October 5, 2013

Athletes to host Fields of Faith event

TERRE HAUTE — Students from across the Wabash Valley will be joining thousands of other youth on athletic fields across the nation on Wednesday to share their Christian faith with fellow students during the eighth annual national Fields of Faith event. The event will take place at Sullivan High School football field starting at 7 p.m. This rapidly-growing, interdenominational outreach event will be conducted at more than 450 locations throughout the nation on this same date.

The Fields of Faith is structured as a student-to-student ministry. Peers invite their own classmates and teammates to meet on their school’s athletic field to hear fellow students share their testimonies, challenge them to read the Bible and to come to faith in Jesus Christ.

“We are excited about our first ‘Fields of Faith’ in this area to be at Sullivan High School. North Central, Union and Sullivan huddles have come together to make this happen,” said Craig Grow, Indiana FCA.  

Since the beginning of Fields of Faith in 2004, 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. It’s not just those numbers that have FCA organizers excited about Fields of Faith. It’s the real-life impact that these gatherings are having on young people. 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.

“The impact of Fields of Faith has been incredible in just these past few years,” said Les Steckel, FCA president and former veteran NFL coach. “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.”

The impetus for Fields of Faith began with Jeff Martin, an FCA staff person, who conceived the idea from an Old Testament reference in 2 Chronicles 34 after searching how to help today’s generation of students face spiritual battles and temptations. In the scripture, King Josiah, an influential teenager very similar to Fields of Faith attendees today, gathered his people and challenged them to read the Bible. As a result, they changed their culture.

“Fields of Faith challenges this generation to be committed to reading the Bible and living a transformed life for Jesus Christ,” said Martin. “It’s students challenging students, peers challenging peers and that’s the heart and soul of Fields of Faith.”

While Fields of Faith has its roots with FCA leadership, the event is designed to include multiple national Christian organizations, local churches and ministries. A local leadership team will determine the program of each Fields of Faith event.

Adults are invited to come and watch. The program will start at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather the event will be in the high school gymnasium.

For more information contact Grow at cgrow@fca.org or call 812-241-9631.

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