Students from Sweetwater will be joining thousands of other youth on athletic fields all across the nation on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, to share their Christian faith with fellow students during the seventh annual national Fields of Faith event. This rapidly-growing, interdenominational outreach event will be held at more than 400 locations throughout the nation on this same date.
While many Christian rallies are anchored to a professional speaker that creates a spectator event, Fields of Faith is structured as a student-to-student ministry. Peers invite their own classmates and teammates to meet on their schoolâ€™s athletic field to hear fellow students share their testimonies, challenge them to read the Bible and to come to faith in Jesus Christ.
The national growth of Fields of Faith has been remarkable. Since the beginning of Fields of Faith in 2004, more than 500,000 students have joined in the movement. In 2011 alone, more than 160,000 students gathered on 475 fields across 36 states to participate in the event.
Itâ€™s not just those numbers that have FCA organizers excited about Fields of Faith. Itâ€™s the real-life impact that these gatherings are having on young people. Last yearâ€™s series of events saw 3,993 students make first-time faith commitments to follow Jesus Christ.
â€śThe impact of Fields of Faith has been incredible in just these past few years,â€ť said Les Steckel, FCA president and former veteran NFL coach. â€śItâ€™s all about young people in these communities coming together on their schoolâ€™s athletic field and challenging each other to go back to the fundamentals of reading Godâ€™s Word and coming to faith in Jesus Christ.â€ť
Sweetwaterâ€™s Fields of Faith event will be held in the Mustang Bowl this Wednesday night. Gates open at 6 p.m. with activities beginning at 6:30 p.m. While this event is targeted towards reaching middle and high school students, the whole community is invited. Free hotdogs and drinks will be available. The Christian rock/worship band Thirty Nine Thoughts will be leading the worship during the night as well as closing the event with a concert.
Several area students will be sharing their own personal testimony of God has impacted and changed their lives. Former Sweetwater High School all-state lineman, TCU offensive guard and new Sweetwater High School offensive line coach Giles Montgomery will also be sharing his story and love for the Lord with those in attendance. The night should conclude between 8:30 and 9 p.m. For more information about the Sweetwater Fields of Faith event, contact Coach John Ward at 325-642-1430.