On October 12, Christian athletes will invite fellow peers to fill their local sports fields and worship God. The event is called “Fields of Faith” and has been gathering Christians since 2004.
Fields of Faith
Fields of Faith is a student-led event and a ministry outreach of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As written on their website,”Students invite, pray for, share with, and challenge their peers to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ.”
Oklahoma FCA Area Director Jeff Martin initiated the spiritual gathering. It started with his frustration with the “spiritual battles” the youth has been facing. He then asked God what to do, and the Holy Spirit led him to 2 Chronicles 34. It talks about the young King Josiah and how he gathered his people to read the Word of God. After this, they were all convicted and changed their way of life.
So, Jeff began the Fields of Faith inspired by King Josiah. In 2004, more than 6,000 students gathered on the sports fields of Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas; many have received Christ since then.
The Word of God Transforms
“The word of God changes the country,” Jeff said. “The impact on students, adults, and the entire community from the very beginning of Fields of Faith is to get students to start reading scripture consistently.”
FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson believes that lives can only be transformed through Jesus. He said that “Fields of Faith helps entire communities experience God’s saving grace.” At the same time, it encourages them to “get into the habit of reading God’s Word.”
“It’s a powerful event that God is using to reach local campuses and bring the next generation to Himself,” he added.
Today, the student-led event’s theme, “Every,” is based on Ephesians 1:3. It reminds athletes and coaches that everything they need is found in Jesus Christ and that they have to seek Him on and off the field.
Before the pandemic, more than 192,000 coaches and students joined the event. The organizers pray that more people will answer the invitation to enthrone Jesus in their lives.
Reference: CBN News