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The Lake News Online
  • Local students to participate in Fields of Faith

  • Students from 7 schools including Appleton City, Camdenton, Eldon, Iberia, School

    of the Osage, Osceola, and Skyline, will be joining thousands of other youth on athletic fields all across

    the nation on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, to share their Christian faith with fellow students during the

    eighth annual national Fields of Faith event.
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  • Students from 7 schools including Appleton City, Camdenton, Eldon, Iberia, School
    of the Osage, Osceola, and Skyline, will be joining thousands of other youth on athletic fields all across
    the nation on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, to share their Christian faith with fellow students during the
    eighth annual national Fields of Faith event. This rapidly-growing, interdenominational outreach event
    will be held at more than 450 locations throughout the nation on this same date.
    While many Christian rallies are anchored to an entertainer or 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 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.
    Fellowship of Christian Athletes Area Representative, Kathy Wiesen stated, “Fields of Faith is a powerful
    evening for communities to hear students boldly share their faith, and encourage their peers to follow
    God and spend time in His word. It is open to everyone in the community at no cost. You will not want
    to miss this inspiring night at a school near you!”
    This will be the fifth year for Fields of Faith events in the Lake of the Ozarks area. Last year,
    approximately 2,000 students and supporters attended a local school.
    The national growth of Fields of Faith has been remarkable. 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
    Page 2 of 2 - 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.
    In 2004, the Josiah-influenced dream came true when 6,000 students gathered on school athletic fields
    throughout three states for the first Fields of Faith event. That was the beginning of what has become
    one of the most significant faith-related gathering of students in a single day.
     “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.
    Most events start at 7:00 p.m. You can find the time of your school and more information about Fields
    of Faith at FieldsofFaith.com.

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