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.

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

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.