Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Fields of Faith lets young people do the talking

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

MARBLE FALLS — While many religious rallies rely on well-known speakers to provide inspiration, an event Oct. 9 is using a different method in connecting with its young listeners.

“One of the things we found is that youth, especially teens, pay more attention and are more likely to take action when (a message is) coming from their peers,” said Barney Sarver, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative for the Hill Country.

FCA is holding Fields of Faith from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive. It’s free and open to the public, but its target audience is young people.[box]IF YOU GO
WHAT: Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Fields of Faith
WHEN: 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 9
WHERE: Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls
FOR MORE: Contact Barney Sarver at (956) 821-8757 or bsarver@fca.org.[/box]

During the event, area youth will share their testimonies and stories with their peers.

“There’s something about young people sharing their faith that really impacts people,” Sarver said.

FCA spearheaded the movement several years ago, but local churches typically handle the organization of the night. And it’s not just the Hill Country taking part. Sarver said Fields of Faith events are taking place the same night across the country.

The Mustang Stadium program will draw students from Marble Falls, Burnet, Llano and Johnson City schools.

Fields of Faith is an interdenominational rally. Twelve area youth ministers are working together to organize the Mustang Stadium event.

The idea, Sarver said, is for kids to invite their friends to hear from themselves and other youth about how Jesus impacts their lives.

“A lot of kids, especially those who didn’t grow up in church, aren’t going to set their feet inside a church,” he said. “This is a neutral site, where they can come, hear from other kids and come to understand who Jesus is and what he can do in their lives.”

Sarver said organizers intentionally selected a Wednesday because it’s traditionally “church night.”

“We hope area youth groups will come here or start their meeting at their church and then head to the stadium,” Sarver said.

The first Fields of Faith was in 2004 when more than 6,000 youth gathered on athletic fields across Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Two years later, the event went nationwide with more than 50,000 people attending.

Sarver said in 2011, when he was in South Texas, the event drew more than 15,000 students.

“It’s incredible to see all these kids come together and hear their friends, teammates and peers share their testimonies,” he said.

Contact Sarver at (956) 821-8757 or bsarver@fca.org for more information or to get involved in FCA.

daniel@thepicayune.com