Thousands of students from throughout Brown County and beyond gathered Wednesday evening at Brownwood’s Gordon Wood Stadium for Fields of Faith, an annual revival event organized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes that featured music from the Nick Gainey Band and a message from Pastor Jady Griffin of Antioch Austin.
According to an FCA press release, Fields of Faith is “structured as a student-to-student ministry” where kids are encouraged to invite their friends and teammates. In addition to worship music and Griffin’s message, the event also included testimonials and Bible readings from area high school students and an invitation to accept Christ at the end of the event.
In 2016 almost 700 students made a decision for Christ at the Brownwood Fields of Faith event.
Tony Daniel is the Brownwood Area FCA Director and helps organize Brownwood’s Fields of Faith. Daniel said Fields of Faith is one of FCA’s most direct and important outreach opportunities of the year.
“This is the one night where we don’t do anything but focus on Jesus,” Daniel said. “Everything we do focuses on Jesus, but this is solely and completely out of the Word of God and the Scriptures. This is probably the most enjoyable and fun night I do in FCA.”
He said the FCA follows up with every student that accepts Jesus each year and tries to connect them with local FCA chapters and churches. “We try to keep in touch with those kids and get them plugged in with churches,” he said. “We’ve got some huddles” — local FCA chapters — “that are open for the first time in several years.
“We’re just submitting our lives to the Lord and letting Him take care of what he wants to do.”
According to a press release, Fields of Faith began in 2004 with 6,000 students and has grown to involve nearly 200,000 students in more than 500 locations across the country.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a nonprofit organization that aims to connect athletes at all levels with teammates and coaches who share their beliefs. The FCA’s mission statement is “to present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.”