Fields of Faith
Fields of Faith, the brainchild of then Oklahoma FCA Area Director, Jeff Martin, began on October 13, 2004. On that date approximately 6,000 students joined together on school athletic fields in the states of Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. Their purpose was to join together in a student led event in which fellowship and prayers are shared, as well as many accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior. The interdenominational event provides students the opportunity to come together and share their personal testimonies, the love of Jesus Christ, and to pray for all topics and concerns. Since 2004 students have assembled on the second Wednesday in October!
The historical beginning of Fields of Faith in Northwest Ohio is quite similar to the National origin. Rick Straley, FCA Area Representative in Defiance County (Hicksville), felt compelled to initiate a Fields of Faith in his area, along with other student leaders. A small group of student leaders and Rick began making plans and held our first area FOF event in Hicksville in 2010. A year later, Wauseon student leaders soon decided to do the same. Student leadership has shifted from one school (Wauseon) to two schools (Wauseon and Archbold). This year student leaders from 5 area schools (Bryan, Fayette, Pettisville, Liberty Center, North Central, and Wauseon) shared responsibility in planning and promoting the event! Meanwhile Hicksville has held their Fields of Faith the past six years with student leadership coming from Antwerp, Hicksville, Wayne Trace, Fairview, Edon, and Edgerton.
The event at Wauseon High School witnessed over 300 students and adults fill the gym. This included students from Fulton, Henry, Defiance, and Williams Counties in Ohio. Another 150+ people from Defiance, Paulding, and Williams Counties were in attendance at a similar gathering in Hicksville.
In Wauseon, Max Baker (Fayette) and Emma Zenz (North Central) directed everyone to the bleachers, welcomed them and explained the purpose of Fields of Faith. Then Max, as only Max could do, mingled everyone in a game! It was a good time of trying to help people get to know each other. Caleb Keim (Pettisville) then led the opening prayer, and Jerica Hollenbaugh (Liberty Center), Constance Roell (Liberty Center), Ian Fruchey (Wauseon) and Andrew Eberle (Wauseon) followed by sharing Bible verses. Each verse talked about the power and value of God's Word. (Joshua 1:6-9; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Psalm 119:33-40)
Christian Cantu (Wauseon), Caleb Keim (Pettisville), and Garrett Young (Pettisville) then stepped to the microphone to share their testimonies. I'm amazed at how these young men could share a piece of their life story and how God was working in their life. It takes courage and boldness to share before anyone, especially a large crowd of peers.
Emma Zenz and Race Vollmar (Bryan) then read Philippians 4:6-8 and Jeremiah 29:11-13, and shared what those scriptures meant to them. Again, it was powerful to hear our students read God's Word, share their hearts and pray!
The featured speaker for the evening, Alfonso Mack, was next up. Alfonso is a recent graudate of the Bowling Green State University. A standout football player, Alfonso got a call from the Rams and Steelers, but God called Him first. Alfonso is currently raising funds to come on staff with H2O, a campus ministry/church of Bowling Green. He will also serve with FCA.
Alfonso did a fantastic job of sharing his personal life story, but more importantly the gospel of Jesus Christ. He clearly explained our need for God and the salvation He alone offers to us. At the conclusion of his message, he prayed and invited everyone to surrender their lives to Jesus Christ, to surrender a sin, or to surrender their time and get into God's Word more often.
Rex Stump, Area Director, then came forward and gave directions to those who made a commitment of some sort. Over 100 made decisions that night, and the majority of those in attendance came out of the bleachers and onto the gym floor to declare and celebrate these decisions. They held white clothes in the air, as a symbol of surrender.
Everyone then moved into small circular groups for prayers which covered a wide variety of intentions. After several minutes of prayer, those in attendance reorganized as one to form an enormous prayer circle on the gym floor. In that circle Rex Stump challenged the participants and then Christian Cantu and Emma Zenz concluded the night with an inspirational time of prayer! To God be all the glory!
For more information on Fields of Faith, please visit the website, https://www.fieldsoffaith.com/