Students in Saline County, Arkansas, and across the state have joined thousands of other youths in recent weeks on athletic fields across the nation to share their Christian faith with fellow students during Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Fields of Faith events.
Cason Maertens, FCA Saline County area representative, said the concept behind Fields of Faith is for these youths to come together in a neutral location, like a football field, and invite, pray for, share with and challenge their peers to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ. He said the event is completely student led.
In Saline County, Fields of Faith events were held at athletic fields in Benton, Bryant, Bauxite, Harmony Grove as well as Sheridan in Grant County. Three to four youth pastors were on hand to assist at each location of the interdenominational event.
‘Bringing local churches together’
Maertens said Fields of Faith is a great way to get some of the local youth pastors and Bible believing churches to come together and serve in one atmosphere.
“I love that. I love bringing the local churches together to serve and love one another and just be in fellowship and community with each other,” he said.
Combined attendance of the Fields of Faith events in Saline County totaled more than 2,300 students and adults and multiple decisions of faith were made. In Benton, where about 800 people gathered, Maertens said there were 29 first-time decisions and 42 decisions to either rededicate or to grow in faith.
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EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written by Mary Alford and originally published by Arkansas Baptist News.