What do free pizza, a football field, and thousands of teenagers have in common? Fields of Faith. This once a year event, put on by Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is a time for high school students to gather together, worship, and hear testimonies from their peers.
FCA was started in 1947 by a man named Don McClanen while he was attending the University of Oklahoma. The first meeting consisted of 256 athletes. 55 years later, FCA director, Jeff Martin, started Fields of Faith. He became burdened for the 80% of students who stop attending church between 7th and 12th grade. After much prayer, God lead him to 2 Chronicles 34, reading the story about King Josiah. The Josiah-infused dream caught fire as over 100 students were saved at the first Fields of Faith. Since 2002, Hot Springs now holds the largest Fields of Faith meeting in the nation; with over 4,000 students attending every year.
Champion Christian College was honored to be a vendor this year, handing out thousands of t-shirts, making connections, and signing prospective students up for a visit. Champion is proud to hold such a strong presence in the Hot Springs community. Many students, current and alumni, were there to support these young athletes and challenge them to grow in their walk with Christ.