By Cathy Nelson
HOT SPRINGS - The Hot Springs Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) hosted Fields of Faith in Case Auditorium on Wednesday evening, Oct. 10. Fields of Faith is a student-led event wherein they pray for one another, share their personal spiritual experiences, and challenge their peers to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ.
“The biggest thing we’re looking for is getting kids on the platform to profess their faith and invite others to do the same,” said Amanda Scott, who is a middle school physical education and health teacher and one of the advisors of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes that meets on Wednesday mornings at the Hot Springs school. “Kids live in a world with so much uncertainty. It’s hard to be a christian, so we want to make it important to them.”
Fields of Faith was a dream of Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes Area Director, Jeff Martin, who prayed about what to do with his heartfelt frustration regarding the temptations and spiritual battles facing our more “spectator generation” youth. God led him to 2 Chronicles 34 for the answer. King Josiah, an influential teenager, gathered his people and challenged them to read God’s Word. In 2004, the Josiah-influenced dream came true when more than 6,000 students gathered on school athletic fields throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas for Fields of Faith.
The first-ever Hot Springs Fields of Faith opened with worship music led by Easton and Jarrett Weimer. Students led the welcome and prayer. The crowd of at least 130 people was comprised of students, teachers and others from the community.
Next to speak, was assistant coach Josh Scott who talked about the scripture from 2 Chronicles 34:31. He said that King Josiah had God in his heart, and he did not waiver to the left or right. Scott told the audience that they should learn from Josiah to stay on course and not waiver, that Josiah took action and vowed to follow God’s will. “Allow the words to impact how you live every day,” Scott said. “Others watch how you prepare for games and how you act in the classroom. Be an impact person.”
Senior Morgan Harkless said he is forever grateful for every opportunity God has put in his life. He shared a personal experience of losing a friend and the anger he felt until his heart was changed after attending church. “Don’t take anything for granted,” he said.
Senior Tierra Schroeder said she grew up attending mass but her relationship with Christ took on meaning after attending youth camps and youth rallies. After attending a particular camp, she said, “I fell in love with Christ. My whole heart is open to God.”
Junior Cade Gehman said he knew God was always there, but then he began to see God working in small ways. “God’s faith and love is always there,” he said. “God has everything under control and has a plan for us.”
The students challenged the audience to commit to a 21-day Bible study on the book of John. As the crowd left the Case, students handed out a small study Bible on John that everyone could take home and study on their own.
Teacher and assistant coach Mike Molitor said, “You are relevant, you matter because Christ made it so. God wants your best effort. Be like Josiah, be intentionally obedient.” He encouraged everyone to put others before self.
The program ended with Rev. Matt Lim of Calvary Baptist Church giving a message about Josiah and the relevance of the story for today’s students. He asked everyone to bow their heads and close their eyes, and then asked anyone who wanted to dedicate their lives to Christ to raise their hands.
As the meeting came to the end, Molitor invited the entire crowd to gather in a circle on the gym floor for prayer.
“We hope to have Fields of Faith again next year,” said Amanda Scott. “We want it to be an annual event. It’s important to host something like this. It was definitely a God thing.” She said there were 12 who gave their lives to Christ during the evening.
“I want to thank everyone for coming to Fields of Faith and all the volunteers who helped put it on,” Amanda said. “I am proud of our students. It’s good that the kids stand up to profess their faith and give their testimony.”
The Hot Springs Fellowship of Christian Athletes is open all students whether they are involved in sports or not. “The FCA group grows each week,” Amanda said. “I hope faith in God keeps growing.”
Cathy Nelson/Fall River County Herald
Everyone who attended Fields of Faith at Case Auditorium on October 10 gathered in a circle to pray, led by middle school football coach Mike Molitor, who is an advisor of the Hot Springs Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The event itself was originally scheduled to take place outdoors at Woodward Field, but was moved indoors due to weather.