HHS student Devin Coulter gives his testimony at last year's event.

Students from the Houston R-1 School District will join thousands of other youth on athletic fields all across the nation Sunday night to share their Christian faith with fellow students during the third annual Fields of Faith event.

This rapidly growing, interdenominational outreach event will begin with a tailgate party at 6:15 p.m. at the Houston High School football field, followed by the event at 7 p.m. The night will include worship led by the Undivided Hearts praise team and testimonies from members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at HHS.

While many Christian rallies are anchored to an entertainer or professional speaker that creates a spectator event, Fields of Faith is structured as a student-to-student ministry. Peers invite their own classmates and teammates to meet on their school’s athletic field to hear fellow students share their testimonies, challenge them to read the Bible and to come to faith in Jesus Christ.

“We encourage all students from all Texas County schools to join us for Fields of Faith 2013 and what we believe will be a life-changing night,” said Sandy Cremer, FCA huddle leader at Houston. “We also invite adults to be part of the event to support our teenagers and join us in worship.”

Nearly 300 people attended the first two Fields of Faith in Houston. Both were moved indoors due to inclement weather. Nationally, more than 600,000 students have joined in the movement since Fields of Faith began in 2004. In 2012 alone, more than 160,000 students gathered on 424 fields across 37 states to participate in the event.

It’s not just those numbers that have FCA organizers excited about Fields of Faith. It’s the real-life impact that these gatherings are having on young people. Last year’s series of events saw 3,710 students make first-time faith commitments to follow Jesus Christ, 4,809 recommitted their life to Christ and 6,885 committed to reading the Bible daily.

“The impact of Fields of Faith has been incredible in just these past few years,” said Les Steckel, FCA president and former veteran NFL coach. “It’s all about young people in these communities coming together on their school’s athletic field and challenging each other to go back to the fundamentals of reading God’s Word and coming to faith in Jesus Christ.”

“Fields of Faith challenges this generation to be committed to reading the Bible and living a transformed life for Jesus Christ,” said Jeff Martin, a FCA staff member who created Fields of Faith. “It’s students challenging students, peers challenging peers and that’s the heart and soul of Fields of Faith.”

For more information about the Houston event or to volunteer to help, contact Cremer at 417-260-4977 or scremer@houston.k12.mo.us or Jeff McNiell at 417-260-4343 or jmcniell@yahoo.com.

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