Fields of Faith unites Christian teens
— The prevailing message of this year’s Fields of Faith, held Wednesday night at Rising Sun High School, was to connect with God, stay connected and tell others about their faith.
The annual gathering, hosted by Cecil County’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, brought more than 340 people to Tiger Stadium to hear students and pastors talk about being a person of faith in today’s world.
Among the student speakers
was Katie Eisenhuth, who explained how her faith in Jesus keeps her anxiety and fear in check.
“Why do I doubt myself when God created me in His image?” Eisenhuth said. “There is still sin and evil in the world, but having God makes it easier to go through.”
Bethany Wilson, who led the service along with Ben Savick, said it was Eisenhuth who calmed her fears over the last minute details for Fields of Faith.
“I was stressing about this event, and she sent me four Bible verses,” said Wilson, Rising Sun High School’s huddle leader, who added that the verses gave her peace and that it is typical of her friend to recognize a need.
“Her relationship with God is amazing,” Wilson said.
Sadie Leonard talked about how going to a new school and getting involved in FCA has had a big impact in her life.
“I didn’t have to change myself to get along,” she
said of her transition into The Tome School. “As my faith grew, I knew I had to share this newfound joy with others.”
Sharing that joy is also important, Leonard said. She feels free to express herself now and owes that to “my safe haven in Christ.”
“I don’t usually pester my friends, but for Jesus I could be annoying,” Leonard said.
Gracehope Stevens said it was her faith that pulled her from a dark place where she considered ending it all. In prayer, she said she heard God tell her she was not a mistake.
“I figured if God wanted me in heaven, I’d be in heaven,” Stevens said, adding she now knows she is needed here.
“I need to reach out and show that I am a Christian,” she said. “Never hide your Christianity. Stand up and be proud. Yes, I am a Christian!”
Autumn Wolfe said she has no problem sharing her faith at her school.
“I’m not concerned about people judging me because I know God loves me and that’s all that matters,” the Tome School junior said.
Alexis Brewer told the crowd that finding the FCA huddle at her school in sixth grade was life-altering.
“It’s been a huge part of my life,” Brewer said.
She has now been to several FCA camp programs and held leadership positions. It was at that first camp that Brewer learned a valuable lesson: don’t eat a big breakfast. The first activity after that meal was an exercise program starting with 30 burpees, a combination of a jumping jack and a pushup.
For Brewer, Fields of Faith is the best part of FCA.
“This night is one of my favorites because it impacts so many people,” Brewer said. “The Holy Spirit just fills the whole stadium in a matter of minutes and it’s amazing.”
Savick admitted that at least once he almost ditched an FCA huddle meeting, which starts at 7 a.m.
“Life was beating me up,” he said, comparing life to a bully taking his lunch money.
However, he went to the huddle and the message was spot on for his situation.
“Sometimes it can be a little message and sometimes it can be awesome,” said Savick, the huddle leader at Perryville High School. “This time it was awesome.”
After all the student testimonies, The Rev. Josh McCord, pastor of Conowingo Baptist Church, delivered a message challenging the teenagers to not just read their Bibles, but to understand the words and their meaning.
Teaching from both the Old and New Testament, McCord urged the crowd to know for certain that they believe in Jesus and have that relationship with Him.
“The power is in the word of God,” McCord said. “All you have to do is confess with your mouth.”
“There’s nothing you can do to earn your way into heaven,” he said, adding, “that includes 30 burpees.”
Fields of Faith concluded with a huge prayer circle on the field with Wilson and Savick praying over the crowd.
“It was amazing,” Wilson said of the evening’s events. “We had prayed that the Lord would be ever present and that people would respond.”
Savick said the evening was an answer to his prayer.
“The one thing I said was we are not trying to change lives, we are just trying to show lives can be changed,” Savick said.
Katie Eisenhuth sings the national anthem at the start of Fields of Faith, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event held Wednesday night at Rising Sun High School.
The Rev. Brett Rush, pastor of Shiloh Community Fellowship in Quarryville, Pa., led the worship music for Fields of Faith.
Gracehope Stevens urged the audience members at the Fields of Faith event to be bold in their Christian faith.