Area youth, along with parents, pastors and other adults, celebrated the fifth consecutive Fields of Faith event Wednesday at Newton Field.
During one high point, the crowd roared out in a “Shout-out to Jesus,” joining in spirit with 450 Fields of Faith groups in 40 states across America. Sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the non-denominational event drew an estimated 1,800 people together from Olney, Jacksboro, Graham, Woodson, Newcastle, and Throckmorton.
The Graham Fields of Faith Leadership team included Jimmy Guinn, Wayne Ramsey, Tony Hawkins, Tyler Rudak, Youth Net representative, Coach Robert Sides and Steve Keenum, Big Country FCA Area Director. Guinn, who started Graham's first Fields of Faith and continues to lead it, said the event remains life-changing for many teenagers.
“Over 150 students made either personal decisions to accept Jesus for the first time or rededicate their life to God,” Guinn said. “It gave me great encouragement and hope to see students respond to God when given the opportunity after being challenged by their student peers.”
Those who participated in the program included Kirk Weldon of Jacksboro High School, who offered the opening prayer, emcee Robert Ownby and three Graham High School students who gave challenges and personal testimonies. Spur Hearne, who gave the Old Testament challenge, read from Exodus 17: 8-13, the story of how Joshua led the Israelites to fight the Midianites as God commanded Moses.
Hearne challenged fellow students to keep their eyes on Christ and remember that they need God's guidance for everything they do. Macy Spears shared the New Testament challenge found in Matthew 16:24-26 from a personal perspective. Spears said that she discovered it was easy to be distracted by trivial concerns and lose sight of spiritual priorities.
Read the entire story in this weekend's edition of the Graham Leader.