Hundreds of teens from Stokes and surrounding counties gathered at West Stokes last Wednesday night for Fields of Faith, a student led event where young adults are invited to pray for, share with, and challenge their peers to read the Bible and follow Christ.
Coach Nick Frye has helped organize the interdenominational outreach evening for the past four years.
“I heard about it through FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and thought it would be a good thing to try here. It gives students a chance from all over to get together and show their love for Christ and to make a stand,” he said. “There’s nothing better than to hear students talk about Christ. This is one of my favorite nights of the year. When it’s over kids come up and tell me we need to do it more often.”
Frye said teens stepped up earlier than usual and asked to speak.
“They really bought into it. In previous years they’ve watched their peers get up and talk and they’ve seen how they’ve grown from it,” he said.
When preparing for Fields of Faith Frye said it was important to let students know it wasn’t intended just for West, but as an outreach for the community.
The evening opened with worship songs and then a number of students spoke from five to ten minutes on relevant issues in their lives such as bullying, fear, worry, and stress.
West Stokes Anna Brown shared what it felt like to be bullied at a young age.
“It made me feel like I wasn’t worth anything, but I know that’s not true. We’re all beautiful to God,” she said.
The junior shared a passage from Romans 8:31.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Megan Condon, a North Stokes senior played the guitar and sang a song with a message of wants versus needs.
James Cowan shared his testimony of growing up with a single parent battling cancer.
“I asked why would God allow this to happen to me and to my dad? The cancer didn’t get better, it got worse. It took a toll on my life. But sometimes God allows things to happen in our lives to show how strong our faith is,” he said. “I’ve found a lot of strength in my relationship with Christ.”
Jefferson Church of Christ’s student minister, Todd Payton closed this evening encouraging students to be bold in their faith.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.