Last night thousands of students from different schools on the South Plains came together at the Texas Tech United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock for the annual Fields of Faith ministry that is sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Fields of Faith had to change venues from Jones AT&T Stadium to the United Supermarkets Arena for weather purposes.
This annual event promotes Christian leadership among athletes world wide. FCA’s vision is, “To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.” and their mission, “To present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.”
There were many student testimonies throughout the evening, plus praise worship. We heard one young lady from Plains speak about how she came to know The Lord. Her name is Breann Griffiths and she is Senior at Plain High School. She told a passionate and bold testimony of how she was saved. Her best friend Bailey Howard was responsible for her turning her life over to Jesus Christ. Tragedy soon struck Breann when her best friend Bailey committed suicide in early 2015. Breann spoke about how God comforted her during this difficult time. She also spoke about how God loves us, and will help in times of desperation.
We also heard from two Texas Tech athletes. One is Rebekah O’Brien of the Lady Raiders Soccer Team and the other was Dylan Cantrell of the Red Raider Football Team. Both are team captains of their respected teams. Both had a lot of encouraging words for us.
O’Brien spoke about how her father had been unfaithful to her mom. She began to question the story and found out more and that it, and she said, “it actually shattered my perspective on everything really, like, my perspective on men, my perspective on my father, on life, on myself.” She went on and told us that she carried this pain for a long time through most of high school even to college. O’Brien had opportunity to go to a team Bible study. That is when The Lord opened her eyes and realized that none of these things were her fault and the Love from Jesus was real. She said, “my perspective changed and I surrendered to Him.”
Dylan Cantrell had a different type of testimony. Cantrell’s father was a youth minister for 18 years and so he grew up in church and when he was eight years old in his bedroom, his father led him to The Lord. He has had a relationship with Christ for a long time. Cantrell said, “My parents were great influences and they are a great example of how I want to raise my kids.” He went on to talk about how God has our back, and nothing is impossible with God.
The feature speaker for the evening was Zack Randles who is the Lead Pastor for Waterfront Church DC in Washington D.C. Randles is no stranger to the South Plains because he was raised in Lubbock. His father Jon Randles was a well known youth and athlete evangelist. So Zack come back home to minister to thousands of students. His main message was know yourself, and know that Jesus is real, He is The Son of God, that He died on the Cross, He resurrected and He is alive!