The FCA ministry has been growing rapidly in the Northeast over the last few years. The awareness and footprint of FCA in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and New York are steadily increasing as new Huddles, camps, volunteers and board members continue to be added year after year. While I work to build that same awareness and growth in Massachusetts it is extremely exciting for me and Kristie to see how FCA is growing around us. The most recent illustration of growth was in August. Kristie and I went to Kents Hill, ME to help with the FIRST EVER Northeast Huddle Leadership Camp.
Throughout the world, FCA trains, equips and strengthens middle school, high school and college Huddle leaders prior to the start of the each school year to ensure these young leaders are well prepared to lead their peers on public school campus. In keeping with the sports theme, a “Huddle” is the term FCA uses for a Bible study. Legally, once approved by the Principle, a FCA Huddle on a public school campus has all of the same rights and privileges as any other approved student led club.
Sixty-three student athletes from all over the Northeast attended the first ever Leadership Camp. As the campers were checking on Friday, they were handed a 4 foot long 2 by 4. They were instructed that they were to carry this beam with them “everywhere they went” for the entire weekend. They could write on them, take notes, draw and/or record any thoughts that the Spirit may lay upon their hearts. However, there was one rule …”NO PHONE NUMBERS”. Kristie and I were so blessed as we watched these beams fill up with scripture, event logs and drawings.
Each day began and ended with chapel. The worship got sweeter and sweeter each time. Kids were moved, united in fellowship and strengthened knowing that no matter how difficult it may get on campus, they are not alone in the Northeast.
Over the course of the weekend, these young leaders participated in breakout sessions dealing with Identity, Purity and Leadership. They had quiet time, prayer time and Bible study time. There was plenty of sport and competitive activities, including pie eating contests, to keep them engaged and enthused.
This camp was so encouraging to us because it was the first opportunity we had to serve alongside of our Northeast brothers and sisters in ministry and it gave us great insight into what is coming for Massachusetts. The leadership of Margaux and Lexy from Maine FCA was superb. The rallying of the Northeast team to pull together during a challenging time and not skip a beat was impressive. Pastor Frank Reynoso, Worship Leader Marvin Mumford and Former Cleveland Brown William Green kept the energy high and upbeat. Our FCA Northeast team is so committed and so sincere in their service for the Kingdom’s sake that it is truly humbling and an honor to serve alongside of them.
On the final morning of camp the campers had to do a mile long hike through the woods to the waterfront. They had to carry their beams as Christ carried His cross and there was no talking allowed. With the exception of designated prayer points along the way, the campers remained silent as they reflected upon the notes and scripture recorded on their beams over the course of the weekend. What a beautiful sight it was.
To those reading this, I say, be encouraged about what the Lord is doing in New England. Think about it, 63 kids from all over New England willingly volunteered to be trained up to return to their schools as leaders for Christ on their public school campuses!
Massachusetts did not have any athletes present this year. I want next year to be a very different story. But I cannot do it alone. Together, we can raise up the next generation of Christian leaders who will make a stand for Christ when the world is trying to turn Christianity on it head.
Would you please pray about joining my Home Team
as a monthly donor? It doesn’t matter if you live in Massachusetts or not. Massachusetts is a ripe mission field. Let’s RISE up together and bring glory to God in a place that is so rich in Christian heritage but has losts its identity.
Lamentations 5:21 Turn us back to You, O LORD, and we will be restored; Renew our days as of old,
“Hallowed be thy name” …Amen.
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
More information can be found at FCA.org.