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“Fields of Faith” rally draws crowd of 200

Submitted by on October 15, 2015 – 8:35 pm

Rory Chrisiaens

Rory Chrisiaens, Director of the Missoula Chapter of FCA, introduced the event. Over 180,000 people were gathered at similar events throughout the nation, he said. The purpose of the event, he said, was to use the visibility athletes attain to bring attention to God and what he can do for people.

For many high school students, life revolves around sports, socializing and school. But for hundreds of area students, God is the top priority. Wednesday, October 14, about 200 students showed up at the PHS stadium to share their faith. FCA in Montana got its start in Miles City in 1974. Today there are 35 groups–“huddles”–active in Montana.

Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has been challenging coaches and athletes to use the 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.

The event featured music by “Driven,” a Christian band from Ronan, which was formed after being inspired by attending an earlier “Fields of Faith” rally in Polson.

The emphasis was on personal devotion and the emotions that go with it. “I love getting any chance I can to hang out with God.” said PHS junior Cassie Carlyle. “The event is a way for me to do that with all the people from my school and my community who want to celebrate the love of Christ”

Several athletes from the University of Montana addressed the crowd.

Reese Carlson, wide receiver for the Grizzlies

Reese Carlson, wide receiver for the Grizzlies

Reese Carlson, wide receiver for the UM Grizzlies, talked about his love for Jesus. He said the experience is like a taste–it can’t be communicated. People have to have had the experience before they can understand what people are saying about it.

Cheerleader Emily Berte talked about difficult events that happened to her when she was a young girl, and testified that a relationship with Jesus was key to her healing.

Joey Counts, wide receiver for the UM Grizzlies, talked about both finding “the path” and getting off the path. He said that sometimes Jesus works through other people, and he expressed particular gratitude for Character Coach Rory Chrisiaens who reached out to him when he was going through a hard time.

Mark Rochin is local faculty sponsor of FCA. The organization is run by students.