A yearly event that centers around students meeting at their local athletic fields to read God's Word continues to grow.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes reports that its 14th annual Fields of Faith event held in mid-October across the country and around the world, set a record for attendance.
Jeff Martin, FCA executive vice president of ministry advancement, says nearly 200,000 attended events on 521 fields.
"When we first started this back in 2004 as just a way to give teenagers a platform to be able to challenge each other to read the Word of God and accept Christ," Martin recalls, "we didn't know even if it would work or how long it would work, and just put it out there. And here we are all these years later and it just continues to grow."
Martin tells OneNewsNow there were even Fields of Faith gatherings in the Philippines and South Korea.
"It's a universal meeting place that is just a natural place," he observes. "And now it's just a matter of what they're meeting for, which is hearing from each other and encouraging each other in the Word of God."
He says more than 6,000 made first-time faith commitments, more than 5,000 recommitted their lives to Christ, and nearly 6,500 committed to reading their Bible.