Center Point-Urbana has a large FCA group, and brought multiple buses for the trip to La Porte City last Wednesday. A group from Benton also attended.
Edwards told the audience how VS football players were surprised at the positive reaction to the players’ post-game prayer with CPU team members after the season opener. Many people shared photos of that impromptu gathering on Facebook.
Many of the students who spoke shared what they called their “God story,” or how they experienced faith through the daily routines of life, or while facing significant challenges.
Many students, like Edwards, shared a favorite Bible verse.
He told the audience about a necklace his parents had given him years ago, shaped like a nail as a reminder of the death of Jesus on the cross.
The verse he shared was Galatians 2:20: “
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and [a
which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
The students heard from a variety of perspectives, from new believers just beginning in their faith, to David Thompson, the former Oklahoma State and St. Louis Rams player who shared lessons his mother taught him while raising a large family and taking her six children to church several times each week.
The Union FCA began several years ago, with just two athletes and a coach meeting in the gym. Now, a couple of dozen students meet weekly during the football season, and gather at other times per year. Union has hosted a Field of Faith for several years, and it is one of the largest small-town gatherings in the country.
Carl Gonder, the director of the Eastern Iowa FCA, spoke briefly to the crowd about the organization. Gonder’s father, Ron, was a long-time sports announcer at WMT Radio.