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Faith takes the field at BHS tonight

A celebration of faith will take over King Field tonight as Christian students share their testimonies with their peers.

The Fields of Faith program is aimed at students in junior high and high school in Copiah, Franklin, Lincoln and Pike counties, but the message is open to anyone to hear. Students are encouraged to bring friends, siblings and parents to the stadium at Brookhaven High School.

The free 90-minute program begins at 6:30 p.m. and is led by students who are members of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. There will be music, student testimony and an opportunity for those with questions to get answers.

This will be the third year BHS has hosted the national event, which is in its 14th year.

FCA’s Fields of Faith is structured as a student-to-student ministry. Peers invite their own classmates and teammates to meet on their school’s athletic field to hear fellow students share their testimonies, challenge them to read the Bible and to come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Chris Huffman, the FCA area representative over eight counties in Southwest Mississippi, said the message will be given by students, who will each briefly share their own testimony.

“It’s student-led,” he said. “They challenge each other to go deeper in their faith and to know and grow in Christ.”

Testimonies are short, just three to five minutes each.

“It’s them showing how God has showed up and is showing out in their lives,” he said. “The beautiful thing about testimony is it means to do it again. And if he did for them, and he does for us, he absolutely can do for anyone because he loves us all the same. We’re all a beautiful masterpiece.”

Huffman said the community needs to come together and Fields of Faith can help do that.

“We’ve got to do a better job just to continue to unify as a community. This is one of those moments — we do this every year — that we have the opportunity to do that,” he said. “Any chance that we can build these relational bridges, it doesn’t matter about background. It doesn’t matter black, white, red, brown, poor, rich, it doesn’t matter about any of that. Just as long as we’re coming and spreading a message of Jesus.”