Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting two new schools (new to me) that were either wanting to start an FCA Huddle or have been going with no FCA staff presence. In both of these situations I was blessed to meet teachers that genuinely care for their students and want to see them come to know Christ. In both situations I was able to leave one of our FCA Coaches Bibles with the teacher and it was great to see how they were so appreciative to not only have a copy of God’s Word, but one specifically designed to help them grow in their walk as coaches/teachers and reach their students. Coming out of the Christmas season I have given many gifts lately. However, it was so refreshing and just a blessing to me to see true joy that comes from giving and receiving gifts that will make an impact on eternity for Christ. I pray that God will give me more and more opportunities to share gifts of the Gospel!
One of my favorite outreaches that I am involved in each year is our annual Lee County FCA Super Bowl Party. My wife and I, invite all our local FCA students over to our house for a fun night of watching the big game, funny commercials, and eating lots of good food. As soon as time winds down in the second quarter we turn off the tv and settle the students down for some time in The Word. Each year I make sure to do a full Gospel presentation for students that might not know Christ and also a challenge to those students who have put their faith in Christ. This year will be no different in that all our students will be challenged to examine themselves and where they are in their walk with Christ, and if they have one at all. Please be praying for all our students in the next few days leading up to this outreach that God would already begin working in their hearts and that they would make a decision to fully follow him on Sunday. Also, please be praying for me as I prepare to share a challenge to them from God’s Word. Yes, we are expecting to have fun on Sunday, but most importantly we are expecting God to do great things!!!
This morning I was once again blessed to spend time with some of our middle school students at our weekly FCA Huddle. Last week we were down in numbers, but this week we were busting at the seems with almost 40 students in attendance. Many of the students that were there weren’t at our Rec Center NYE Teen Lock-In where I gave the devotion. So for this morning’s devotion I did a shorter version of the one I gave New Year’s Eve. I talked to the students about how they don’t need to let others and themselves label and determine who and how they will be as people. I encouraged them that God has a plan specifically for them and He is the only one who has a right to label and direct their paths. It seemed like most of our students were listening today as I challenged them to accept Christ and follow His will for their lives if they haven’t already, and if they have already, I challenged them to not let labels hold them back from following a God they know loves them so very much. Please pray for our students as they think about our devotion this morning that they won’t let the labels that the world give them and the patterns the world tries to put them in determine the course of their lives. Pray that they will submit to God and trust that he has the perfect path for their lives!
For the last several years, my wife Erin and I have been blessed to help lead FCA Huddles at our local high school and middle school. One of hte trends we have seen over the years is that one year a school will be up and another will be down in huddle attendance and then the next year it will switch.
This year we are in one of those years where our middle school huddle is really booming with 30 to 40 students attending each week. The kids are eager to attend and we have had some truly great interaction with them. Our high school huddle on the other hand is in a bit more of a down year. We have about 6 to 8 students who attend faithfully and we are truly thankful for the growth we have seen in their lives. At the same time it has been very disheartning at the high school as each week I have seen many kids who have came to FCA in the past and even attended leadership camps with us, just walking the hallways and not coming to our huddles. Most of these students I have been able to speak with and invite back and thankfully they aren’t coming because of being upset or anything like that. Honestly, they don’t really have any reason other than not making the effort to be there.
Please join me in faithfully praying for all our FCA students, but especially the high school students. Pray for the ones that are faithful and wanting to grow in their walk with Christ, that they wouldn’t be distracted and sidetracked like it seems so many other students have been. Pray for the students who are not attending, that God would become a priority in their life. We would love to have them back at FCA, but more than anything want to see them strive to grow in their walk with God and impact their schools for Christ. And lastly, pray for a group I haven’t event mentioned, our students who have graduated and are in college that they would continue to seek fellowship with other believers and grow in their relationship with Christ.
A couple of weeks ago we started back to school with our weekly FCA Huddles at Lee County High School and Middle School. It’s been great getting back to seeing our students each week and being able to share with them from God’s word in their schools. The exciting thing to report has been the growth in our Middle School FCA Huddle. This year we are averaging over 40 students a week and they are not only excited to be there, but they are bringing their friends. Our Huddle at the high school is doing well in that we have a faithful core group of students who are coming and we are really enjoying getting to know better. However, we have lost a lot of students who came last year. Please pray for us that we will be able to get these students to come back and participate. Also, be praying for my wife Erin as she is hoping to start a Bible study with some of our older FCA students and even one or two of our former students. We are excited to see God do something great this year through our FCA Huddles and as you to pray for us and our students each day!