A cool Wednesday evening at Cherokee High School's Tommy Baker Field was the scene of FCA's Field of Faith that saw several thousand members of the community came together for a night of sharing and worship. Cherokee High School student Brandon Roberts originally brought the idea of the Fields of Faith to fruition in Cherokee County after discovering the event through a FCA Leadership camp. Through Brandon's efforts and working with community leaders Bill Queen, Area Director of Fellowship of Christain Athletes for Cherokee County and Amy Turcotte who at the time worked with FCA the event continues to be an opportunity for the community to learn about Christ and inspiring individuals.
When asked about what Fields of Faith means to him, Brandon responded with the following. "Fields of Faith is about people coming out and building relationships with Christ, to see lives changed and to see people come together as a community".
The Evening started off with the National Anthem sung by Canton Elementary's Jamorad Keith. Jamorad also sang at a prayer vigil for Collins Dixon that brought tears to many people's eyes when he sang "the Sparrow" last year.
Calvin Hill then delivered greetings and presented Brandon Roberts with several proclamations, including one from Gov. Nathan Deal. There were several local politicians in attendance supporting Fields of Faith.
The Band "The Museum" took the stage to play a set and get the crowd moving and singing.
Matthew Blaylock, who spoke at the first ever Fields of Faith in Cherokee County introduced the evenings first speaker, Coach Roger Kvam. Kvam gave his testimony and words of encouragement.
Blaylock then introduced the next speaker, Ronnie Chastain, who is founder of Finish Strong Foundation and the older brother of Collins Dixon. Ronnie spoke of his brother, his fight against brain cancer and the foundation, and did so with conviction and energy.
Following Ronnie, the band again took the stage a played a second set with a large crowd of teenagers moving onto the field. The band played familiar songs of worship and set the mood for the main speaker of the evening, Brent Crowe.
Crowe spoke to the crowd, estimated to be several thousand, and presented the Gospel where several hundred accepted Christ and met with counselors afterwards.
To learn more about Finish Strong Foundation go to bendyourknees.org The foundation will soon host the first Collins Dixon Bend Your Knees Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held Friday Oct. 12 at Bradshaw Farm Golf Club in Woodstock. The shotgun start will begin at 1:00pm. This will be great community event and a great way to raise awareness of childhood brain cancer along with raising money for charities that support families that are facing the battle and journey of a child with a cancerous brain tumor.