Victoria area students gather for Fields of Faith

Ismael Perez By Ismael Perez

Oct. 11, 2017 at 9:21 p.m.
Updated Oct. 12, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

Macey Murray, 16, left, Kiersten Cerny, 16, and Stephen Felnner, 17, from Victoria East High School compete in a tug-of-war competition before beginning worship at Fields of Faith at Victoria Memorial Stadium.

Macey Murray, 16, left, Kiersten Cerny, 16, and Stephen Felnner, 17, from Victoria East High School compete in a tug-of-war competition before beginning worship at Fields of Faith at Victoria Memorial Stadium.   Olivia Vanni for The Victoria Advocate

Lauren Garrett stood in the middle of the football field and focused her thoughts and prayers on her blurry and uncertain future after high school.

"I'm actually kind of scared of being on my own for the first time ever," said the 17-year-old Victoria West High School senior. "But, wherever I run out to, I hope to find another great church and some good friends."

More than 500 students and community members gathered in prayer Wednesday night for the Fields of Faith event at the Victoria Memorial Stadium.

The event was organized by Victoria churches such as Faith Family Church, Parkway Church and Northside Baptist Church.

The churches teamed up with the Victoria Independent School District and invited students who were interested in the event.

Fields of Faith is usually for student athletes, but it has become an event for everyone to come, pray and put their differences aside in order to talk to God, said Jake Kabela, 29, youth pastor at Faith Family Church.

He said people usually pray about topics such as standing up for their faith, their purpose in life and current events.

The event shows the students that there is more for them than just going to school and sports, Kabela said. That there's a bigger fulfillment in God.

"For the people in the community, it shows that this generation is not lost," Kabela said. "There's still hope in this generation because their hope is in Jesus."

He said these are students in Victoria who love Jesus and want to see great things in their city.

The students played bubble soccer and then proceeded to the field to sing along to faith and worship songs.

The live music was led by a band made up of youth groups throughout Victoria.

Lauren said events such as Fields of Faith remind her and other Christians that they are not alone.

"Coming here makes you realize you have so many good people to surround yourself with," she said. "If you ever think you have nobody to turn to, just remember you have all these people around you."


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