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After years of prayer FCA now has staff support in the West Charlotte Area of our City. We are excited to add Warren Stukes to our staff. Warren is called to be part of FCA and to minister to the Coaches and Athletes at West Charlotte HS, West Meck HS, Berry HS, Harding HS, Vance HS, Garinger, and Johnson C. Smith.
Warren is a native of West Charlotte having played basketball there before his college career. A long time ministry volunteer for his church and for FCA, Warren is well prepared for ministry and is already making an impact in the city.
Last year we were able to send most of the Urban Schools to FCA Team Football Camp at UNC-Charlotte. This was an opportunity for the teams to grow together, play football, and grow spiritually through the speakers, programs, and challenges from the FCA staff. Warren has been able to follow up with the teams and continue that momentum throughout the fall season. In addition, FCA is growing through the other sports with many other Huddles beginning with coaches and athletes.
Fall 2015 has seen the momentum for FCA explode as over a dozen new campuses began an FCA Huddle this fall for the first time such as West Stanly Middle School, Cox Mill HS, West Charlotte HS, and others.
Fields of Faith were held at Sun Valley High School and North Lincoln HS. We were blessed to see students share their spiritual journey with their peers, worship together, and respond to the saving message of Jesus Christ.
Most Huddles have seen growth in numbers, depth of leadership, and fruit from their outreach on high school and college campuses.
Thanks to all the volunteers who make these Huddles happen. If you would like to know how you can serve these huddles call Mark Talbot 843-902-7910 and we will get you connected.
Over 325 gathered to hear stories from local coaches about how FCA had impacted their lives and the lives of the student athletes on their campus. As a bonus Dabo Swinney (Clemson Head Football Coach) spoke of his journey to coaching, to Clemson, and most of all to his faith in God. Here are a few of the highlights.
1. God never says OOPS!
2. When adversity comes into our lives it either defines us, destroys us, or God uses it to develop us. Make the right choice.
3. We have to be “Over Believers” and not just “Over Achievers”
4. We have to be ready for battle every day, put on the Armor of God.
5. We have to stay away from Things or People that are keeping us from being who God wants us to be.
In addition there was a pre-event with 30 local coaches where Dabo spoke encouragement to them to live out their faith in every area of life including their coaching.
I want to say thank you for being a part of our first ever dinner and silent auction for 49er FCA on Friday night. We are praising God for such an incredible turnout. I have attached a few pics from the event and below I have included a few testimonies we received over the past week. Thanks for your investment and for carving out the time to join us. I’d love to hear from y’all!
Ryan, thank you so much for everything you have done for the 49ers FCA. I truly believe God placed you and our son, ******* there for his spiritual walk. Words can’t express how much we appreciate that as parents. Prayers for you and your family with this leadership. [Charlotte Athlete’s Parent]
I can’t even begin to thank you for your amazing contribution to fca at Charlotte. I personally know that you continually inspire my son to seek the Lord and glorify him on everything he does. I so appreciate you meeting with him on a weekly basis to help him work through things and to dig deeper into his faith and the Word. You are such an amazing inspiration and role model to him. Thank you so much. [Charlotte Athlete’s Parent]
My husband and I had the pleasure of attending the FCA fundraiser on Friday night and hearing you speak. I can’t stop thinking about that evening and the impact you made on me. I was very surprised for several reasons but I just want you to know that we enjoyed being there and we would like to support FCA in the future. [Dinner Attendee]
I wanted to send out an update on the mission trip we recently took to Tecate, Mexico. It was the largest group (15) we have taken on missions since planting the ministry here in 2012. Some pictures are attached and below is an e-mail I received upon our return from a parent who went with us.
Ryan: I had a great, inspiring and enlightening time. I was hesitant to go at first but I’m glad I went. Thanks for all the work you do and the positive effect you have had on my son. I would love to go again. [Parent Testimony]
If you are a 49er fan, and FCA fan, or just love sports and ministry this will be a fun night. Lots of student athletes will share their experiences and participate. Coach Lambert will share his thoughts on the impact of FCA and you will see the fruits of a fellowship created by God. Ryan Gloer, FCA Director at UNCC will be the host and continues to lead through humility and grace. Don’t miss this!!!
#FCARealTalk15 saw girls from all over Charlotte come together for a time of fellowship, teaching, and inspiration. Over 50 women came together to put this event on at Myers Park High School.