Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a FCA Leadership Camp at UNC Wilmington with over 100 high school and middle school athletes. I was a huddle leader (FCA lingo for small group leader). At the beginning of the week each huddle leader is assigned 6-8 athletes. It is the huddle leader’s responsibility to watch over these athletes and enhance their spiritual growth throughout the week. I was blessed with seven wonderful young men to mentor for the week. We had a great time getting to know one another through competition, corporate worship, small group discussion, and just hanging out with each other.
Each morning of the camp started with a devotion and quiet time. After that, everyone met for a morning worship session that consisted of great music and a daily challenge that our speaker presented to the athletes, coaches, and staff members. After morning worship, everyone participated in camp wide competitions that consisted of volleyball, football, basketball, and kickball. Each huddle played one another and I believe this was the biggest contributor to the camaraderie that was developed among my huddle. As we have all seen before, there aren’t many things that bring a group of people together more than competing as a team. These competitions were a great time and an even better learning experience for the athletes. After each event, the huddles would come together and pray with one another. Some of the athletes mentioned how powerful it was to see opponents come together in prayer after they finished competing against one another. I think this opened the eyes of a lot of the athletes present that it is possible to participate in fierce, healthy, and Godly competition against opponents.
In the afternoon, athletes attended small group sessions that equipped them to be FCA student leaders on their campus. These sessions consisted of teaching student leaders the principles of FCA campus ministry as well as the process that is required to start and sustain an active FCA ministry on their campus. To cap off each night of camp, everyone attended a Spirit filled corporate worship session. These worship sessions consisted of music, skits, testimony, and a powerful message from the speaker. During the first night of worship, six athletes received Christ. This was a powerful night as everyone rejoiced and praised God for moving so greatly. The Spirit of God was so thick during that night of worship that everyone could feel it move.
I am thankful that God allowed me to be a part of this camp. It is powerful to see what God is doing on campuses in our area through the lives of athletes and coaches. Having the opportunity to pour into young people’s lives is one of the most rewarding things I could ever do. Thank you for your continued support because stories like these would not be possible without you.
FCA Staff – Gaston County, NC