Monthly Archives: July 2012

FCA Leadership Camp

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a FCA Leadership Camp at UNC Wilmington with over 100Image 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.

Image           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.

Lincoln Lawing

FCA Staff – Gaston County, NC

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Video of the June 2012 baseball mission trip to the Dominican Republic

Pictures and video of the scenes and happenings on our trip.  Captures the essence of the relationships built and the presence of God even without knowing the language.

https://vimeo.com/45516116

Report from FCA Girls Camp at Black Mountain, NC

Report from Bethany Trouville, Future FCA Charlotte Staff 

I got a chance to spend a week at our FCA Girls Multi-Sport Black Mountain Camp June 25-29th and it was amazing!  We had 89 campers (ranging from middle school thru high school girls), 12 huddle leaders (consisting of female college athletes) and 17 camp staff.

Black Mountain is a breathtakingly beautiful place located near Asheville N.C. and is the perfect location for camp.  The huddle leaders and I arrived on Saturday morning for 2 full days of training, fellowship and prayer before camp.  The campers arrived on Monday around lunch time and after checking-in and getting settled in their rooms, camp began.  The daily routine consisted of morning devotions, breakfast, sports competitions, huddle group time where they got deeper into God’s Word, lunch, sport specific clinics, free time, dinner, evening chapel and finished the night with another huddle group time to reflect on the day and again dig deeper into God’s Word.

Throughout the week, God did a mighty work in the lives of many of the campers through the chapel speakers and huddle leaders.  All in all, we had 17 girls accept Jesus as their Savior for the first time and about 27 of them re-dedicated their lives to Christ! For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you saw my status that I was humbled to get a chance to speak to 4 girls after an evening chapel as 3 of the girls made the decision to re-dedicate their lives and 1 girl gave her life to Christ for the first time!  I was blown away by the stories of these young ladies and what they were dealing with at such a young age but rejoiced with them knowing that they can rest fully in the Father’s loving arms and He will be their everything!!!  It was an AWESOME week of camp and I give all glory and honor to God for His mighty works!  I also want to Thank You for being a part of His ministry with FCA and pray you also rejoice with me in knowing that we now have more sisters in Christ and more Christian athletes growing in their faith and making an impact for Christ in their schools and on their sports teams!!! I have attached a few pictures for you! The first is the view from our cabin, second is one of our huddle groups and third is of some of our campers during a worship song!  Enjoy!

Prayer Requests:

– For the girls who made commitments during camp to grow in their faith and really live it out and impact their communities for Christ

– FCA camp staff as they continue to minister to student athletes all summer

– For God to raise up more support/donors as I’m only at 32% and need to be at 90% to be on staff full time

His Servant,

Bethany Trouville