Duplin rivals unite in first countywide worship service

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More than 100 sudents, athletes and community members converged on the football field of North Duplin High School on April 23 to unite in prayer and worship in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ first countywide Fields of Faith event. The event was held on the same day as the Duplin County Easter Tournament for baseball and softball, affording an opportunity for all four of the county’s high schools to be in attendance.

Fields of Faith was a student-led event and featured testimony from North Duplin High student Madison Kennedy, prayers from the East Duplin baseball team and the worship team, and a message from pastor John Michaelson. People were moved to tears in the service.

“This is the best feeling in the world,” said North Duplin student-athlete Gage Outlaw. “This whole event is God at his finest, there really aren’t words for it. North Duplin’s FCA is growing, God is thriving. Every day and every month, you can see God in our school and it’s so beautiful. I hope we can do this more and make it bigger every year.”

Director of FCA in Duplin County, Sue House said she was elated by the amount of support that was shown for the first countywide Fields of Faith event, but she wasn’t surprised.

“I already know the spirit of the Lord is moving here, this was just an outward display of what is going on,” House said. “FCA is so vital for the lives of these kids. Jesus will save your life. Prayers can save lives.”

People from James Kenan, East Duplin and North Duplin were all in attendance and at least for a night, they were not rivals.

“Tonight was amazing. You want to see people take the word along with everything they felt and experienced tonight and use it in their lives. I hope they take it beyond this and allow it to affect them and the people around them,” said North Duplin football coach Hugh Martin.

Duplin County’s FCA hopes to have more events at more schools. For more information on what FCA is and what the group does, email Sue House at shouse@fca.org.

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