The winds died down and the evening was perfect for a very special event held at the Gothenburg Rodeo Grounds Oct. 14. Some may even say it was divine intervention. Either way, a large crowd gathered in the grandstands to enjoy worship music together and hear testimonies.

Fields of Faith is a national movement of student-led events designed to challenge young people to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ. Events like the one in Gothenburg last Wednesday were held all across the country that night, all completely led by and for students.

The Fields of Faith event has taken place in Gothenburg for a number of years, and is typically held - as the name implies - on the athletic field. However, with current Covid guidelines in place it was moved this year off of school grounds to the rodeo arena.

Fields of Faith began in 2004 through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) program. Speakers at this year’s Gothenburg event were Bella Rickertsen and Seth Daup.

Rickertsen gave a heartfelt and challenging testimony, sharing about her years of trying to find her identity through athletics and academics, and even friends. Daup shared the moving story of watching his father fight for his life the past several months, and trying to juggle that with school and activities.

Though their stories were quite different, both Rickertsen and Daup ended with the same message to their peers - Jesus Christ is the only way to get through the trials of life that will come your way.

The stands, sprinkled here and there with adults, were quiet as the teens spoke. Both encouraged all of the young people present to seek them out if they have questions or want to know more.

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