Meridian Star

Religion

August 11, 2012

FCA Prayer Walks

MERIDIAN —     On Aug. 6  local high school students joined forces with parents, teachers and community leaders to walk around the campuses of Southeast Lauderdale High School and Northeast Lauderdale High School and pray for the upcoming school year.

    The prayer walks were organized and hosted by student leadership teams from both campuses, through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. These student officers attended an “FCA Leadership Camp” on the campus of Belhaven College following the second semester of last school year.

    Groups from both SEHS and NEHS then met over the summer to organize and arrange their efforts before school began. The idea of praying on the respective campuses seemed so suitable that they took advantage of the head start.

    In the book of James the Bible teaches believers that, “The prayers of a righteous man avail much.” Scripture from the book of James also teaches that, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights.”

    If all that is good comes only from God, and prayer is the avenue of the Christian believer to petition God, then these prayer walks can be deemed as not only beneficial but essential as students in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes seek to “See the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.”

    The events saw these groups of students, parents, teachers and community leaders physically walk around the campuses and pray for God’s provision, protection and purpose for all who would soon tread the paths of those halls. Prayers were lifted on behalf of students, administration, faculty, support staff and even fans who would attend extracurricular events on the campuses.

    There are active FCA huddles in all four Lauderdale County high schools, as well as at Meridian Community College, Lamar and Calvary Christian. Meridian High is adding a chapter on their campus beginning immediately in the 2012-13 school year.

    Lauderdale County is just one of five counties that comprise District 5 of Mississippi’s FCA. Newton, Smith, Jasper and Clarke counties round out the quintet and bring the total to 23 involved high schools and two junior colleges.

    If you would like to volunteer or support the efforts of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes please contact District 5 Director Brandon Dewease at (601) 934-6561 or visit D5FCA.org.

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