When a young man came to our University of Maine FCA huddle towards the end of last year, he was very honest with me in where he was in his faith. He wasn’t sure what or who he believed in. I remember telling him we are all in different stages of our faith journey and he was very welcome at FCA to join us as we pursued our own life and faith learning.
Over a year later, as we concluded our last FCA UMaine meeting of the school year last week, this young man was the last to leave the meeting room. He asked if he could give me a hug and thanked me for being so welcoming to him over a year ago. He said he learned a lot and was beginning to have a better understanding of who God is in his life. He is a track guy, a thrower mostly. Individual sport competitors have a tendency to process things out differently as they need to motivate themselves to compete each meet against times and distance. This young man attended just about every weekly meeting for over a year pondering responses and occasionally sharing in the discussions. He said often times he didn’t speak up as much as he would have liked because he wasn’t as confident about what he would be sharing. I told him that I was so blessed by his realness and his pursuit of God. And that when he did share in the meetings, it was deep and real. He said he enjoyed being in a safe place able to share his thoughts of God with other student athletes who were in the same place in their faith walk, as well as with those who were a little more mature in their relationship with God but yet, lovingly, came along side each other as equals in their pursuit. I am blessed every year to watch these amazing student/athletes take time out of their busy schedules to come together with others who are being pursued by an amazing God as they pursue Him. THIS IS AN FCA HUDDLE!
Shane Corbett – Track – U Maine
Shane in an outstanding thrower on the University of Maine’s Track & Field team. He’s been a faithful attendee of our UMaine FCA huddle. Over half of our huddle at UMaine is made up of track athletes. The track team has had a team Bible study each season. Shane is relatively new in his faith walk with God. “The UMaine FCA huddle has been a safe place to go for deep discussions on God, our own faith, and how to incorporate our faith in our sport.”Shane
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
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