Highlights from a Vermont Coaches Appreciation Breakfast

On March 18, 2017, we held a Coaches Appreciation Breakfast to express our gratitude to coaches who are making a difference in our community and provide other community leaders with details about FCA. Twenty-five people attended, including 15 area coaches, as well as donors and board members who serve and seek to have an FCA coaches’ ministry in action in …

Exceptional

I’m blown away by all the different people that God has used to shape my life and my walk with Him. During my life, I’ve had the incredible pleasure of spending time with many different people, and have had the opportunity to listen to hosts of inspiring speakers during my sixteen years in ministry with FCA. While there are many …

Ministry Impact at US Military Academy

Eric Van Dress, who is recently retired, is the husband of West Point Army Chaplain Val Van Dress.  Both Eric and Val have really wild testimonies of what God saved them out of late in life.  This past year, Eric became involved with West Point FCA, serving as the “Spiritual Coordinator” and as an FCA Volunteer for the Army Sprint …

Coaches

As another practice comes to a close, I fold up the practice plan, put it in my backpack and walk off the field. It’s great to be a coach. That was one incredible practice, but like every practice, we will never use that practice plan ever again. What we hope to accomplish won’t change, but how we do it will …

T-shirts and Trophies

Athletes and coaches alike can get really into awards and recognition – setting goals and channeling all of their efforts into one or two things that they pursue recklessly for a short period of time. And, the goal is either accomplished, or it is not. Usually if it goes unaccomplished, it becomes an even more desirable feat the following season. …

Syracuse city kids impacted for Christ at FCA camp

In January, Amanda Tewksbury, FCA’s East Syracuse Area Representative, and I held a basketball camp for Syracuse City School District girls in grades 3-8 – and it was a blast! I had the opportunity to share with the campers about “Rising Tomorrow” — how to prepare for the next day, set goals, and rise above the day to look forward …

Growing Number of FCA Coaches Huddles in New Hampshire

The FCA ministry continues to grow in New Hampshire through Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coaches Huddles. God is working through FCA and making a difference in our community one coach, one team and one student at a time. Currently, there are two active and growing Coaches Huddles. Coaches from six area high schools and a wide range of sports including …

12:07

12:07 is not a bad race time, depending on how far you’ve been asked to travel. Twelve hours and 7 minutes after beginning my race, I crossed the finish line of the longest run of my life. With a smile on my face, salt encrusting my eyebrows after hours of sweating, and an indescribable smell all around me, I crossed …

Ministry Moment with Nathan Bliss, FCA Campus Director, Syracuse University

For years, I’ve looked to this verse when I needed to regain a heavenly perspective on life: “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Whether I needed to overcome obstacles, deal with temptations, or choose God’s will over my selfish desires, Colossian 3:2 has reminded me that God’s position and perspective are superior to all others. …

Tarmac

After a long week of running around New York City and meeting incredible people, I was physically exhausted and ready to be home. I was just 48 minutes of delightful air time away from being home, yet in a place where nobody wanted to be as I sat wedged in my small seat aboard a Jet Blue plane, wishing I …