by Lisa Tome
Although he's just 16, Perryville High School junior Ben Savick wants to change lives.
He hopes that the annual Fields of Faith helped him do that.
"I'm here to give my testimony. I just want to talk on a real level with everyone. I want to change lives, reach out to people, and get my message across," said Savick. "I'm a little crazy. I don't have stage fright. Speaking about God is a win/win situation. I just want to reach out to people."
Fields of Faith is an annual event. It was held at Rising Sun High the past few years. This year, it moved to Perryville for the first time. "Makynzie Barton served as coordinator. "It's a good thing, a positive thing that it moved. That way we get more schools involved. That's what it's meant to be," said Barton. "It's been stressful but the Rising Sun people have been very helpful. Everything has been very positive."
In addition to serving as the organizer, Barton also expressed what being a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) means. "You come together and you pray. You get to come together with really cool people...You know you can trust them and that they will be good friends ... they will tell you what you need to hear and what God wants you to hear," said Barton.
This event was not just for high school students. Perryville Middle eighth grader Gracey Stevens provided her testimony. "I've been with the spirit of God my whole life. But middle school is all crazy and different," said Stevens. She also said that by joining FCA, she has a chance to "change someone's life."
Jess Borchardt is a Rising Sun High senior who also spoke at last year's Fields of Faith. "I just want the kids to know you don't have to wait until they're older to talk about God. Do it now," Borchardt said.
Although he attends Elkton High, Elias Kenenske felt comfortable on the playing field at Perryville. "We come here for sports events. I'm going to talk about the joy of God and how it's better than normal joy. It lasts forever. It's a joy and a peace," said Kenenske. "I would not find any point in sports if not for God. I know God and life is more meaningful with God."
There were also vendor booths from Pleasant View Baptist Church, Reach radio, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Brett Rush and Andrew Lehman of Shiloh Tabernacle in Quarryville, Pa. provided live praise music. Cory Sullivan was the featured adult speaker.
Area churches supported the event by bringing large groups. Those churches include Janes UMC, Conowingo Baptist, Calvary Missionary Baptist, Wrightsdale Baptist, Pleasant View Baptist, First Baptist Church of Perryville, and Grace Bible Chapel. Students from every county high school and some of the middle schools attended.