HAVE A LITTLE FAITH

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

It’s been said, “you can get too much of a good thing.”

Perhaps that’s true with too much chocolate, too many cookies, or too many cocktails.

But one thing our youth can never get too much of is an association with our local FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).

In recent writings we’ve shared some positive thoughts about FCA . Why? Because it just might be the best thing we’ve got going for our kids across this great country today.

We’ve talked about how locals Adam Timmerman and Bruce Dagel are involved in promoting FCA throughout northwest Iowa. They continue to promote FCA in the midwest and beyond.

And then closer to home, walking the halls of Washington High School here, we have a gem in Charity Anderson. She’s more than a biology teacher and coach. She’s a treasure chest of hope, inspiration and understanding for our youth.

I asked Charity to put into her own words what FCA is and what it stands for.

Her remarks are well worth sharing:

“FCA is a national, non-profit Christian sports ministry (although I’ve always said you don’t have to be an athlete to participate). I’ve been a part of it since I was in high school at South O’Brien many years ago. We had a really large and active group. We would meet once per month or once every other month, and then would also meet sometimes on Sundays for Bible study in small groups.”

She continued, “My biology teacher, Kevin Brasser, led it. He was, and still is inspirational to me. FCA was a great way to feel supported and grow in faith. It’s a huge positive in the midst of a pretty negative society. It’s all about hope in the face of much despair and anxiety that many youth face today. It’s a place to bring your friends who need to hear a positive message that includes the gospel. FCA’s mission is to lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church, and to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.:

Charity added, “I have found there is much need for hope in our youth today. I started FCA in Cherokee many years ago because I realized my students needed hope. i also realized most of my students didn’t attend church, so this was a good place for them to have fun, in a safe environment, to hear a positive message that could help them the rest of their lives, and also to feel cared about and supported.”

Wow! Thank you, Charity.

You just wrote my best column.

Amen.

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