On Friday, Arp and West Rusk football teams will be competing in a conference game. Two days before the Friday night lights, their communities along with Henderson, Troup and Overton rallied together for one purpose.
It’s a national movement called Fields of Faith, where student athletes come together to worship, pray and challenge their peers in their Christian faith.
“It’s based off the idea of when King Josiah of Judah, he was a young king at the time, but he gathered his people of his nation all in one place to gather and worship God,” said Arp senior Mack Stroupe. “As a result, they changed their culture.”
The movement is apart of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, but students said everyone is welcome. Wednesday night, multiple churches participated providing food before the event.
“We may be rivals, but at the end of the day we’re all God’s children and we’re all going to have to come together as one,” said Arp senior Briana Medlock.
Arp High School FCA leader Justin Hunley said it’s gratifying to see a young generation stand behind what they believe in.
“It’s more than sports. It’s more than school. It’s about God, bringing glory to God. We’re all under His kingdom,” said Arp senior Jacobe Hunt.
Guest speaker of the night was Jacksonville native Randy McCown, a former quarterback for Texas A&M.
“I’m encouraged,” said McCown, beginning his speech. “It’s encouraging to see so many young people come out for something like this.”
“It’s like football, you’ve got to play every down like it’s your last,” said Stroupe. “It’s kind of like our Christian walk. We need to go through everyday like we might not have another one.”
The Arp Tigers will play the Raiders in West Rusk on Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.
For more information about Fields of Faith, click here.