Fifth annual local Fields of Faith event set for October 12

Zach Blickens is this year's featured speaker; World-touring "White Ribbon Day" to perform

Students, parents and community members are invited to join thousands of others on athletic fields all across the nation Wednesday, October 12 to share their Christian faith with each other during the 11th annual national Fields of Faith event. Although in existence nationwide for the past 11 years, the local Fields of Faith event in Waukon is being held for its fifth year that same evening at the Waukon High School football field after a successful inaugural event in 2012 that drew more than 400 local people and has continued to grow to approach nearly 1,000 attendees in recent years.

The Waukon event will kick off with a performance by the band "White Ribbon Day" which will take place at 6:15 p.m. The Fields of Faith program will begin at 7 p.m. with a series of speakers sharing their faith and other personal stories with those in attendance.

Featured speaker for this year's event will be Zach Blickens of Cedar Rapids, who is the front man for his "White Ribbon Day" band that will be kicking off this year's Fields of Faith event. Blickens has more than 15 years of experience in speaking across the United States and throughout the world. His energetic delivery is driven by a belief that God desires to meet powerfully with everyone who is hungry to know Him. "Zach is a fantastic speaker, and he and his band travel the world with their message," shared Amy Welch, coordinator of the Fields of Faith event in Waukon. "We were very fortunate to get him for our event. He and his band just happened to have some open dates that worked with our Fields of Faith event."

Local high school students are also scheduled to speak at this year's event. Waukon High School seniors Tyler O'Neill, Grace Blocker, Claire Beyer and Jasmyn Enyart are slated to share their experiences of life and faith with those in attendance.

Fields of Faith began with Jeff Martin, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) staff person who conceived the idea from an Old Testament reference in 2 Chronicles 34 after searching how to help today’s generation of students face spiritual battles and temptations. “Fields of Faith challenges this generation to be committed to reading the Bible and living a transformed life for Jesus Christ,” said Martin. “It’s students challenging students, peers challenging peers and that’s the heart and soul of Fields of Faith.”

Members of the public are invited to bring their own blankets to spread out on the football field and take part in the event. Lawn chairs are also welcome for those unable to sit on blankets. Hot cocoa and popcorn will be available throughout the event. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held inside the Waukon High School gym.

To learn more about the local Fields of Faith event being held at Waukon High School Wednesday, October 12, contact Amy Welch by cell phone at 563-794-1303.