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What an incredible night at our first Fall Finale! 

Over 30 students from across campuses in S. Chester County gathered for games, s'mores and an incredible testimony from WCU student and FCA leader, Mike Salloum.  God was present and glorified Friday night!  Thank you to everyone who came out!  

Please rsvp to Beth, Luke or Kristen to let us know you'll be there!

Leadership Camp 2019

Watch a short recap of camp from 2018 below

10.8 Kevin H WCU

Why FCA? A Coaches Perspective

My name is Barbara Cordova and I want to share with you why I love being involved with FCA.  I am the Head Women's Gymnastics coach at  West Chester University as well as the FCA teacher sponsor.  FCA gives me a wonderful platform to share my faith, to disciple fellow believers, and to watch the amazing work of God. 

 FCA has made me a better coach.  A few years ago, I was blessed to attend FCA Leadership Camp on the coaches’ tract.  It was a great experience.  God gave me a very important challenge that weekend with   1 Peter 5:2-3 "Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you.  Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly-not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.  Don't lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your good example."  It is my desire to lead my team by my good example and to care for them as a shepherd cares for his flock.  

FCA has also given me an opportunity to meet Christian coaches, FCA staff and college students from many different universities.  I have had the blessing of being a huddle leader at FCA MAAC the past two years.  This experience has been such an encouragement to me!   I have made eternal relationships and an in awe of how God works through the lives of His people.  Just yesterday, I had a young woman who was in my huddle two summers ago reach out to me thanking me for the difference I made in her life.  Wow!  What a gift. 😊  Truthfully it is all God! He is so faithful to use us when we are available to Him and recognize that the circumstances in our lives can be used to help others.  This young woman made a huge impact in my life too.  I was really heart broken by her sharing that her college coach knew so little about her personally.  It served as a challenge to me to be more invested in the lives of my athletes. FCA is making a huge impact in the lives of student-athletes.  I see it on my team, on our campus, and through-out the Mid-Atlantic region. 

WCU FCA student is baptized after attending FCA College Camp!

Mike is a student at West Chester University and attends the FCA huddle there.  He attended FCA College Camp in May and had a life changing experience.  Please read below to hear about it in his own words.

This was a big moment for me. Mostly because I had been wanting to get baptized since FCA camp, but couldn’t muster up the courage to do so at my own church, where I was afraid of judgement of others. 

Tonight I felt God pulling on my heart in a way I’ve never felt before. 

I brought my buddy Aidan (who was baptized right before me) and we both felt like we needed God to become a bigger part in us

I have been following Christ for a while, but to me, it has never been a full commitment.

Like a runner who runs alone, only pushing themselves until they’re uncomfortable, then fleeting back to the comfort of a slow pace. I needed God as my pace man. Running faster than I want to, pulling me behind Him, running as hard as I can, forcing me to push harder and dig deeper... In order to be truly happy with Him.

I’m very thankful for this group, because without it, I would’ve never went to FCA camp, and never would’ve seen His power.

Watch Mike being baptized!

Why I Volunteer with FCA - A Parents Perspective

I am Stephanie Hoopman, and I serve a parent volunteer who assists FCA’s teacher volunteer, Janet Holguin, at the Unionville High school Huddle.  Recently I read a Bible passage that caught my attention because the character in the story reminds me of teens today.

In the book of Acts there is story about a young man named Eutychus who is listening to Paul preach late into the night. Like many kids today he’s a bit disengaged sitting in the back of the room in a window.  As Paul’s preaching stretches past midnight, Eutychus falls asleep, and he tumbles out of the window to the ground below.  The first responders who approach Eutychus pronounce that he is dead...but Paul bends down over him, declaring, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him”.  Acts 20:12 wraps up the story by saying, “And they took the youth away alive..and were not a little comforted.”

Eutychus is like our teens in three distinct ways:

  1. From asleep to awake: Like Eutychus our kids are tired; so much is vying for their time.  Yet, it is so great to see kids get up early to prioritize huddle. Despite fatigue, kids attend huddle to connect with each other and to learn about Jesus.  From the start of huddle, students are awakened with a doughnut and the opportunity to participate in an icebreaker - no one is on the sidelines (or in a window falling asleep!).

  2. From bored to death to engaged. Huddle meetings are short as we only have about 35 minutes together, so there is no time for long sermons.  FCA fights boredom by keeping students engaged through student leadership.  FCA equips student leaders to lead huddle, and these leaders take turns teaching and engaging their peers.  1 Peter 3:15 says we should always be prepared to give an answer and a reason for the hope that is in us.  FCA huddles give students a chance to learn about hope in Jesus, and how they can help other kids connect to that hope, too.  Student athletes are strong influencers in their schools; FCA is an avenue for them to deploy leadership skills to influence their peers toward a relationship with Christ.

  3. From death to life:  Like Eutychus, God is still bringing dead things to life. Faith can appear dead in our youth as they grapple with this complex world that pulls them in so many directions. Yet, Jesus declares in John 10:10 that he came into the world that we might have life, and have it abundantly. FCA meetings allow students to explore Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life.  Also, FCA helps students build connections with other kids who want to know more about Jesus, so that they do not feel alone in this life’s journey.

Along with Mrs. Holguin, I get the amazing opportunity each Huddle to witness our youth walking away with more life in them.   One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 2:4, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.” Like Paul, I want to tell parents to not be alarmed..Paul saw life in Eutychus, and I see life growing through seeds of transforming truth planted into our kids through FCA. God promises to complete the good work He is starting in your kids. Like the end of Eutychus story in Acts, I am ‘not a little’ but enormously comforted witnessing these kids come alive as they grow in their faith and understanding of Jesus’s great love for them.

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