Friday, October 11, 2013
Hundreds gathered Wednesday night at Georgetown High School's football field to celebrate their Christian Faith.
“Fields of Faith” is a nationwide event that started in 2004 and since then, has had more than 600,000 students join the movement.
This was Georgetown's second year taking part in the event and organizers say the number of attendees doubled.
The music had the crowd on their feet and dancing throughout the night. But volunteers say the main goal is for people to be brought together as a community by their faith.
“That's what all of this is. It's a safe place to be brought up and lifted up and supported as a whole,” said Madison Martin, a senior at Georgetown High School.
Martin, who volunteered at the event, said she knows all too well about being down.
When she was just 9-years-old her father suffered brain damage from an open heart surgery. She says it not only altered his personality but their entire family.
“I was really young when it happened and because he was depressed, it pushed me away and I couldn't understand it,” said Martin.
Martin says she too became depressed. She says she could not eat or sleep and that it affected her whole life.
That changed, she said, when a friend invited her to an event just like “Fields of Faith”.
“The more I got involved the easier it became for me to cope with everything that was happening,” said Martin.
That event Martin attended when she was younger was organized by Pastor Benji Wham, the same person behind Wednesday night's event.
Martin says without his help, she would have been lost.
“I would love to be able to help somebody like he helped me,” she said.
Martin says whether it is through a big event like “Fields of Faith” or just reaching out to someone in the stands and letting them know you are there, you can touch someone's life.