Speakers included Frank Reynoso, FCA staff member from New York City, along with Brian Harrell and Chad Degnan of FCA Middle Tennessee. Inspirational worship was led by North Star Church of Knoxville.
The action-packed weekend offered loads of food, fun, and fellowship with other believers. Spiritually FCA campers were treated to Bible teaching, testimonies, worship through singing, and small huddles, inviting those athletes to share their concerns and life stories in small groups were they talked about things they experienced in the chapel. Following the retreat, they could note on their forms if they made a First Time Commitment, a Recommitment, or if they were Unsure about their relationship with Christ. Those unsure were invited to speak with someone in further detail.
"It re-boosted my faith in God!" one athlete said, while another added, "It helped me to understand that I have more than one father figure." The most meaningful part of the camp some said was the last service altar call, the small huddles, and the "Pain &Passion" messages. Many noted that the camp helped them realize that they need to recommit their relationship with God. Several mentioned looking forward to next year's College Advance retreat.
Below are additional comments from some of the 21 athletes from MTSU who attended the event:
"College Advance made me think about myself, my faith, and what I want and need in my life," says Carolin, an athlete from Germany who plays soccer at MTSU. "Hearing the stories of the other students helped me understand their faith and made me appreciate what I have. These three days were very intense, but definitely helped me learn more about myself, and it got me one step closer to God."
"Camp this year was truly a life-changing experience for me," says Makila, a volleyball player at MTSU. "It reminded me that God's love is never-ending. Seeing so many people dedicated to serving God and ministering to us, as well as seeing so many kids truly seeking God was such a unique experience!"
"FCA camp this year really opened my eyes to the freedom that comes with worshipping Jesus and doing things for His glory," adds Amber, an MTSU soccer player. "I hope to continue learning about being fearless in Christ and trusting in the power of His name."
"I had a great time," says Katelynn, a fellow MTSU soccer player. "I learned a lot of valuable things that I want to continue to implement in my everyday life. I loved hearing people's testimonies and worshiping our Lord. I saw things in a new perspective, and I think they will help me continue with my journey with God. There were a lot of powerful moments where I could just feel God's presence in the room. It's definitely something I want to be a part of again!"
College Advance -- Always Advancing, Never Retreating!