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  • How We CAN Make the World a Better Place

    By: Dustin Miller

    Everyone knows what the “Golden Rule” is, treat others the way you want to be treated. Simple enough right? If this rule has been engrained in our minds from such an early age, then why do we have such a hard time following it? Seriously, stop and think about that for a second. I am still waiting for you to stop and think about it! Why is it so difficult for us to treat others kindly or in the same way that we would want to be treated back? The goal of this article is to get out what FCA is trying to do now with the people currently in the organization. FCA’s mission is to present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. Fellowship of the church could be stretched as far as going out and treating people in an incredible and Godly way that blows people back. The challenge is expanding that group so that it can positively affect more people, which would lead to the world being a better place. I hope that all of you who read this article will either being to or continue to implement these values into your life. After you have begun this process, I would strongly encourage you to share this article, or share these core values with three people. If everyone single person shares it with three people, it will continue to multiply, and before you know it, you will have played a part in making the world a better place. You will be witness to living in a world where people treat another the way they want to be treated. And if people took the Christian value mentality, using some of the core values would make everyone a better person, even as Christians we work on this kind of thing everyday. Nobody is perfect, but by practicing some of these core values for not only Christians to live by, but for society to live by. These values, if implemented in a small grass roots movement could change the world, and for the better.

    Eight core values for everyone to live by: 1. GRACE- Giving people more than they deserve. Don’t be afraid to give somebody another chance, everyone is entitled to making mistakes every once in awhile. Treat others with grace and that grace will hit you in return at some point. 2. HOPE- This is not any promise from ever being harmed, but a value that establishes that GOD is always present. 3. FAITH- The way we get to an actual deep level of all and any relationships that we have. 4. LOVE- Loving unconditionally, even the ones who do not love you back, kind of like the expression, “Kill them with kindness”. 5. JUSTICE- FOR ALL PEOPLE! Not simply the individual! This is a construct that is in favor of those at a disadvantage. 6. JOY- It is extremely difficult to construct this concept into written “law” but acting with joy, this is an essential and necessary social value. Acting with joy in all things we do can demonstrate a more positive outlook on life, and you never know when this could be the difference maker for an individual. 7. SERVICE- There can be meaning found in serving others without expecting anything in return. It is taking out all the selfishness and taking away the self centeredness. The ironic part about this one, is that if you do your part and serve someone, hopefully they are practicing the same values and will serve you back. It will feel even better when you were not expecting it. 8. PEACE- Most people think this just means the absence of war or fighting, but it also needs to be a positive well-being. One must be at peace with himself before acting with peace towards others. Take the time to come to peace with yourself, you will be amazed at how it will change your life.

    FCA is trying to instill these values in it’s members, this organization is striving for the greater good. I am so proud and happy to say I am an active member in FCA on McDaniel College’s campus. I want to be the person who started this grassroots movement, which is called “FTGG” by the way and that is an acronym saying, “For The Greater Good”. So really take a good look at these values, implement them for yourself, and then share my movement #FTGG. Together you and I can make this world a better place, but it all has to start with the way we treat one another. Always remind yourself, treat others the way you would want to be treated.

  • Our Trip to East Asia!


    Our vision to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes is truly taking root. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes partners each of the 12 regions in the United States with an international 'Super Region'. The Mid-Atlantic region is partnered with East Asia.


    From February 19 - March 2, Ashli and I traveled to Bangkok, Thailand for the first ever East Asia Capacity Conference! We joined 9 other FCA Staff from the Mid-Atlantic, and 40 staff/partners from different parts of East Asia. In addition to the trainings on sports ministry through camps, huddles, community, fundraising, etc., we were rejuvenated by the relationships we developed with our East Asia teammates. We have some incredible, dynamic leaders who are making a great impact on this part of the world. Ashli and I also learned that approximately half of the staff from East Asia are serving in 'closed countries', places where you can be imprisoned because of your faith (some have experienced this personally).


    In 2011, I first felt God calling me to full time ministry. It was in Haiti on a dirt field, playing soccer with kids that didn't speak English; I realized the power of ministry through sports. God spoke to me in a similar way while in East Asia. Through stories of an FCA teammate developing relationships by playing soccer with 7 Muslim students every Sunday. Another FCA teammate who has been imprisoned 7 times because he is bold in his faith. Others who are faithfully serving in countries where less than 1% of the population are Christian. They are not always able to publicly verbalize their beliefs, but they are faithfully living out their relationship with Jesus through sports ministry.


    The last 4 days of our trip the Mid-Atlantic Staff split up and visited different staff throughout East Asia. Ashli and I went to Singapore with Reon (Singapore's Area Director) and his wife, Rosemary, who were incredible hosts. We saw the sites, ate the food, and got to see FCA in action. We visited 2 campuses, a coaches huddle, staff meeting, and  helped with a lacrosse clinic. Our biggest take-a-way was the amount of quality time we spent at each ministry. On average, it was 3 hours. The Coaches Huddle, for example, started with 2 hours of basketball, 30 minute small group/huddle time, then 1 hour for lunch together. That is how you build deep, authentic relationships! 


    I am extremely excited as this is just the beginning of the relationship between the Mid-Atlantic and East Asia. As of June 1, 2017, Mark Stephens will become the Regional International Coordinator and continue building upon this relationship and ministry partnership with East Asia. Carroll County FCA is honored to be a supporting partner of this growing ministry. Our local leadership board is discussing strategic ways that we can work together with our East Asia teammates, and we pray you join us!


    Thank you for your continued support. 




  • Welcome to FCA!


    We are beyond excited to announce that Britton Hastings is joining FCA Staff!


     Over a year ago Ashli and I, along with our staff and Leadership Board, began praying that God would call the right person to join us in going after this vision to transform Carroll County. Our prayers were answered last Friday when Britton accepted the position to become the Southern Carroll FCA Area Representative!


    Britton is a recent graduate from McDaniel College who brings a vibrant ministry background to FCA. Through high school and college, he has lead Young Life in many different capacities. When arriving on campus as a freshman football player at McDaniel, Britton helped establish and grow the first FCA Huddle, as well as leading an FCA Bible Study for male athletes. As a junior in college, Britton interned at Crossroads Community Church where he helped serve locally and abroad.


    While at McDaniel, Britton was instrumental in the life-change of his roommate and teammate, George. Britton invited George to FCA on campus as a freshman where George received his first bible and heard about Jesus clearly for the first time. George is now a key leader at McDaniel FCA and is leading service projects on campus through Operation Christmas Child. All because of the influence of a bold teammate.


    Britton will be going to FCA's National Support Center in Kansas City, MO from February 20-22 for training before he begins the fundraising process. Once fully funded, Britton will serve Southern Carroll County (Liberty, Century, South Carroll, the feeder middle schools, community teams, etc.). We are excited to watch how God uses Britton on these campuses and in this community!




    Why are you excited to join FCA Staff?
     "I have been working in the South part of Carroll County with Young Life at Century High School and South Carroll High School. That experience has given me a heart for that part of the county. Having a small taste of FCA in high school and then helping to start the FCA huddle at McDaniel College really made me interested in FCA. I had never been involved in a ministry that had a goal of reaching athletes and coaches specifically. I have been playing sports my entire life and feel called to full time ministry. Having a passion for both sports and middle and high school kids only makes sense for me to join the FCA family!"


    THE HASTINGS FILE

    Full Name
    Britton Marcus Hastings
    Birthday
    July 27, 1994
    Wife
    Morgan Hastings
    Hometown
    Shippensburg, PA
    College
    McDaniel College 2016
    Major
    Business Administration
    Minor
    Sports Management
    Sport
    Football - Wide Receiver
    Interests
    Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Hiking, Movies
    Favorite Food
    Tacos, Apple Pie & Ice Cream
    Bible Verse

    2 Cor. 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!”

    Interesting Fact
    Graduated from college in 3.5 years and got married 2 weeks later!
    Favorite Vacation
    Honeymoon in Punta Cana



    We would love to invite you to help Britton join FCA staff by supporting him on a monthly basis!

    Support Britton!


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