As I sit down to write this column I do so with a great deal of joy and satisfaction. Along with these emotions there is also a bit of fear and trepidation.
Let me start off by telling those of you who may not be familiar with FCA what this organization is all about.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is an international organization dedicated to mentoring and discipling athletic coaches in junior high schools, high schools and colleges around the world.
There are approximately 1,500 full-time FCA staff members in the United States. The vision of this ministry is to help influence coaches for Christ so they can then share that with the kids they coach. This ministry has been very successful for many decades.
I have been on the professional end of the outdoor industry for 40 years now. That includes, but has not been limited to, professional hunting and fishing guiding, serving on a number of national manufacturer pro staffs, five years with my own outdoor TV series, eight years with my own syndicated outdoor radio show, a dozen weekly newspaper columns, four monthly periodical columns, several blogs, and I have published two books.
About 25 years ago God lead me to share my outdoor expertise and talents for His glory and I started my personal outdoor ministry. Since then I have spoken at hundreds of churches, men’s groups and wild game dinners across the country.
This ministry has grown dramatically, lives have been changed and I have been able to plant outdoor ministries in many of the churches where I have spoken.
About 18 months ago I was introduced to FCA through one of their local outdoor fundraisers. I went to an FCA pheasant hunt in Morgan County and actually got to hunt with former St. Louis Cardinal relief pitcher Todd Worrell, who is on staff with FCA.