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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
High school students across the United States gathered Wednesday on fields everywhere to host their own "Fields of Faith" annual celebration.
"I feel that God has called me to a higher purpose than just going to church on Sundays and Wednesdays, just bible study activities pretty much," said Barbe High School junior Grant Phillips. "I'm called to do something higher than that, to really spread to word and to really make disciples."
Students involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes called their fellow classmates to the field to share their faith.
"I love to just share the Lord with people," said Barbe junior Lauren Hixson. "This is just a great opportunity for me to share the Lord with a bunch of people and use the gift that God has given me which is speaking."
Schools all over the Lake Area held their own event, including Barbe High, Sulphur High and Iowa High. But even though they stood on different fields, they had the same mission.
"Trying to change the culture of the lake area," Phillips said.
Many students spoke about their own lives, including Hixson. She admitted to battling with depression and an eating disorder before turning her life around. She encouraged others to do the same, but she says it's not easy thing to do.
"Being rejected," Hixson said. "Being a Christian in high school is hard, because people are like 'oh you're a Christian, that's not cool.' But yes, being a Christian is cool."
The students attended the event on their own accord. No clubs or classes required them to be there. Phillips says the turnout was encouraging.
"Not only high school, in pretty much our culture today, does not smile upon Christians," said Phillips. "We're not in a culture where living by Christ is the favored life. It's a culture that is driven by an American dream, to get what's yours and not worry about other people."
This was the third annual "Fields of Faith" to be held at Barbe High School.