ABILENE, Texas - Students, their family and friends, church groups and even some people who they have never met made the trip to Shotwell Stadium on Wednesday for "Fields of Faith," a chance to come together to worship God.
The Abilene event is the largest in the nation, and it started with just 1,500 people. Wednesday night, more than 7,500 attended.
"All youth groups of different churches, different denominations brings them all in one place to worship God, get to know each other, let them know they're not alone in their highschools and really bring everybody in the community together," youth pastor Jared Ellis said.
The event, which started eight years ago, just keeps growing.
"It's amazing, it's overwhelming. I get choked up just talking about it. It gets me every year. It's just neat to see this many kids and this many grown ups wanting to come out and worship the Lord under the stars," said Lisa Coleman, area representative for Big Country FCA.
Students at the event said the night reminds them they can always turn to their faith.
"It's been such an important role in my life -- and it's helped me through the hard times and the good times," Wylie High School student Sterling Bristow said.
While Fields of Faith in Abilene is the biggest in the nation, other similar gatherings have popped up in nearby areas. This year, Sweetwater will be having one, and there are already Fields of Faith events in Big Spring, Brownwood and San Angelo.
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