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We hope that the stories and updates here give you insight into what God is doing in our area through our staff, coaches, athletes and volunteers and help connect our FCA community in our western region as well a statewide, nationally and even internationally.
That is why...
To equip and empower our FCA community in Western Wyoming, we would like to share with you an overview of the last thirty years this sports ministry:
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Starting up Wyoming FCA
In the beginning, several volunteers had already begun faithfully serving and leading huddles on their own in Wyoming. Because of their investment, much of the groundwork had been laid for the first staff, Jim Hamilton with his hiring and by the time Wyoming FCA became officially organized in 1989.
Still, there was still more room for development. Jim saw the potential FCA had to become a sustainable ministry to coaches and athletes in Wyoming. With the help of his staff, Jim made lasting connections with donors willing to invest in FCA's vision and volunteers ready to get involved with FCA's mission.
(He even braved many blizzards and an encounter with his car and a cow to keep sharing FCA's vision)
One of those volunteers, we are incredibly thankful for is Jim Horn.
Here is an excerpt from his FCA story shared in our Recent State Huddle Connection Newsletter:
I became involved in FCA to a limited extent in high school. One of my football coaches was the huddle leader and I went to FCA mostly because there was food. I look back and am glad I went because I knew about FCA.... [years later] I came to Casper to teach and coach in 1982. Still was not close to God. [Then], My wife Lynne and I made a decision to accept Jesus in 1986.
If I recall the right year, it was the fall of 1989 when a person that I had not met came to our house. Turns out this person was Wyoming State Director of FCA, Jim Hamilton Jim asked me if I was interested in starting a FCA huddle at Kelly Walsh High school. I accepted that invitation from God through Jim and made it happen.
That was a step of faith for me and I have been blessed to have taken it.
To read more about Jim Horn's FCA story, go here.
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Wyoming FCA Through the Years
Over the course of the next 30 years, Wyoming Fellowship of Christian Athletes would strengthen and grow to reach every corner of our windy state, under Jim Hamilton and his dedicated staff and later, under Ernie Mecca and his committed team.
And FCA's vision continues to impact over 34,000 athletes and coaches, 120 campuses and 70 towns in Wyoming!
Watch this Video "Let it Burn"
Feel Free to Check out Last Year's Recap of Wyoming FCA by Aaron Frude, University of Wyoming FCA Director.
Meet Wyoming FCA Team Now Serving:
Ernie Mecca - Eastern Wyoming Multi-Area Director
Jim Hamilton - Wester Wyoming Multi-Area Director
Aaron and Stacy Frude - University of Wyoming Director
Cameron Groteluschen - Powder River Basin Staff
Cody Bordewyk - Laramie County Staff
Take a look at what has been happening in Wyoming FCA over the past few decades:
Established team, coaches, multi sport huddles
NOW! Power camps
Former Events with guest speakers such as Tom Landry
NOW! Golf Tournaments
Sports camp in Powell Wyoming
NOW! Sports camp in Spearfish, SD
Campers sent to Estes Park, Oregon, Washington
CONTINUED! Game Day with UW
NOW! International FCA Opportunities
Moreover, in between all these events and organized meetings, so many memories and stories exist like Jim Horn about how they encountered Jesus through FCA. We hope that we can share more of these stories in future posts!
Today in Western Wyoming
Recently returning to Green River Basin, with his wife and his son's family, after a stint in Missouri and Texas. It feels like a full circle for Jim. And, it certainly feels like coming home.
Here is an excerpt from a local press release, written by Jim's daughter and published in the Sublette Magazine in 2016:
.… In Sublette county and surrounding regions, FCA's impact has exponentially grown thank to the outstanding board of directors from the communities, exceptional leadership among Sublette athletes and coancs and the arrival of Area Director Jim Hamilton and his wife Tina.
...FCA aims to impact Sublette county and Wyoming though principles involving Biblical character development, making connections, and helping communities.... FCA aims to affect schools across their state through rechign out to their athleteic programs. This includes over 34,000 athletes and coaches, 120 campuses and 70 towns in Wyoming.
To read this article in full, click or tap here.
Today, as the Multi-Area Director of Western Wyoming FCA, Jim Hamilton envisions an even stronger FCA community connected by all these stories of transformation and teamwork in Christ.
As a certified 3D coach, Jim also sees the new vison and strategy of FCA "To and Through the Coach" as a quintessential part of effectively serving his area.
With 1,1004 coaches and counting in Western Wyoming, the opportunity to expand FCA's coaches ministry has become a pivotal direction for Jim's team.
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Posted on Thu, February 21, 2019
by Lindsey Lawson filed under