The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a faith-based sports ministry organization, has given away almost 200,000 copies of the Bible over this past year.
Incredibly, the FCA has distributed 190,832 Bibles this year and roughly 2.5 million Bibles worldwide over the past 15 years.
“Today, FCA is one of the largest distributors of Bibles in the world,” FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson said in a statement, according to the Christian Post. “The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 doesn’t only rally us, but it tells us to teach all who hear the message to obey.”
Williamson added that FCA’s evangelism strategy is simple: get people to read the Bible. “We use God’s playbook, the Holy Bible, to share the life-changing message of salvation,” he explained.
FCA has come under the spotlight in recent months for its stance defending Biblical marriage between one man and one woman. In November, popular restaurant chain Chick-fil-A announced it would no longer be including the organization in its list of charitable beneficiaries — a decision widely regarded as a pandering to the pro-LGBT crowd.
“We made multi-year commitments to both organizations and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018,” a representative for the Atlanta-based restaurant chain said in a statement at the time, noting the quick-service eatery will focus its philanthropy on “education, homelessness, and hunger.”
The FCA’s Statement of Faith addresses the issue of same-sex marriage head-on, declaring:
“We believe God’s design for sexual intimacy is to be expressed only within the context of marriage. God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.”
FCA was founded in 1954 by Eastern Oklahoma A&M basketball coach, Don McClanen,