Zac Harris, or Pastor Harris to some, discovered a high school campus has many opportunities to interact with people who don’t know Christ. “The key to evangelism in high school boils down to relationships,” he said.
Helping others during a time of trouble is one of the reasons Zac joined the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program as a freshman at Green Hope High. “To know God and make Him known is the mission for the school’s FCA,” said Zac, now a junior and president of the program.
It was around this time last year, when FCA students reached out to Green Hope sophomore Nathan Tew who was being treated for leukemia at Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center.
Brandon Tew, Nathan’s triplet brother, didn’t understand why FCA members Emilie Mathura and Bryan Thomason came to Nathan’s hospital room.
“Why would they possibly care about my life? Little did I know they would become the most important and influential people in my life,” Brandon recalled.
His brother’s illness and death last April drew Brandon closer to God. “I saw how these people were acting and started to live for God,” he said.
Living for God and wanting to do more is what inspired Zac to join a mission trip to India. After delivering a message on Zacchaeus before thousands in Hyderabad, Zac realized he was doing what God wanted in his life.
The decision to become a pastor began when Zac was in sixth grade. “The turning point came when my parents separated,” he said. “Great men of God came to walk beside me. I am who I am today because people loved me.”
Kasey Butler, one of Zac’s mentors, said it has been rewarding to be a part of Zac’s life. “Zac is constantly looking for ways to pass on the love shown to him by those who have invested in his life. Whether he’s preaching the gospel to hundreds of youth in India or leading a small group Bible study for his high school’s FCA, Zac brings the same passion to sharing his love for Christ.”
Zac wants others to know that a Christian life doesn't mean you can’t have fun. Fellowship can happen when you work on a car, organize a day at the park or visiting with a fellow student in the hospital.
Faith Filter Published February 1, 2012 in The Cary News
Picture credit: Zac Harris
FCA: Most high school campuses have a FCA group, for more information, visit: http://www.northcarolinafca.org/triangle
Zac’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/jesusthoughts
Liza is the Faith Filter columnist for the Cary News. Her stories of faith and lives changed by trusting in God are published about four times a year.