When KMM opened up the Lee County Recreational Center’s Bowling Center in November of 2007, we made the decision to close on Wednesday Nights and Sundays so that we would not be competing with local churches. There are enough things going on that pull at our youth and adults to keep them from attending church. At the same time, one of our goals has always been to be a tool for the local church to use bring people in to hear about Jesus. So, when approached by churches we make exceptions to our closed rule and open up for various outreaches that a church wants to do.
Yesterday, Erin and I were blessed to open up on a normally closed for our church’s youth group to come out for a monthly youth activity. A whole van load of kids from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Powell County came out and joined us for a fun afternoon of cosmic bowling to the latest contemporary Christian music and Christmas music, and eating lots of pizza. We had a great time being able to let the kids enjoy the bowling and fellowshipping with the other youth leaders who brought the kids. As I made lunch for everyone and watched the joy that this outing was bringing to our students, I was reminded of how thankful I am to be part of a ministry that uses sports and recreation as a tool to bring others to Christ. And to be able to be an extension for our local churches to use is just another huge blessing.
Please keep the ministries of the Lee County Recreational Center in your prayers. Pray that more churches in our area will take advantage of our facility for their outreaches. Most importantly, keep praying that whether through Church outreaches or through our own Rec Center Outreaches, that we will be able to share Jesus with many more people!