bowling for the first time…

Kids bowling for the first time...

Kids bowling for the first time…

When the Rec Center was just an idea a few years back, one of the things we really wanted to do was provide a fun place with thing to do that you just couldn’t do anywhere else around us. At that time the nearest bowling alley was around an hour away, or maybe a little less depending on how you drive. Many people in our community had either rarely been bowling or never at all. The church I attended at that time took their students bowling once a year and that was really the only time I ever bowled. So, over the past few years as the Rec Center has been open with our bowling lanes one of the things I have really enjoyed is getting to see kids’ faces light up as they roll that bowling ball for the first time.

This morning I was surprised with bowling group from a small nearby Christian school. Most if not all of the students had never bowled before. I couldn’t help but smile as I saw them get excited to just knock one pin down, and even more excited if someone got a strike. Unlike some of the competitive leagues they were cheering each other on and chanting each other’s names in encouragement. It was a truly precious sight.

Our main goal here at the Rec Center is to use bowling and other recreation as a tool to bring in people for various outreaches and to build relationships to be able to share the Gospel. It’s been great to have the opportunity to do that and to see the joy in our kids faces. God has truly blessed us!

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