How do you celebrate the end of a school term with a bunch of teens on a cold stormy night? Go tenpin bowling, of course!
(Lawn bowling is very popular here in New Zealand, so I must always make the distinction by referring to "Tenpin" bowling.)
As I reflect on all the fun memories created with the Rock Solid kids, I can't help but think of the individuals in Tonga with whom I will be in just a few days, whose reality is quite different. Many of the young people at the Mango Tree Respite Centre may never know what it feels like to launch a bowling ball from their hands or dart around on two strong legs playing laser tag. For some of them, the freedom to jump, twirl and play is replaced by a wheelchair navigated by a loving parent. Sharing a plate of hot chips with friends looks more like being spoon-fed or relying on a tube to deliver your daily nutrition.
Please continue to pray for our team and those with whom we will work in Tonga. 3 more days until departure!