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I just got back from popping into one of the more unusual ministries at Grace.  It’s our Grace LAN Party.  (Yes, it’s after 2 a.m.  I popped in around 1 a.m.)

A LAN is a local area network.  Periodically, a group of video gamers from around the area converge on our facility to convert our high school and middle school rooms into an video game combat zone.

You’ll find PCs, X-Boxes, Sony Playstations, and even one of the newer Nintendo Wiis.  (People can wear themselves out on those things shadow-boxing, pitching a 90 MPH fastball, or playing tennis.)

This ministry is the creative brainchild of a good friend of mine, Gary LaFreniere.  (The picture is from the peak of 14,336-foot Mt. La Plata in Colorado.)  Gary’s passion for Christ, boundless energy, excellent organizational skills, and desire to see people impacted for God’s kingdom is infectious.

He is helping our video gaming community to build new relationships in the church, while intentionally seeking to build bridges to people who are disconnected from, and often disinterested with, church in general.  (Community events like this are the reason we built our facility in the first place!)

Tonight, he even helped our own Kristy Peterson raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by raffling off a new Nintendo Wii.

Way to go, Gary!