No, Kevin Costner was not standing out in the cornfield saying, “If you build it, they will come”, but the dream of constructing a baseball diamond for the community has become reality for the Church of the Nazarene. There were no sightings of great players from the past like “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, or Joe Dimaggio. However, for over three years, the people of the Thornville campus of Together Ministries have been working to develop a strong outreach to their community — and now the day has come for the umpire to yell those familiar words, “PLAY BALL”.
Pastor Jonathan Barker reports that the response and support from the community has been a tremendous motivation for completing this project at “NO” or “VERY LITTLE” cost to the church. One grandmother in attendance at the first game played on the new field told Pastor Jonathan that she and her family would actually make their way to visit his church as a testimony of appreciation. Needless to say, the reality of this “Field of Dreams” mixes enthusiasm and mission to produce an exciting opportunity to impact that community with the love of Christ. These are definitely exciting days for this local church. The “first pitch” is only the beginning!