Asbury Tumblers jam April 18-19
By Morgan Schutters, a sophomore from Berea, Ky.
WILMORE, Ky. — The Asbury College Tumbling Team culminates their Spring Tour with Jym Jam on April 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Luce Center. Admission is free and all ages are encouraged to attend.
The team traveled to several venues in North Carolina and Lexington, Ky., to perform 12 shows in six days during spring break. The team toured to schools, churches and an assisted living facility. With each location the team visited, they had to remain flexible and modified their show to fit each place. Rachel Wellons ’10 of Sumter, S.C., said, “I learned that you never know what to expect when arriving at a location, but in the end, God will make things happen the way he wants, so we do not need to worry.”
Despite the challenges the team faced, Kensi Techau ’11 of Cynthiana, Ky., said, “I gained so much from the trip! I had the opportunity to speak to a group of 300 middle schoolers, about being secure in who they are. It was a public school, so I was not able to verbalize Christ's love for them, but hopefully through the way we interacted as a team, and just our attitudes and positive message spoke to them.”
After visiting and performing a modified show for residents at Canton Christian Convalescent Care Center, Wellons, said, “Talking with the elderly, singing Hymns, praying with them, and seeing the smiles on their faces was a blessing from God.”
Team captain Ryan Jacobi ’08 of Molino, Fla., enjoyed the camaraderie the team shares through the season. He said the team grew spiritually and emotionally during the season, which makes it especially hard to see it coming to an end. “I have been so blessed this year just to see how the team has taken care of each other, challenged and encouraged each other, drawn together to support individuals in tough times and just really share the love of God with everyone on and off the mat,” he said.
Founded in 1965, the Asbury College Tumbling Team is an outreach ministry team of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). This unique ministry uses a combination of gymnastics, acrobatic stunts, and mini-trampoline work in one-hour exhibitions to fulfill its mission of witnessing for Christ through gymnastics. The team is available to perform for churches, schools, and other community organizations during their spring break each year.