LOUISVILLE. KY—The Bowling Family will make a special appearance during the 2010 National Quartet Convention. Mike, Kelly and Terah plan to be in their booth (317) from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. They will also take the stage later that night. Doctors have released Mike and Kelly to travel to Louisville, KY, where the convention will be held, based on the limited two hour drive from Nashville, Tennessee, along with the support of family and caretakers being able to travel with them. This will be the first appearance for the Bowling Family since their horrible bus accident on July 1st near Charlotte, NC.
“When you feel as if your life is in the balance and everyday is a gift, you realize how real the grace of God is. After spending lots of hours with Him, I know the calling has not changed and is even stronger. I don’t remember the accident, but after seeing photographs and video footage of the bus, I have no doubt that God performed a miracle that day on I-85. Kelly and I have committed our lives to giving back to Him and telling of our miracle. The lyrics of our songs have become life to me and I can’t wait to sing them again,” Mike Bowling commented.
Kelly Bowling continued, “The day of the accident, I woke up to the sound of brakes squealing and felt the impact of the crash that broke my back. I immediately heard screams from the front lounge that I knew were my family, children and friends. After opening the door and seeing just how bad the scene was, never in a million years would I have believed we are all sitting here recovering and not one life was lost. The memories of that day will eventually fade, and as I look forward to that, I want to always remember what God has taught me through all of this. I know that satan had a plan that day, but God had a purpose! I now look at life so differently. I feel we have a new vision! The compassion and second chance given to us makes me want to wake up daily and help others. When you have cried yourself to sleep praying for your own healing, then you know how to pray with others about their situations. There is no way to express the honor I feel to know that ministry is my future. I am more excited than I have ever been, in my entire life, to return to ministry. I feel like there is a well bubbling up!”
“I know that the prayers of people changed the outcome of the situation. Through Facebook and Twitter, thousands and thousands of people were praying immediately. It is not the normal that changes people’s lives, it is the interruptions. It’s amazing how when times are tough and tragedy hits, people bind together and love conquers all. We have a new song to sing and when we get back on the road, it is going to be awesome! Our lives have been touched and I know God is going to allow us to touch others,” said Terah Penhollow.
“The Bowling Family accident has united the music community in a way I have never seen before. The support, love and generosity of people continues to amaze me. This should make every person involved in Christian music rejoice and be proud. The Beckie Simmons Agency is currently booking a limited number of dates beginning early next year for the Bowling Family,” added Beckie Simmons.