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Life Stories: Dave Bowslaugh

Growing up on the farm in the Niagara area was amazing for Dave Bowslaugh. He had his parents and his 4 brothers with great ethics. Tons of great memories.

Everything changed when he started attending the city school. Dave was labelled as "big, dumb farm kid" and he was always getting into fights to prove or defend himself. After 5 days of school a week, he pleaded with his mother not to make him go to Sunday school. He offered to stay home and help clean up the house.

Dave started to watch the cartoons as he cleans the living room and then when the cartoons were done, he started to channel surf and David Mainse caught his eye. There was a peace, joy and gentleness about the relationship he can have with the Lord. So he began a prayer life and believed that God existed. David Mainse on 100 Huntley Street made it real that God really loved him.

In grade 9, he started wrestling. He became a competitive wrestler in high school and eventually representing Canada at a world junior's tournament - winning two bronze medals. Dave thought that it will change his identity, and make people look up to him. Yet it was quite the opposite. It simply invited more people to try to take a piece of him.

After high school, Dave turned down 2 wrestling scholarships due to his low self-esteem, got married and had 3 kids by the age of 23. He was still not satisfied at who he is as a person.

He fully gave his heart to God in a local Baptist church. That really made a huge difference in his belief system. Everything started to make sense. But after 20 years of marriage and a lot of unresolved marital issues, Dave left his wife.

During this period when he wasn't living right, he contemplated suicide. He ended up calling the Crossroads prayer lines and recommitted his heart to God. His life turned completely around as he met his wife Cheryl, and now he is a part time 100 Huntley Street prayer partner.

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