“In a recession, that’s amazing,” said Debbie Lascelles, Building Finance Chair of the project at Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in Lindale. “East Texans rallied in remarkable ways to see this building become a reality. So many people gave both large and small gifts as well as equipment, materials, and time. Many hosted gatherings for us to share the vision. What a caring and giving community we have in East Texas.”
The construction, which began in June 2011, is being continued on a cash basis. So far, the exterior of the facility and most of the interior drywall have been completed.
The organization, which trains Christian missionaries to be sent all over the world, still needs $900,000 to finish the building, and another $1.5 million to complete the parking lots, courtyard, landscaping, and remodeling of the current gymnasium, which is being renamed in honor of the Rev. David Wilkerson, who died in a car wreck in April. Wilkerson, a well-known author and minister, sold the land and facilities to YWAM in 1980.
“I think it is very fitting to honor David Wilkerson in this way,” said YWAM founder Leland Paris in the written release.
After the completion of a master plan several years ago, YWAM Tyler began the process of building the building, which houses a large industrial kitchen, dining hall, meeting hall, and two large classrooms.
The staff at YWAM Tyler has named this multipurpose building the Paris Fellowship Center in honor of Dr. Leland and Mrs. Fran Paris’ ongoing leadership.
“The future belongs to those who prepare for it,” said Chris Lascelles, who serves on the leadership team of YWAM Tyler, and is coordinating this building project, in a written release. “The mission of reaching the entire world with the Gospel is being accomplished at an ever-increasing rate. It is imperative that we position ourselves to accommodate the need for training that the season ahead requires.”