(Arapahoe, WY) – Foundations for Nations Ministries broke ground May 1st on a new facility which will be home to a recreation center and church located at 20 Mission Road in Arapahoe.
Once completed in approximately 12 to 18 months, youth will be able to ride the school bus to the center for after-school programming and then at 5:30 pm, the Foundations for Nations bus will take them home.
This 15,000 sq. ft. building will house an indoor gym, playground and workout center as well as dedicated space for learning. The gym will then be transformed into a sanctuary for church services.
“There is nothing like this out here,” shared Sarah Lucas, Foundations for Nations co-founder and pastor. “I would love to hear kids say that is where I found my hope.”
Sarah along with her husband and co-founder Jason Lucas, celebrated their fourth year of serving the Wind River Reservation last week. This building has been something they have wanted to do since the beginning.
“We knew moving out here four years ago we were going to build it,” Sarah explained. “Planning really started two years ago and we had planned to break ground last year, but COVID set us back.”
This $1.5M project is completely debt-free thanks to big investors, she shared. Church members, missionaries and community volunteers are all dedicating their time and labor to building this new facility.
Missionaries will begin arriving next week and throughout the summer to assist with both the building and Foundations for Nations free 7-week Summer Kids Club Vacation Bible School.
Community members wishing to help with the construction, are encouraged to reach out to Foundations for Nations via Facebook or calling either Sara at (219) 307-1457 or Jason at (307) 840-0623.
Future area development is also in the pipeline, according to Sarah. They have eventual plans to create a faith-based domestic violence shelter and youth home on neighboring property.