TBM building training center
___By Ken Camp
___Texas Baptist Communications
___DALLAS--Texas Baptist Men has received more than half the $1.05 million required to build a missions training center in east Dallas, and volunteer builders are slated to begin their phase of the work in mid-September.
___The men's mission and ministry organiziation has received $575,000 toward construction of the Robert Dixon Missions Training Center, named for the group's
longtime executive director who retired last October. That includes a $250,000 grant from the Meadows Foundation of Dallas.
|TEXAS BAPTIST MEN have begun work on a missions training center on the Buckner Baptist Benevolences campus in Dallas. An additional $475,000 is needed to complete the project.
___An additional $475,000 will be required to complete the facility, according to Wilton Davis, special projects vice president for Texas Baptist Men Builders.
___While Davis is still hoping for additional grants from charitable foundations, the majority of the project funding must come from individual Texas Baptists. Donors can make checks payable to "Texas Baptist Men" and mail them to 333 N. Washington, Dallas 75246-1798.
___The missions training center is being built on a four-and-one-half acre site on the Buckner Baptist Benevolences campus. Buckner has leased the site to Texas Baptist Men for 99 years at a rate of $1 per year.
___The 45,200-square-foot building will provide a garage where a fleet of disaster reliefvehicles can be stored and maintained, along with an office for the Forever Foundation and storage space for non-perishable food and other supplies.
___More significantly, the center will provide facilities where Texas Baptist Men can do hands-on training, orientation and debriefing of missions volunteers, according to Executive Director Jim Furgerson.
___Several volunteers spent hours pouring piers, tying steel and installing plumbing before a professional concrete crew started work on the building's foundation, pouring 65,000 square feet of concrete, Davis noted. Weldon Henry, a layman at First Baptist Church of Dallas, is serving as volunteer general superintendent for the building project.
___"Once we get the roof on, our volunteers can take over," Davis said. Volunteer builders will do all the interior work.
___The builders also plan to teach other volunteers how to lay concrete blocks for the building's exterior.
___"That's the way a lot of construction is done overseas," Furgerson noted. "In building this facility, volunteers will be receiving the necessary training to help us fill those international requests."
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