Foundations for Nations eager to serve more people with new facilities

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 11:04 AM CDT
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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Foundations for Nations, a ministry and church that has operated in Riverton for four years, has always intended on building facilities on the reservation.

On May 1st, they broke ground between Riverton and Arapahoe. The pastor, Sarah Lucas, said the reason this eight year long vision has come to fruition, is that God has not forgotten about this community.

Pastor Sam Abbott, who was Jason and Sarah Lucas’ pastor when they were first inspired to start a ministry on the reservation stated, “Most of her life, this has been a vision, what we’re seeing here is the fulfillment of a vision. She was raised out here. Her mom and dad were missionaries here in the Riverton area, had a great love for the Arapahoe, Shoshone Indians. Even when she moved back to Indiana, that passion never left her.”

The 15,000 square foot church and rec center will be free to the community, with tutoring, after school programs, an indoor gym, workout center, and a learning center.

Abbott explained, “I really believe that the ministry center here is going to provide hope for a lot of young people who are going to go out into their young adult and adult life and now there’s going to be a sense that I can make it, and I can do something with the love of people, and the love of God.”

Lucas added that this is just the beginning for all that is planned. Once the church and rec center are built, they have hopes for a domestic violence shelter and a youth shelter on the property as well.

“We’re even debt free going into our church build, so we’re just so thankful that God has given us the church, the body of Christ that believes in this. This weekend is a kickoff weekend for greater things to come,” Lucas emphasized.

The projected finished date will be in about 12 to 18 months, and the facility is located at 20 Mission Road between Arapahoe and Riverton.

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