Front page: Swan sculpture goes on market; booths for sale
By Mac Overton
BIG SANDY, Texas--The
owner of the property that for 33 years was the campus of Ambassador
College (which became a university in 1994) wants to sell the metal
swan sculpture that graces the area in front of the administration
Ron Fuhrman of
Big Sandy, director of Air-Land Emergency Response Team (ALERT),
which has owned the grounds since Dec. 31, 2001, said ALERT would
like to sell the sculpture and other items and wonders if anyone
among the Churches of God would be interested in buying it.
The asking price
for Swan in Flight, created by English sculptor David Wynne and
added to the grounds in 1970, is $300,000. But, said Mr. Fuhrman,
ALERT will entertain lower offers.
Church of God sold the property in 2000 to the Green Family Trust,
owner of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., of Oklahoma City, for an undisclosed
Green in turn
leased it to the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a nonprofit
educational and service ministry based in Oak Brook, Ill., headed
by Bill Gothard. The Big Sandy acquisition joined about 50 other
IBLP schools in several states.
formally transferred Dec. 31, 2001, from Green to the IBLP, of which
ALERT is a department.
Mr. Fuhrman said
ALERT and the campus will soon become a "stand-alone"
operation of the IBLP.
oriented ALERT trains young men in "tent-maker" skills,
said Mr. Fuhrman, that include "survival skills, medical and
fire training." He said that, "unless the Lord moves us
on," ALERT is a permanent fixture on the Big Sandy landscape.
Also for sale
are several "booths," the small metal buildings that served
as student residences on the section of campus known by Ambassador
students as Booth City.
ALERT also wants
to sell timber that would be cut from wooded parts of the sprawling
Mr. Fuhrman said
when ALERT sells the swan sculpture it will throw in a small model
of the larger sculpture made by the same artist at no extra charge.
Neither the IBLP
nor ALERT is a church, but both groups are openly religious. Mr.
Fuhrman described ALERT as "conservative fundamentalist theologically."
Most of the young men in the training program on the campus attend
local Sunday-observing churches, mostly Baptist.
To make ALERT
an offer for the sculpture or other items, including booths and
timber, contact Mr. Fuhrman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone
or write Mr. Fuhrman or Mel Cohen at (903) 636-2000.
Or write Mr. Fuhrman
or Mr. Cohen in care of ALERT, One Academy Blvd., Big Sandy, Texas
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