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LIBRARY & GYM PROJECT

$656,762.73

FROM THE PRESIDENT OF ABC

Dear Friend,

 

Thank you for your past support of Ambassador Baptist College. Many local churches and friends have partnered with us through the years to train God’s servants for God’s service.

 

This school year, we have the opportunity to improve our campus in an amazing way that will better serve our students. We have outgrown our current library, and our gymnasium needs some renovations for both safety and comfort. God has given us the facilities and the manpower to make these strides, but we will need the financial support of friends to make this a reality.

 

Would you take the time to read about these needs? Ask the Lord to give us wisdom to be good stewards of our facilities and finances so we can do the best job of training the next generation of preachers and Christian workers. Join me in praying that God will raise up more laborers for the harvest.

 

Your prayers and support would be much appreciated as we enter our 35th year of training “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

 

With a grateful heart,

Alton Beal

President

From Shelby to Lattimore
When the college made the move from Shelby to Lattimore in 1997, it was a step of faith. Going from a rented campus to one of our own was a dream come true. After purchasing the core campus for $150,000, the college invested another $1.6 million to renovate the campus, purchase adjacent properties, and move modular trailers for temporary dormitory space. While the facilities needed more work, they were adequate for a young college to start a spring semester. The first graduating class in the Lattimore campus received their degrees in May of 1997.
 
The Kennedy Library Was Born
The Reva Kennedy Library was born years ago when a 2,100 square foot segment was walled off from the gymnasium to create a space for a library. The new library was a vast improvement over the original one located at the Shelby campus. Founding faculty member Mary Frances Rosenau took the assorted libraries that were donated to the college and assembled a respectable offering of theological, historical, and practical works for our students to use in their research. More than 25 years ago, this library had extra shelving, plenty of space, and new furniture to accommodate the studying of the students. As the years progressed, more theological libraries were donated and high-speed internet access was added to meet the growing demands of the student body. The library has been an important and valuable resource for our students as they prepare for the Lord’s work.
 
Growing Pains For The Library

Through the years, the library has experienced some major growing pains. New shelving was added to accommodate the growing number of books, and now there is no more space available for new books. The college has stopped receiving book donations because thousands of titles are boxed and in storage waiting to be displayed. Also, the proximity to the gym makes studying on nights when there are activities or league games a challenge because whistles and cheering can be heard through the single wall that separates the gym and the library. It is not uncommon for students to use ear plugs or study elsewhere during those activities. These growing pains have driven us to consider relocating the library.
 
A New Home For The Library

The college owns a 5,000 square foot facility located on Main Street in Lattimore that has been used primarily for storage. After putting a new roof on the facility, plans have been drawn to remodel it and convert it into a new library. This move will more than double the space of the current library, allow the college to provide more resources, and give our student adequate space to study in a quiet setting. Estimated cost: $350,000
 
The Levin Activity Center

Named after Evangelist Paul Levin, the 4,200 square foot Levin Activity Center houses the college gymnasium and fitness rooms. Throughout the school year, it is used to house league sporting events for volleyball and basketball. It is also used for banquets, missions conference, and our annual Rekindle Youth Conference.

 

The basketball court is sized for elementary age children and has carpet that is more than 30 years old. Events held in the facility in late spring and late summer are sometimes uncomfortable because of the lack of air conditioning. There is no more room to expand for special meetings like missions conference and Rekindle.
 
The Expansion Of The Levin Activity Center

The current library is separated from the gymnasium by a large, non-load bearing wall. By removing this wall, the gymnasium can be expanded by a third making the activity center more than 6,000 square feet. Because of age of the facility, it needs a new roof, air-conditioning, new flooring, and renovated bathrooms. Estimated cost: $400,000

THE KENNEDY LIBRARY WAS BORN

The Reva Kennedy Library was born years ago when a 2,100 square foot segment was walled off from the gymnasium to create a space for a library. The new library was a vast improvement over the original one located at the Shelby campus. Founding faculty member Mary Frances Rosenau took the assorted libraries that were donated to the college and assembled a respectable offering of theological, historical, and practical works for our students to use in their research. More than 25 years ago, this library had extra shelving, plenty of space, and new furniture to accommodate the studying of the students. As the years progressed, more theological libraries were donated and high-speed internet access was added to meet the growing demands of the student body. The library has been an important and valuable resource for our students as they prepare for the Lord’s work.

FROM SHELBY TO LATTIMORE

When the college made the move from Shelby to Lattimore in 1997, it was a step of faith. Going from a rented campus to one of our own was a dream come true. After purchasing the core campus for $150,000, the college invested another $1.6 million to renovate the campus, purchase adjacent properties, and move modular trailers for temporary dormitory space. While the facilities needed more work, they were adequate for a young college to start a spring semester. The first graduating class in the Lattimore campus received their degrees in May of 1997.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The renovation of these facilities is vital to the purpose of Ambassador Baptist College. The Lord has started providing for the needs of the project, and we believe now is the time to do it. We are praying that God will provide $350,000 by February of 2024 so the library phase can be completed by May. We are asking the Lord to provide the remaining $400,000 by May so the gymnasium phase can be completed by August before the start of the 2024-25 school year.

Help Us Train God’s Servants For God’s Service In These Ways:

PRAY: Ambassador would not be in existence without the prayers of God’s people. 

VISIT: Prospective students and pastors visit our campus throughout the year. Come to Lattimore and see firsthand what God is doing in our midst.

GIVE: We could not train preachers and Christian workers without the financial support of local churches and friends like you. Your monetary gifts allow us to keep tuition at an affordable rate and provide quality facilities and faculty for our students.

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Ambassador Baptist College

PO Box 158

Lattimore, NC 28089

704-434-0303

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A NEW HOME FOR THE LIBRARY

The college owns a 5,000 square foot facility located on Main Street in Lattimore that has been used primarily for storage. After putting a new roof on the facility, plans have been drawn to remodel it and convert it into a new library. This move will more than double the space of the current library, allow the college to provide more resources, and give our student adequate space to study in a quiet setting. Estimated cost: $350,000

GROWING PAINS FROM LIBRARY

Through the years, the library has experienced some major growing pains. New shelving was added to accommodate the growing number of books, and now there is no more space available for new books. The college has stopped receiving book donations because thousands of titles are boxed and in storage waiting to be displayed. Also, the proximity to the gym makes studying on nights when there are activities or league games a challenge because whistles and cheering can be heard through the single wall that separates the gym and the library. It is not uncommon for students to use ear plugs or study elsewhere during those activities. These growing pains have driven us to consider relocating the library.

THE EXPANSION OF THE LEVIN ACTIVITY CENTER

The current library is separated from the gymnasium by a large, non-load bearing wall. By removing this wall, the gymnasium can be expanded by a third making the activity center more than 6,000 square feet. Because of age of the facility, it needs a new roof, air-conditioning, new flooring, and renovated bathrooms. Estimated cost: $400,000

THE LEVIN ACTIVITY CENTER

Named after Evangelist Paul Levin, the 4,200 square foot Levin Activity Center houses the college gymnasium and fitness rooms. Throughout the school year, it is used to house league sporting events for volleyball and basketball. It is also used for banquets, missions conference, and our annual Rekindle Youth Conference.

 

The basketball court is sized for elementary age children and has carpet that is more than 30 years old. Events held in the facility in late spring and late summer are sometimes uncomfortable because of the lack of air conditioning. There is no more room to expand for special meetings like missions conference and Rekindle.

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