December 8, 2005 at 5:56 a.m.
Most new homes in developments aren’t started on such a grand scale that involves gold-painted shovels and a pastor blessing the project, but this is no ordinary home.
Bulldozers and contractors will soon begin moving dirt at the home as part of a fundraiser for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) North Metro chapter.
North Metro representative Ron Backes teamed up with local home builder Jerry Thompson of J. Thompson homes, based in Wyoming, to build the home.
Backes talked with local developers and found one who agreed to donate half the value of the lot in the new development on CR 19. Thompson signed up to donate his own time to work on the house, as well as going out to solicit donations of labor and materials from local businesses and contractors.
After Pastor Ron Berget from Lakes Free Church offered prayers and blessings on the project, the first shovels-full of dirt were moved by Backes and Thompson, along with invited guests Chisago Lakes coach and teacher Tom Tengwall, students Kristen Tengwall and Catlin Cunningham, Wade Carlson and state FCA representatives Randy Jensen and Mark Moksnes. Carlson, a member of the Chisago Lakes School Board, is working with Backes to start a local FCA chapter to further the efforts of the North Metro FCA office.
The end result will be a home that will be in line with the pricing and styles of the other homes in the development. Profits from the sale will then be put into the local FCA chapter, which Backes represents from his Lindstrom office.
The FCA works with local coaches, schools and athletic organizations to teach people to play with character and heart and improve relationships with God.
A construction start date is not set, but Backes said he is hopeful work on the foundation will start soon. He added that the project is still seeking donations of materials and labor, and any assistance would be welcome. Call (651) 257-4791 for more information.