After many years of dreaming, praying and planning for a new gym – a multi-purpose athletics and recreation center on the Holsby campus – the long-awaited time to build has come! This will be the first new building in the history of our Torchbearers Center, which began in 1973 with some huge steps of faith. As we walk in similar footsteps – believing God for a structure that will provide opportunities and encouragement in both the physical and spiritual areas of life – we are excited to see how He has guided us throughout the preparation phases. Please take the time to scroll down and check out all the details!
The name “Brunnshallen” combines a common word used for a sporting facility here in Sweden (“hallen”) with the history of Holsby and the location of the gym near our historic well (“brunn”). It is this well that gave the village of Holsbybrunn its name, and now we are excited to bring further attention to it through a facility that will invite our local community to be refreshed physically as well as spiritually.
During the planning stages of this project, we recognized a number of needs beyond just having a gymnasium. Though we couldn’t fit everything we wanted into this facility, we feel the plans we have meet many of our essential needs as we seek to better accommodate students, our summer groups and the local community. Click on the tabs for more details concerning each of the areas within the gym.
Having presence in the lives of people is at the heart of why we want to build Brunnshallen. We need a place where we can more regularly interact with the local community. Our students need a place where they can expend some energy together, especially during the dark winter months. Our basketball team needs a place to train and to welcome local teams, not only for the competition, but for the relationship building that sport provides. Our guests and campers need a place where their short stay here will be all the more enhanced through fun and meaningful activities together.
Brunnshallen will be located below the chapel and overlooking the historic brunn (well), that gave the village of Holsbybrunn its name. It will be easily accessible to the local community and only a few steps away for those staying on our campus.
The construction company we have chosen is Axel Andersson and Son. This local firm has had considerable experience in building sports facilities, including the professional bandy and innebandy arenas in Vetlanda.
The construction costs will total approximately USD 1.5 million. Additional funds will be needed to add technology and digital audio-visual equipment, to furnish the multi-purpose spaces and to outfit the weightlifting and bouldering rooms.