Klamath Falls, Ore. – A crowd of nearly 300 was on hand to open the new Gospel Mission in Klamath Falls.
Executive Director Kent Berry says he’s excited to have a new building. “Today is a fantastic day to be standing in a new facility, and we have worked so hard since 2010 to pull together.”
The new Gospel Mission features a men’s dorm, a women’s dorm, and a kitchen and chapel area.
The new building replaces an old facility on Walnut Avenue that’s been serving the community a long time.
“In addition to the ribbon cutting, we’re celebrating 60 years.” Points out Berry. “This ministry began in 1958.”
Berry adds the move from the old building will take place over the next few weeks. “First of all, we will have our annual Thanksgiving meal here, November the 22nd, Thanksgiving day – and then we’ll officially move in after the first of December.”
The Gospel Mission is one of the first residents of a new social services campus being developed on the property.
The 2.7 million dollar construction costs were raised through an extensive community campaign.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.