Weatherford Democrat


November 27, 2009

Capernaum in Texas

Guinn Sweet

“And they (Jesus and His disciples) went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day He entered into the synagogue and taught…whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.” Mark 1:21, Luke 4:23, KJV, Holy Bible.

There is a Capernaum in North Texas, in Parker County, less than 10 miles from Weatherford, “A First Century Village” it is said. A Texas wife and mother dreamed a dream for many years, and it has finally come to fruition on a 100-acre hillside, near Peaster. Traveling on Farm-to-Market Road 920 north from Weatherford, a lighted sign can be seen, backed by a large statuary representing Jesus surrounded by cherubim. This sign proclaims the location of the Texas Capernaum.

Tammy Lane is the dreamer and the dream is a replica biblical-style city used as the setting for “shooting” Christian films and videos. Lane’s journey began when she told her dream to a church friend, Theresa Davidson. Together, they formulated the dream into reality, over the past five or six years, having completed two structures as background for filming short films at this point. Among the initial work of Ms. Lane’s infant film company were seven biblical short films done in 2004.

With this activity quickly becoming a viable ministry, Lane and her husband and children decided to create a reality-type film which would reveal spiritual and physical needs in third world countries. They put priority on filming visits to orphanages and poverty-stricken areas of Africa and India, as well as a leper colony on the sub-continent of India, as the focus of two films, entitled “Missions: Africa” and “Missions: India.” The family was accompanied by a crew of seven to eight assistants – all Christian men and credited filmmakers.

The scene was bound to enlarge. A little more than a year ago, a Korean sculptor, Yon Sim Pak, died after completing a large number of Christian-themed sculptures. After his passing, his family sought a place where the work of their father might be preserved, and possibly displayed. By good fortune, and God’s obvious direction, the statuary was obtained by Tammy Lane Productions, and the dream took wing. The primary focus, that of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, remained firm, but the use of the land and filming facilities was altered.

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