Texas Ho!

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The decision has been made. Last week it was officially announced that IBLP will be relocating its headquarters from Chicago to Big Sandy, Texas. The trends over the last 15 years have shown that the ministry has more properties than it currently needs, and after much prayer and consideration it was decided that it would be a financially strategic move to consolidate with the ALERT campus down in Texas. While not unexpected, the move will still be quite a change for all of us.
Everyone gathers to hear the news
Our family has many memories with the ministry here, going back to Donald’s first invitation to the Headquarters in 1994. This is also where Robert met Kendalyn and started their growing family. Esther, James, Jonathan and I have spent time here in more recent years, and we all look back with gratefulness on the staff training sessions, memorable Christmas Conferences, invigorating volleyball matches, productive days in the office, trips to the Pacific Garden Mission, hymn sings, and many other delightful staff gatherings.
Precious Days Together
Picnic on the Lake
Easter at Robert & Kendalyn's
God miraculously provided the Oak Brook property for the Institute back in 1969, and since then groups and delegations from all over the world have come seeking practical instruction on how to apply Scriptural principles to every aspect of life. While this brings a chapter of IBLP’s history to a close, the vision of introducing people to Jesus Christ and providing families, churches, businesses, and nations with Biblical training on how to find true success in life remains unchanged. The Lord has worked mightily in the past and we are excited about what He has for the future. We are all one body in Christ (1 Cor. 12), and as each member looks to the Head and follows His leading we know He has great things in store for each one.
"Shall he not care for you also?"
Brook Manor
Heritage Bridge
Yes, it will be an adventure working alongside a training program such as ALERT. (Just ask Jonathan, who received his Emergency Rescue Training there!) But it will also be an opportunity for mutual strength and encouragement as we labor together for the kingdom of God. And besides, isn’t everything better in Texas?


  1. James September 16, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    This is definitely a change that will take some time to get adjusted to! It never once crossed my mind (until recently of course) that HQ would ever relocate. But I’m sure God’s hand is in it and all the factors have been considered for such a big decision. Onward and upward!

  2. Crystal September 21, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

    The Lord definitely gives us different seasons. That IS a huge change.

    Sounds like y’all are going to need a cowboy hat and cowboy boots. 🙂 Maybe brush up on those lasso skills. Round ’em up ‘n move ’em out!

  3. Linda September 24, 2015 at 2:58 am #

    Our family lives just north of Houston, Texas in a town called Spring. We are excited about your news of the move. You will all be most welcomed here to Texas!!

  4. Becky M. February 16, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

    Will everyone who worked at the Chicago headquarters be able to transfer their jobs to the new location in Texas?

  5. James February 17, 2016 at 11:11 pm #

    Thankfully, many of them will be able to, but not everyone has chosen to do so.

  6. Elizabeth March 27, 2016 at 4:21 am #

    Goodness, I have only just seen this news. I am sure the Lord has grand plans for all of you as you enter this new season in your lives.

    Will all of you be going to Texas? I am thinking Michael’s poor bees may not like the heat!

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