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.
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.
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.
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?