Campus Relocation Project Update
February 23, 2015
Dear friends and ministry partners,
In recent months, many of you have prayed along with the leadership team and Camino Board of Director’s for God’s provision and clarity related to the proposed relocation of our offices from east Dallas to Richardson for a shared services and ministry alliance with Christar. We were asking the Lord for the provision of significant funds for this project.
Recently we gathered the home office staff to share the news that we will not be moving forward with the relocation plan. The Camino board made this decision at their February meeting, the first board meeting of 2015.
When the Board – along with myself and the executive leadership team of Camino Global – embarked on this process of discernment last year, we had one clear desire: to know God’s heart in this matter and to follow Him where He was leading Camino.
After much work, prayer, and presenting this project to Camino partners and new friends of the mission, the project funding goals were not met. While some generous financial partners DID give to the project, the total funds raised are insufficient to move forward. God’s answer was very clear — an investment of this magnitude was simply not possible, and not the right decision for the mission at this time.
It has become clear that this is a door that God is closing. And yet, this is exactly what we asked God to do. More than a year ago, we sensed a strong open door. And we bathed the process in much prayer before beginning to explore that door. We prayed “Lord, if you are in this, please provide the confirmation and the resources needed for it to happen; and if not, please close the door in a clear way.”
I am so grateful when God’s answers are clear. While you may think that discouragement would be the natural reaction, just the opposite is true in this case. I am encouraged by His clear direction, for the opportunities that clarity provides, and for His bountiful provision in so many other ways.
I am grateful for the heart of collaboration demonstrated by our very good friends at Christar. While this will mean we will not be in the same building, and will not share services the way we had envisioned, there remain a variety of good ways we can partner for the sake of the gospel. Pray with us as we explore those ideas in the weeks and months to come.
Additionally, we praise the Lord for the 4 acres of paid-for property God has given us on La Prada Drive. Pray with us as we explore ideas and options for improvements on our current campus. No announcement here, just an invitation for you to join me in praying as we envision how to be the best stewards of the resources and facilities God has already given us.
I am grateful for your involvement in Camino through giving and going, and through prayer. Thank you for walking with us in this journey. We look forward to seeing what God will do as He continues to work through Camino in this our 125th year.
Your fellow servant,
Did you know? In Spanish, "Camino" means "journey, way or path."