We are crowded on the campus of DTS-Houston. Our students pack our parking lot and spill into the street in order to take in their seminary classes. There are times when we have more classes than available classrooms.
Those crowded moments force us to borrow a room from a neighboring college across the street. Multiple locations work if they are established sites, but temporary accommodations always leads to confusion. I had to steer a lost student in the right direction.
Our busy students are often full-time employees some where in the vast city of Houston. They bolt for the door and fight traffic for miles in order to arrive for their classes on time. It makes for an exciting environment of expectation, fulfillment and deep satisfaction.
At the same time these “good problems” are frustrating. A facility should always serve the ministry, never hamper it. With that in mind we have worked hard to find new classroom space.
Our plans to renovate a second building across the parking lot was the perfect solution. The architect produced four classrooms with accordion partitions for a versatile facility. Everyone was thrilled.
With the four new classrooms we could then take two of our old classrooms, renovate them for our growing library and we would be golden for a couple of years. At least we could stretch out and again feel that the facility was serving the ministry and not getting in the way. That relief was foremost on all of our minds.
Construction, even build-out of an existing building costs money. Our Advancement people went to work. God’s generous people responded and all of the funds were raised. Everyone was ecstatic.
Next, the only barrier in the way was the government issued building permits. Did you shudder? Maybe you cringed.
It took some time. There were several dashed hopes. A few times we were discouraged and wondered if the permits would ever be released.
Suddenly, unexpectantly even surprisingly word came that the permits had been issued. We were stunned. The workers were busily buzzing around the building and making construction happen.
Supplies had been delivered. Walls were being erected. Highly motivated after waiting for so long the construction is in high gear. We are jazzed!
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