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Category Archives: Tales from Training Centers

Forced Instability

2 August 2011, 00:15



I spent two full years working at the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) headquarters, living in housing provided by IBLP. Unlike many of the students, this was not my first time living away from home. I had lived in the dorms during my four years of college, so the lifestyle accommodations required by campus […]

Dividing Sister and Brother

27 July 2011, 12:45



The cardinal rule for those who live and work at Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) training centers is that unmarried persons of opposite genders do not mix. They especially do not “single each other out” or show any form of affection to one another. In some ways, this is perfectly understandable: you can hardly […]

Work Parties

26 July 2011, 12:15



Stacks of Paper to be assembled

Some of my most vivid memories from my times at IBLP Headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, center around “work parties.” For those who aren’t familiar with this oxymoronic term,  a “work party” is when a bunch of students “volunteer” to work after hours on a specific project so that it can be completed on deadline. […]

Minor Hazards of Fuel Stops

26 July 2011, 00:15



gas pump

I spent three years working at the Riverfront Character Inn in a variety of positions. When I compare my training center experiences to those of friends and other students whom I have talked to, I believe that mine was one of the better ones. God used my time there to grow me and stretch me […]

Children Leading Children

24 July 2011, 20:00



Sometimes I wonder if those who were in charge at the various training centers really thought about what they were doing when they put young people “in charge” of other young people. I know that age does not always matter when it comes to authority and respect, but it can sometimes be very important. There […]