Cam Pak

From YouVersion to OurTechnology • 6 min read

Challenging and encouraging people to seek intimacy with God everyday.

That's what we did at YouVersion.

Here's a letter I wrote to the YouVersion team before being honorably sent off:

Hey YV fam,

I have some bittersweet news. There is a change coming to a Pak household near you...

I'm about to begin a new journey, using skills I've learned here at YouVersion, to focus on creating digital tools to help resource the homeless and lead them towards restoration in the name of Jesus.

If you know me, you know that I love Jesus, tech, and people.

Homelessness is a situation that can lead someone believe some of the worst things about themselves. It's such visible oppression, pain, and suffering. While I don't know what it's like to be on the streets, I do know what it feels like to believe lies about myself and to fear that my life wouldn't last long (due to sickness).

When I heard about OurTechnology in Dallas, a Jesus-rooted tech company with a heart mission to bring restoration to the homeless, I instantly felt an clear direction from the Holy Spirit that I was to be part of it. So, I applied. And through God's grace and direction, I was offered the job.

Next is the bittersweet part.

"We give up things we love for things we love even more." I love YouVersion and the friends and family I've made through the past ~6 years at YV and LC (fun fact: I used to work in the IT department).

It was you who believed in me and saw the best in me. It was you who reminded me of my God-given identity when I didn't believe that I was enough. It was you who prayed for me and fed me when I was bed-ridden sick for around 7 months last year. "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me [Jesus]." Matthew 25:40 NIV. I am the father, husband, child of God, programmer, designer that I am today... because of you.

At YV, I had a goal of making the best internal tooling experiences in the history of YV to better meet the needs of our internal members and Partners. And, through years of hard work, learning, and continuous collaboration, we brought that vision to reality. I believe that if you take care of the household, your love and hard work can multiply further.

The good thing is that we're not moving! The role I accepted is remote. We will still be in the great city of Edmond, OK. Many of you reading this will see Hannah, baby Bennett, and I every weekend at BNB or even at LifeGroup. Hannah will continue to lead and step into her God-given space at the Ministry Education team on Life.Church.

The calling stays the same, but sometimes the assignment/placement changes.

I am better because of you, and I hope that you are better and closer to Jesus because of the life I've led.

— from Cam Pak, your brother in Christ

The page would turn 📄

About a year or more ago, I felt a strong impression in my heart that God was telling me the page would be turning for me at YouVersion. It was clear with a tangibly felt promise that He would be there the entire process. I thought I'd be working at YouVersion and/or Life.Church my entire life, but God had different, better plans.

"The page was turning?"

I asked God to help me know without a shadow of doubt when it was time, so that I do not hop ship thinking I'm following a promise and end up running away from something versus running to something. Even then I felt that I'd genuinely know when it's time.

I had no reason to work elsewhere. I had just transitioned from being a full-time web dev on the team to becoming a product designer, to be just one step closer to the end-user. And, I loved being able to contribute to such a great mission with my talents and skillset.

So, what do you do when you have a yet to be fulfilled promise from God?

You show up. You work hard. You continue to be present where you are. You do what you can, with what you have, where you're at. Can you trust God that He's enough for today? Can you trust God that his promise in Proverbs 16:3 is true? "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."

God doesn't operate in my timing.

Did I trust well the entire time? No. Did I try to force God's will at different times? Yes, I thought maybe He wanted me to steer the ship. Did I waste time and energy by worrying about what God meant, even when He was clear as glass? Yes. I didn't handle it perfectly.

Yet, I'm so thankful for God's correction and grace, as well as so thankful for my wife keeping me level-headed. It took a while for Hannah to see with clarity the promise that God had given me, and that's okay. Honestly I'm thankful God gave us the word in advance to prepare my heart for when it was time.

I'm convinced that God wouldn't give me more pieces to the puzzle until I was fully surrendered to him and content where I was at.

It was in the midst of contentment, surrender to God, and stepping into meaningful things that I was introduced to OurTechnology (where I now get to work). It's a reminder to me that to accomplish the will of God in my life, I need to be reliant on God and His people.

"Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see." Hebrews 11:1 NLT

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." Proverbs 3:5, 6 NLT

And the wildest thing... My workload, for the first time in the history of ever at YouVersion, was shrinking and shrinking. I had finished designing for almost every solution we were planning for. That has never happened. There's always something to work on because there's still so much more work to do …in a good way. But my workload was dwindling at the perfect time that I met OurTechnology. The beauty of that is YouVersion wouldn't be in any bind if I transitioned to the next area God has for me.

It all led up to me having this rich, deep desire to finish strong and to be sent out honorably in the name of Jesus. And, that happened.

Another wild thing is that God was restoring my love for writing code again. In my free time in the early mornings I'd get idea after idea for projects that could solve a deep need in the church. One example of that is making a tool that gives out beautiful and simple church websites for free, called Melos.Church. Another example is helping people like you and me memorize scripture together through a tool called the Malachi Daily App (this was in partnership with the wonderful Malachi Daily team).

God was preparing me to be ready to step into what's next with OurTechnology as a Full Stack Design Engineer (yep, design and code!).

I will forever cherish my time working at YouVersion. The people, the projects, the ideas, the experiences, etc. All of the things.

I am who I am today because of the people of YouVersion.

Onwards toward OurTechnology

I am so excited to be part of such an amazing mission to help bring restoration in the name of Jesus to the homeless and to empower the ministries and people who serve them.

Justin, my new boss, is a man filled with compassion, vision, and heart. I'm so excited to learn underneath his leadership and to work hard to see the mission of OurTechnology fulfilled.

I do not deserve to be here, but God saw something in me and trained me up for such a time as this. The right response is simple obedience. Onwards toward OurTechnology ➡️

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