There has been a lot of excitement around Illiana the last several months and this excitement was on full display on Saturday as hundreds of people gathered for the dedication ceremony for the new campus. In addition to the obvious energy surrounding the new building, the passion for Christian education was also on display. I referenced this on Saturday, but it has continued to be on my heart lately.
I often get asked what I enjoyed most about being involved in the Building Illiana project over the last few years. I could mention several things, but the most significant part has been watching the community rally around Christian education. Over the last two years and countless meetings, emails, blog posts, breakfasts, dinners and events, one thing has been made so clear to me: Christian education matters. We live in a day and age where Christian school enrollment is declining and the commitment to Christian education is waning. Many people ask themselves if the sacrifice is worth it. This community has responded with a resounding, “Yes!” Yes, it is worth it. Yes, it matters. Yes, our kids matter. And most importantly, yes, Jesus matters. What I have observed over the last two years is a community that not only values Christian education, but is also willing to sacrifice to see it grow and become even better. The new facilities we have built for the purpose of Christian education are phenomenal.
However, as awesome as these new facilities are, they don’t hold a candle to the impact we can have on the hearts and minds of your kids and grandkids. Every dollar given to this building contributes to building the hearts and minds of our students for Jesus Christ as we give these kids the foundation of the gospel. You cannot put a price tag on that. I know that we all want our kids to get a great education but in the end of the day, most importantly, we want them to know Jesus. I am so proud to be part of a community that values that. Thank you for your partnership in teaching our kids about our amazing Savior Jesus Christ.