This summer, Colin Lautenbach (Class of 2016) is interning at Illiana through VanDrunen Farms’ internship program, specifically with the Building Illiana campaign. When asked to express his story of what Illiana meant to him, here’s what he had to say:
“When I was given the opportunity to come back to Illiana to work with the Capital Campaign, I was excited because it is something I have a passion for. The new building may not be somewhere that I will attend, but it is somewhere that could shape and mold the future generations of Christ-followers in the Chicagoland area.
Illiana has had such a deep impact on my faith and has molded me into the person I am today. The community at Illiana is incredible and the friendships I created have been amazing. The building itself is not the most important aspect of the project. It is rather the vision that goes along with the new building. The vision is building the hearts and minds of our students for Jesus Christ. This has been seen vividly in my life: as a result of my Christian education, my heart and mind have been impacted through Jesus Christ. For example, just find another school that plays their rival team, but after joins together as brothers and sisters in Christ, to worship with one another at Praise Crowd. The teachers here deeply care and push us to better Christian morals through education. I could see this in my first year of college, as I felt well prepared for challenges in education, but also being on my own making decisions. Illiana shaped and molded me as a student, Christ-follower and person. I am excited to see the new building get put up because the impact it had on my life as a student, but also for the impact it will make on the future generations that attend there.”