We did it!!! That sentiment rings true for not only the Building Illiana Campaign, but also for the Chicago Cubs. Now, I must be clear, I am not a Cubs fan. However, I see some similarities between what they accomplished last night and our capital campaign.
Three months ago, we started the matching gift campaign with $3,000,000 in matching gifts. We not only hit this goal yesterday, we surpassed it by over $300,000! That brings our total for the Building Illiana Campaign to $19,869,705! We are also making every effort to identify another donor to match the additional gifts received above the $3,000,000. We are grateful today for everyone who has donated, pledged, prayed, and supported the campaign in so many different ways. God has truly blessed us! We have enjoyed hearing the different stories of what people are giving and why. My favorite stories of the week include the two current Illiana students who gave $850 and $1,000 of their own money. Person after person told us stories about what Illiana means to them and how God used their years at Illiana to mold and shape them into the people they are today and how they desire the same for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It is inspiring to see the faithfulness of God’s people as it points us to Jesus who is always faithful and promises to always love us.
Now on to the north side of Chicago where the Cubs clinched the division last night. Congrats to all the Cubbie faithful! They are celebrating today much like we are. But over the last few days, the Cubs have been very clear that even though they will celebrate the division for a day, they still have a lot of work to do. They will not be satisfied until they win a World Series. (As a Sox fan I could say something here, but I won’t.) We feel the same way with the Building Illiana campaign. We are celebrating today, but we are not going to stop fundraising until the new campus is built and paid for. While we are exceedingly grateful for the outpouring of support from all of our people and meeting our monumental goal, we know our task is not finished. Just like the Cubs, we still have work to do, but we do it with confidence and excitement. We ask for your continued prayers as we strive together to build the hearts and minds of God’s children.
Stay tuned for some important information regarding the campaign and the upcoming association meeting on Monday, October 10, where we will ask the association for approval to begin “Building Illiana.”