I just got back from traveling overseas for a week and while I am still suffering from jet lag, there are a few thoughts I wanted to share with all of you while they are fresh on my mind. There are so many things I could focus on like food, water, the ability to practice our faith freely, but I will hit those later. Today oddly enough, I want to focus on a parking lot. While I was driving in parts of Spain and Gibraltar, I realized what amazing roads and parking lots we have here in America. At one point while navigating the streets of Gibraltar that in many areas are no bigger than a one lane, I hit a dead end and had to do a 43-point turn to get out. I got lost a few times and almost hit about 15 things including a monkey. In addition to the crazy roads, Spain has very small parking lots. You could barely fit a car into these places and trying to get out was a disaster. I got stuck in one parking garage for a while and I didn’t find any parking lot that was easy to get in and out of. I failed to realize the incredible amount of space we have here in this country when it comes to our roads and parking lots.
So I know what you might be thinking. You come back from Spain and you want to talk about roads and parking lots. What does that have to do with the Building Illiana campaign? Well thanks to some generous donors and people in our community, we have the beginning of a parking lot on our property! I stopped by it first thing this morning and it was a little surreal to be on the property with my car. For the few minutes I stood there I thought again about how this parking lot already had more space than most of the ones I spent last week struggling in. But more than that, I thought about how blessed we are to be living in this community. This parking lot is only a small step in the Building Illiana project but it represents way more than that. It represents all of our hard work at building the hearts and minds of our kids. It represents progress. It represents a place where people can go and park their cars on the place where hearts and minds are going to be molded and shaped by Jesus Christ. So I am thankful for parking lots. I am thankful for roads. I am thankful for this community and their commitment to Christian Education. I am thankful for each person who has been a part of the Building Illiana Campaign. I am glad to be back home and driving on our roads and parking in nice parking lots. However, as the school year rapidly approaches, I am excited to get back to work on not only the Building Illiana campaign, but also the building of the hearts of our kids.
Also, one quick note on our next prayer meeting at the property. Next week Tuesday, we are going to change the time from 8:30am to 6:30pm. We would love to have you join us as we pray for our kids and the future of Illiana!