We posted a new flyover video of the new campus today. You can view the video here. In the video, you are able to see the outline of the building, the classroom wing, the commons and gyms. You can even see in the corner where Ozinga started to pour the footings for the building. I thought about footings as I drove by the project on my way to work this morning and I turned north at Shoe Corner and the pun was not lost on me. Over the years as we have built our churches, schools and other important buildings, we have focused on the cornerstone as the important symbol of the building. I am not trying to diminish that, but under the cornerstone is the footings. The footings are the very base that holds everything up. If you have poor footings, the whole building is in trouble including the cornerstone.
As we pour the footings for the new building, I am reminded that every day at Illiana we are pouring footings. We are trying to build that rock solid base in each one of our students. That rock solid base is Jesus Christ. I have been involved in the Building Illiana Campaign for a year now and it has been a really fun year. However, everywhere I go and every meeting I have, I always emphasize our greater purpose and mission: building the hearts and minds of our students for Jesus Christ. I think we forget that too often. There is so much at stake when it comes to our children and we all need to be working together to pour solid footings. So as you watch the video and look at the pictures of the footings and the building, please say a prayer for the hearts of our students. Please say a prayer for the minds of our students. Please say prayer for our graduates next week that the footings that we have all poured together remain solid as they go off to college and the workplace. Please say prayer for Illiana. We don’t all have to agree on everything we do, but we can all agree that the number one footing in our life needs to be a ferocious love for Jesus Christ. We can rest in the grace and love of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Side Note: Please continue to like and share last week’s Facebook post from Anthony Drost! There is a really fun challenge in there.