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Thank you to everyone who came out to the building tour last Saturday! There is a lot to be excited about and it was especially good to see so many middle school kids join us for the tour.

Yesterday, a senior student asked to talk to me regarding two questions he had. First he said to me, “I know you are busy with all the stuff for the new building and I want to help. Are there any financial needs for the new building that I can help with?” I was taken aback at first, but then we talked for a while and I listed a number of different things that we are still looking to fund. The student picked one of those things and said, “I want to give to that,” and then gave me a phenomenal gift. I was so inspired by this student who gave way beyond his capacity. I was speechless. He, like so many of you, have given and sacrificed so much to make this project a reality. Thank you again for responding so generously to the needs of our school.

The student’s second question was, “I am leaving in a couple days, what is one piece of advice you can give me.” Wow. That is a loaded question to ask of a teacher and pastor. However, because of what had just happened, my advice to him was to continue to bless others because we have been so blessed by God. This student has encouraged and blessed me so much this year and I thank him for being a blessing in my life.

That idea of being a blessing has really stuck with me. All of you have been a blessing to this community. God has given us so much. Wouldn’t it be cool if we all committed to being more of a blessing to each other? I would love for this new building to be a place where we continue to share his blessings with each other. I encourage you to bless each other with grace, forgiveness, love, encouragement, kindness and compassion because that is what Jesus has done for us. You are all a blessing to me and I thank you for your commitment to the hearts and minds of these kids.

Lance is a 1995 graduate of Illiana. He is currently the Vision Director and Director of Spiritual Development at Illiana. He and his wife have two daughters who attend Crown Point Christian School. They live in St. John, IN, and are members of Faith Church.
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