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We have just started our final semester at our current campus. The new campus building project is progressing on time. This is an exciting time in the history of Illiana Christian High School. As we still sit in this season of gratitude for what God has done through this community, I want to address two things. (I apologize in advance – this blog is long. But please read it to the end as there is some important information for you to know.)

First: The Break

As we met our goal for the ARC, we will be taking a break from fundraising for a while. But what does that mean? Here’s a Q & A to address your questions:

What does it mean to be on a “break” from fundraising?

We will not be actively asking for money on a weekly basis. However, you will still receive updates on the campaign and building progress. We will continue to follow up with you regarding your pledges and gifts.

What if I still want to make a donation?

Great question! As you know, we have finished fundraising for Phase One and the ARC. But our campus is not complete. We have alternates to the project planned and need the funds to add these. These alternates mostly consist of outdoor athletic facilities, but also include furniture and a few other technological needs in the school. In the next few weeks, we will be posting a “wish list” and if you have a passion for any of these, we would love to have a conversation with you.

So I am not going to get any more calls, emails, or mail from Illiana asking for money?

Well, that is not completely true. We are taking a break from fundraising for the Capital Campaign. We will continue to have the annual school fundraisers like the Annual Fund Drive for the General Fund and the Pancake Pacer, Golf Outing and Auction for the Athletic Department.

How long will the break last?

We don’t know. As previously mentioned, we still have needs to make the new campus a fully functional high school. However, this break will last for a while as we all get excited about this new chapter in the history of Illiana Christian High School.

Second: The Tours

As mentioned last week, we will be holding tours of the new building over the next few months. Not only will you be able to see the project, but it will give you the opportunity to ask questions. There is always a lot of misinformation out there and this will give you the chance to get answers directly from the source. While I may not be able to answer every question, I can find the answers. I will deal with any question you have…big and small. We want you to be informed and would love to clear up any concerns you may have. The tours will also provide the opportunity to gather together to pray over the campus. We will pray for the hearts and minds of our current and future students. We will give thanks to God for blessing the project. We will pray for everyone involved. We want our new house to be a house of prayer.

The following dates have been selected for guided tours of the new campus:
January 27
February 24
March 17
April 28
May 19

The tours will begin at 10:00 AM. Please park in the parking lot by the construction trailers off of 109th Street. Coffee and donut holes will be provided. Please remember this is an active construction site. Please dress appropriately (including close-toed shoes). We do not recommend bringing small children for the tour. If for some reason we have to cancel one of these tours based on weather, we will send an email and post it to our social media accounts.

Finally, thank you again. That is one thing you are going to hear from me nearly every post. We have been asking for money for years, so we are going to thank you for years. Thanks for your commitment and passion for growing the hearts and minds of these kids for Jesus Christ.

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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