2020 Advent Appeal
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Jesus Christ came into the world over 2000 years ago, yet each Advent we prepare ourselves to receive him anew. Every Advent we look forward, not back. There is something wonderful about this spiritual exercise, something that gets at the difference between the gospel’s time and our time. It reminds us that Christ comes to us in each moment, and that each moment presents us with the possibility of walking in his healing way.
When we walk that path, we follow our Messiah’s call to live into a different world and prepare for a different, transformed future. Living into that future, we are promised, will make the possibility of redemption real to us now, and will help us shape a world of justice and peace for those who come after us.
As we live into God’s future, then, we also leave a legacy. Like a boat cutting into unknown water, we leave a wake that marks a path for those who come after us. As we let ourselves be guided by Jesus, our morning star, we trust that this path will also guide others to safe harbour.
With this understanding of legacy in mind, we have chosen to include our autumn issue of Perspective, celebrating the legacy of Hendrik Hart, at the bottom of this Advent letter. We do so at a time when Henk has entered into palliative care and is preparing for the end of his life on earth. This is a fitting moment, then, to celebrate with gratitude the path Henk has charted, the very same path we at ICS continue to follow.
Indeed, Henk has given us much to be thankful for. In addition to his enduring legacy at ICS, he has also recently made a living bequest of $100,000 to support ICS’s mission in Christian higher education. With humble thanks we receive Henk’s gift, as well as the many other legacy gifts we continue to receive, which add blessing upon blessing to the generosity of all the supporters who include ICS in their tithing practice.
In order to recognize Henk’s legacy, this year we would like to give you the opportunity to renew your support with a special gift in his honour. You can donate online via CanadaHelps. If you're in the US, you can use this Friends of ICS page and donate via PayPal. If you have any questions about donating in Henk's honour, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us--either at 416-979-2331 x223 or toll free at 1-888-326-5347 x223
Your gift will allow us to pay forward, in many different ways, all the gifts that we have received from Henk. Thank you for your wonderful support, which enables us to chart a path in Christian education that keeps its sights on Jesus, our morning star.
I wish you God’s shalom, and pray that you have a restorative and safe Christmas!