Membership Appeal

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds,
not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,
but encouraging one another,
and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

—Hebrews 10:24-25

November 22, 2021

Dear Friends,

What does it mean to wait for the Messiah? This question comes into sharper focus during Advent, when we spiritually prepare ourselves for the new beginning that is the birth of Jesus, the awaited Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection marks the fulfillment of God’s promise to heal, repair, and transform the world. And as we live in the unfolding time of this fulfilled promise, we orient ourselves toward the Day we can now see approaching, if we squint hard enough, the day when God dwells fully and finally with us, wiping every tear from every eye (Revelation 21:4).

As we await and expect this approaching Day, the passage in Hebrews quoted above counsels us to meet together and encourage one another—even to “provoke” each other to love and good deeds! This passage rallies us, then, to embody today the Day that has not yet arrived, to see the possibility of God’s coming shalom already in our midst, and do whatever we can, with Christ’s constant help, to make it real.

ICS is a school that encourages learners to share and enact this empowering hope, a school that shapes hearts to desire healing for all the brokenness we find in the world today, and, beyond that, for the fruition of the vast potential of God’s good creation. We take seriously the call to create an encouraging meeting space for those who seek God’s wisdom for this task, a place that provokes and inspires such audacious hope.

In the pages of ICS’s fall 2021 issue of Perspective magazine, you will hear stories from several new ICS students sharing their reasons for wanting to study at our school. Their stories clearly indicate the high expectations they have for ICS to provide precisely the kind of learning environment that nurtures such redemptive hope, a hope which they can share with the world. Thanks to you, our community of support, we can and will meet their expectations. Thank you for faithfully sharing this task with us!

Together, we can do even more. As we now see the seeds that we have planted at ICS over the past several years become seedlings peaking through the soil, their potential to become strong, mature plants is coming into view. Your ongoing encouragement, prayers, and financial gifts will ensure that ICS continues to strengthen and grow, providing vital support to our mission to encourage and provoke all those who wish to follow our Messiah as, together, we await and approach God’s coming Day with new hope and energy.

I wish you and yours our Messiah’s shalom this Advent season!

Ronald A. Kuipers,