Advent Membership Appeal
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
Hebrews 11:1-2, NRSV
November 29, 2018
As we enter this Advent season of active waiting and patient expectation, I am struck by how aptly this season fits ICS in its current historic moment. This past year, with all its challenges and transitions, has also been a year of amazing grace, as well as anticipation of what God is doing—and has yet to do—through ICS.
You have journeyed with us throughout the year, sustaining ICS with your gifts and your prayers. Your sustenance has given us the courage to pursue ICS's mission in Christian higher education with the confidence that God will use our work to make something good out of “things that are not visible.”
For that we are enormously grateful to you!
I am constantly and delightfully surprised by the unanticipated ways God uses ICS for kingdom service. Unforeseen possibilities continually arise from the sidelines of our best laid strategic plans.
- A former student drops by to ask if ICS's research centre can help ministry leaders in the Christian Reformed Church better understand the way churchgoers understand the relationship between faith and justice
- A serendipitous conversation at a Christian educators’ conference eventually leads to the creation of a new MA stream to support Christian school teachers and principals in their innovative efforts to bring the gospel to bear throughout the curriculum.
We strive to remain sufficiently nimble to seize upon such opportunities to become covenant partners in our Maker’s restoring and creating work. The faithfulness of ICS’s supporters like you enables us to continue to scatter seeds of hope, in the faith that they may find fertile soil: we are already experiencing our move to Knox College as the blessing we hoped it would be; we continue to take partnering steps with The King’s University in Edmonton; and our MA (Philosophy) in Educational Leadership program has launched this fall with a small yet adventurous pioneer cohort.
In these and other efforts, we ask that you continue to stand with us, in faith, actively and expectantly waiting for God to reveal what we hope for, but do not yet see. Your financial gifts, together with your prayers and encouragement, will sustain our best efforts to make ICS a welcome home of learning for fellow wayfarers who wish their love of wisdom to be guided by the wisdom of God’s love, as they prepare to serve the world’s need for healing and God’s call for shalom.
Thank you, again, for your ongoing support. We feel it!
I wish you God’s rich blessings during this season, as together we learn how, in dark times, to nevertheless expect good news of great joy.
Yours in Christ,
Ronald A. Kuipers, President