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ALL IN: A bold two-year commitment to RADICAL GENEROSITY

By Scott Landon, Executive Director

As we near the last 100 days of our ALL IN journey, it’s a good time to remember the vision that launched us toward a new level of generosity—a focus on accelerating debt retirement to free up funds so we can grow our ministry to our church family, to our community, and to our world. At its heart, ALL IN was driven by our deep desire to strengthen our church and have a greater impact than ever on those who have not yet heard or responded to the life-changing message of the Gospel, both here in DuPage County and around the world.

We believe that God has called the whole church—young and old, single and married, those new to faith and longtime believers—to a lifelong journey of becoming and making disciples of Jesus Christ. The simple phrases of our mission answer the why of our giving as they capture what Jesus expressed in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission: to love God, to love others, and to share the Good News of the Gospel with all who will listen.

The Impact

Space does not allow us to enumerate all the things God is doing in and through our church and its ministries, or to tell all the stories of lives transformed—here and around the world—as a result of the faithful obedience of those who give to make these ministries possible. The update that follows recounts just some of what has happened as a result of God’s blessing and the generosity of His people.

ALL IN for OUR FAMILY

{Growing and equipping the individuals and families of our church to live Gospel-centered, mission-focused lives}

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  • Since ALL IN began, 172 men and women, students, and children have publicly proclaimed their new life in Christ by being baptized.
  • Children’s Ministry continues to grow, touching the lives of 1,400 boys and girls on Sunday mornings, and hundreds more through weeknight programs, including Wednesday-night Awana Clubs. And this summer, more than 1,200 kids learned about Jesus at Neighborhood Bible Clubs, including three Spanish clubs hosted by Iglesia del Pueblo families!
  • More than 450 men and women and children have found help and healing through Christ-centered support communities for those dealing with grief, divorce, substance abuse, sexual addictions, job loss, childhood abuse, and other significant challenges.

ALL IN for OUR WORLD

{Intentionally and strategically taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth}

franceALL IN giving has enabled our church to continue, and grow, our global partnerships, seeing our MOVE initiative engage with global immigrants in both France and Spain, and HOPE [Kenya] address dire holistic needs both in Nakuru (AIDS/poverty alleviation) and in the remote Turkana region of northeastern Kenya. And we continue to live out our commitment to global outreach by supporting nearly 100 missionary households serving in 40 countries on six continents—with twelve new missionaries commissioned over the months of ALL IN.

ALL IN for OUR COMMUNITY

{Fulfilling our mission to be salt and light in communities where we live}

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  • Puente del Pueblo is having a significant impact on the West Chicago community, through outreach at both Timber Lake and Main Park apartments. Our serving opportunities are growing exponentially, as more than 300 volunteers have invested their time and talent in after-school, summer, ESL tutoring programs,and more.
  • Ministry to single adults is exploding, with more than 200 adults ages 35+ active in Single Purpose, and a new group for younger singles, The Table, launching with nearly 100 participants.
  • Our Special Needs Ministry has seen an increase in both the number of families and the range of ages of the children, students, and young adults being served. We have responded with more staff, more volunteers, and more space to serve those with special needs in our community.
  • Iglesia del Pueblo has established community-based groups in seven regions—including two groups in West Chicago, as well as groups in Bolingbrook, Elgin, Franklin Park, Glendale Heights, and Naperville—with two new sites on the horizon. Nearly half of Iglesia’s congregation is now meeting during the week in the communities where they live!

ALL IN for DEBT REDUCTION

{Increasing ministry capacity through accelerated debt retirement}

With our giving up 25 percent over the twenty-one months of ALL IN, we have been able to pay $4,200,000 on our loan, which has already reduced our interest payments by $210,000 a year!

Where does that leave us so far in paying for our relocation? To date, we have paid for 77 percent of our new campus—our launching pad for ministry both here in DuPage County and around the world.

OUR OPPORTUNITY

{To live as never before and to give as never before}

We believe ALL IN will be remembered as a significant spiritual milestone for our church,
a time when we rose to the challenge to live lives of radical generosity. 

Let each of us be the kind of ALL IN Christ-follower the Bible describes. Look for ways to strengthen your church. Offer your gifts. Invest your time. Encourage others in your circle of influence to become involved in big ways.

May we ask God to develop our hearts as disciples and to allow His generosity to flow through us, serving His purposes and His plans, reaching more people with the Gospel, and seeing more lives transformed by its power.

Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.
Ephesians 2:20–21, NLT

Thank you for being part of what God is doing at Wheaton Bible Church. Would you ask Him what He would have you give over the coming months to help us finish strong?

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 7.51.14 PMOur God-sized goal is $30 million.
With four months remaining, our goal is reachable. We want to finish strong and continue to join God in what He is doing.

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