Engagement with the world has been a hallmark of Wheaton’s mission since its first president, Jonathan Blanchard, praised the College’s strategic location near Chicago, the gateway between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, the nexus between Europe and Asia.
As never before, President Blanchard’s vision of Christ’s kingdom—wonderfully vast and complex, like his God—must be realized by redoubling our efforts to fund the work of both sending students around the globe and bringing representatives of our global neighbors to Wheaton. The College’s Center for Global and Experiential Learning (GEL) is a centralized hub for everything from the Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) and international study programs to scholar exchanges and student research abroad. Such opportunities and exchanges foster the development of intercultural competency—a priority for graduates who not only care about the world and its problems but who also have the skills and real-world experience to help solve them.
From the Heart, For the Kingdom will help Wheaton maintain its historic values while translating them into the present world context. Now, more than ever, we need investors like you who understand Wheaton’s commitment to serving the global church because it reflects the very diverse composition of Christ’s kingdom.
Cross-cultural understanding develops an alternative worldview that asks
not how much can you earn, but how can the skills you’ve learned help the poor.
How Your Gift Will Help Students through Global and Experiential Learning
In an increasingly connected world in which people from diverse cultures and communities can engage one another as never before, globalization is the new reality. Additionally, as followers of Christ and members of the global church, we want better to reflect and serve the kingdom of God in all parts of the world. Equipping Wheaton College students to work faithfully and fruitfully around the world is a critical component of the From the Heart, For the Kingdom campaign.—Philip Ryken ‘88
Studying abroad offers a chance to become personally acquainted with another small chunk of the world. Life elsewhere is both familiar and strange. When you experience a little more of the huge, mysterious world, you are prepared to see your corner of it more clearly by comparison. And the more clearly you see reality around you, the better you can respond to it.—Sheldon Campbell ’15