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.