Editor's note: This story first appeared in the winter 2020 issue of the Hearts Together, a special joint campus magazine publication of Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor.

The season of Advent is a time of preparation. We get ready for Christmas by shopping for gifts, decorating the house, and planning family celebrations. As Christians, we also prepare for the celebration of our Savior’s birth and His glorious return.

One can hardly think of Advent without recalling John the Baptist. Through his faithful service, many were called to repentance and prepared for the coming of Jesus. By the power of the Holy Spirit, lives were changed then and into eternity.

Preparation is also a part of daily life at Concordia. Each day students gather in classrooms, either virtually or in person, and instructors help prepare them for lives of service to Christ in the Church and the world. Upon graduation, our students go out and prepare the way for others as they live out the Concordia mission.

But our instructors are not the only ones who prepare the way for our students. Alumni and friends also play a vital role through their generous support of the Concordia Fund and gifts to various endowment scholarships. Either during or at the end of life, these faithful stewards help make a Concordia education possible for thousands each year.

To those who have already helped prepare the way, please accept our sincere gratitude. As our graduates serve others in church work, healthcare, business, or any other vocation they choose, lives are changed as God works in and through them.

If you are not yet a regular donor, there is no better time to begin than now. Your gifts help keep Christ-centered education accessible.

Follow the links, and you will see how the generosity of our alumni and friends is making an impact on our students. Please consider joining us as we prepare the way.

Prepare the way through uncommon giving

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Prepare the way through a monthly gift


President, Concordia University Foundation

The winter 2020 Hearts Together magazine hit mailboxes in mid-November. View a PDF version of the magazine here. If you are not on our mailing list, but are interested in receiving a free copy, email Jennifer.Hackmann@cuaa.edu.

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