Ensuring the Future of Christian Education
Kent and Sara Ellis '80 Thompson feel a strong connection to Union College. In fact, they moved their family back to Nebraska so they could be around the College View and Union College communities.
Kent has been involved with the finance committee and the Union College board for more than 10 years now and has seen God working on numerous occasions. "When you see the hand of God (at Union) from enrollment, to getting out of debt, to the success of our graduates, you know your money will be put to good use," he says.
One of these miracles, Kent recalls, was an unexpected increase in enrollment in 2004. After carefully planning the annual budget down to the tiniest details, registration day brought 84 students that were not expected.
The Thompsons have felt blessed to be part of Union College and are proud that their sons, Phillip '10 and Topher '11, have chosen to attend Union. To Kent and Sara, it is important to use your gifts and talents wisely. "God has given us tremendous gifts; we're not going to back up a U-haul and take it with us. It stays here. You need to be careful where you put your money, and it should be to glorify God. We want to do all we can to ensure that students can experience Christian education."
In addition to helping worthy students, the Thompsons hope their money will help make campus improvements as well as help with infrastructure. "We are confident that the money will go to help those who really need it," Kent says.
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