Many await moving day, but some already call 3377 Bayview Avenue home. From the Development & Community Relations department offices on the Bayview campus, we look across the rolling hills, stream and forest, toward Ballyconnor and think of the community that will journey here. We imagine the flurry of activity when our community is united under one roof, when it is just steps to chapel instead of a drive, or we only climb a set of stairs to meet a colleague or friend. We wait, ready with open arms, to welcome the community to a new home while daily reminding ourselves to “…not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9).
This patience and steadfastness may be easy for those who are but a valley away, watching the work around us, yet there is another group of people journeying with us who see with different eyes. It is this group that our department is blessed to connect with: Tyndale alumni and supporters. Since 1894, thousands have given faithfully through their time, prayer and gifts– even if they do not see.
I am inspired by these people I meet and whose stories I hear. From a couple who have yet to step on campus or meet a student, but pray each day for Tyndale and give to ensure students receive bursaries. To an alumnus who has given since he graduated in 1949 so the library is fresh with new volumes. To the supporters who believed in the vision of Tyndale on Bayview Avenue when it was just an idea. To a young alumna who, now stricken with cancer and liver failure, gives because her life was changed as a Tyndale student. Each share how Tyndale and our students, staff and faculty are in their daily prayers.
I think of these faithful, loving people as Tyndale’s angel investors. They are members of the Tyndale community who quietly journey alongside us simply because God has called them. They sow seeds, make an impact, put on God’s armor and go to battle for us, though our paths may never cross.
As we think of all those we are called to pray for during this time of transition, pray also for Tyndale alumni and supporters – our silent partners and angel investors – who stand in the gap for those of us here at Tyndale and help remind us that “… we live by faith, not by sight”(2 Corinthians 5:7).
Assistant Director, Development