Elim 2020-2021 Annual Report

This year, God once again graciously provided, and this report is a testimony of that. This webpage reflects some highlights from the report and from the year.

2020-2021 Annual Report

A Letter from the President

We are Learning.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” 

–2 Corinthians 12:9 

The theme of this year’s Annual Report is “We are Learning.” What makes this theme so appropriate is that it reinforces one of Elim’s core values of being a learning and sharing community. This year’s theme is also appropriate because learning has been such a big part of our lived experience this past year. 

Scripture is filled with examples of learning becoming much more effective when circumstances motivate the learner to learn. The adverse circumstances that Abraham, Moses, Job, David, and Paul faced motivated them to learn, and learn they did. 

2021, with all the adverse circumstances ushered in by the pandemic, motivated us at Elim to learn, and learn we did. 

Here are just a few of the things that we by God’s grace have learned: 

• We learned that with all due respect to the great work that we do at Elim, God is in control. 

• We learned what an amazing, dedicated, and resilient staff we have at Elim, men and women who do whatever it takes to see that our students and adult participants thrive. 

• We learned that while there are so many creative and valid ways to connect, there is no substitute for in-person connecting and learning. 

• We learned how resilient and supportive our participants and their caregivers are. 

• We learned how to better manage change because we got such a steady stream of it. 

• We learned that we are stronger together, and that there are times when together is the only way through. 

• We learned that in a year of unprecedented financial headwinds, God faithfully provided for all our needs. Elim’s support base is strong and growing! 

As you read through this report, I invite you to be reminded of how good our God is. While the pandemic may have brought us to our knees, it motivated us enough to learn that on our knees is the best place for Elim to be – for all of us to be. 

Bill Lodewyk




Thank You!

Elim wishes to thank and acknowledge our Memorial and Honor gifts received.

Click to view our 2021-2022 Honor and Memorial List



Inside the Report…

Inside our annual report you will find highlights from the year, stories of connecting, engaging, and thriving, quotes from around the Elim Community, statistics, our Financial Statement, ways to get involved with Elim, and many photos of our incredible year.

200+ adults served on Elim’s Crestwood and Orland Park campuses
90,652 HOPE Packs sent to provide food, school supplies, and messages of HOPE – locally and around the world
68 school districts that Elim students come from to receive essential services
90% of our adults bless our communities through volunteer and work opportunities
245+ students reached on Elim’s campus and hundreds more through partnerships and HOPE Packs
100% of Elim's students and adults have a personalized growth plan
23 partnerships through Elim Learning with schools and ministries in the US, India, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, and South Africa
100% of Elim’s students and adults rely on the yearround, life-changing programming you help provide!
70 years of Elim's ministry!

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