Elim 2018-2019 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.

2018-2019 Annual Report

A Letter from the President

You are helping Elim students and adults to thrive.

The Elim of Exodus 15 was a place, an oasis, but it was also much more than that. The twelve springs and seventy palm trees in the desert oasis of Elim were a manifestation of God moving in the world through his provision for his chosen people, the Israelites.

Fast forward some 3,500 years, and Elim is indeed a place – an oasis – where connections, engagement, and thriving happen every day. But it is also much more than that. Elim Christian Services is a manifestation of God moving in the world through the collective efforts of so many amazing people…including you!

In this report, I hope you’ll note how each story and picture is evidence of God’s kingdom advancing, not only at Elim, but in our communities and around the world!

As a Christ-centered ministry, Elim is deeply committed to the mission of equipping people with disabilities to pursue their God-given potential. Alongside you, our vision is to see people with disabilities thrive in their communities. Elim’s mission and vision come to life when there is connection, engagement, and thriving. That’s why this report shows how connections are happening and where engagement and thriving are taking place.

What makes all of the connecting, engaging, and thriving possible – under the umbrella of God’s grace – is the involvement of so many people. Some are involved as recipients of service, others as caregivers, teachers, and service providers. And so many others are supporters, volunteers, and prayer warriors.

In 2019, God once again graciously provided, and this report is a testimony of that. On behalf of Willie and Tori, and many, many others, thank you for partnering with Elim to manifest God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven!

Bill Lodewyk




Thank You!

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

Click to view our 2018-2019 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
144,132 HOPE Packs sent to provide food, school supplies, and messages of HOPE – locally and around the world
81 school districts that Elim students come from to receive essential services
16 worship services in churches and schools that Elim’s Worship Team partnered in leading
280+ students reached on Elim’s campus and hundreds more through partnerships and HOPE Packs
40+ places at which Elim’s students and adults volunteer, blessing our communities
20 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!