|A Word About Our Name
The word Issachar comes from Holy Scripture. Issachar was the fifth son of Jacob by his wife Leah. His descendants form the tribe of Issachar, which is referenced sporadically throughout scripture, including several occasions in I and II Chronicles.
I and II Chronicles relate Israel’s history in order to ask how a people compromised by exile can live out God’s covenant purposes. In this grand narrative, the chronicler says very little about the tribe of Issachar, but what he says is noteworthy: “men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do” (I Chronicles 12:32).
That God is faithful to his people is unquestioned. History illustrates it over and over. History also illustrates the failure of God’s people to witness to their faithful God. In our day and age, for that to happen well requires a knowledge of our times, of key issues, of habits of mind and of a culture’s values. It is critical that Christians understand the world in which they live so that the church may faithfully engage it. The church’s witness is not well served by ignorant or arrogant engagement with these crucial matters. The Issachar Fund seeks to equip the church to faithfully and strategically engage the world it inhabits.