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Mission Overview


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Mission Overview


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Dominican Mission


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Dominican Mission


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HILLCREST FORGES DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MINISTRY PARTNERSHIPS THAT GO BEYOND MISSION TRIP HIGHS

Since 2009, Hillcrest senior classes have made five trips to the Dominican Republic, most recently in November of 2012. These short term mission opportunities have had an enduring impact on the student body, but there is also desire to ensure a lasting impact on the people of the Dominican. To that end, Hillcrest began a ministry partnership with a Christian grade school in a barrio of San Pedro named Santa Fe. Santa Fe is an impoverished area comprised of about seventy percent Haitian immigrants. The school has an enrollment of about 150 students which meet in two separate shifts.

God taught me that He has given me the ability to communicate His message to anyone, even people that speak a different language
— Trevor Leach, Class of 2013

A large part of Hillcrest's ministry on the ground in the Dominican Republic takes place in this school. Their campus consists of nothing more than an open dirt yard with two concrete classrooms, surrounded by a fence made mostly of scrap metal. On the mission team's first stop at the school they spent time cleaning and repainting desks and chalkboards, helping the school to make the best out of the limited resources available to it. On subsequent visits to the school, Hillcrest students mainly took time to care for, play with and share items that they had brought from home for the children. "I handed one small boy an old ball, and he hugged it so hard. I don't think he ever put it down or stopped smiling," recalls Marisa Monacelli about the gratitude of one of the children. Along with simple toys and candy, the mission team brought along bags of school supplies, first aid materials, clothes and other necessities they had collected. 

However, not all of the needs the mission team addressed were as tangible. "One thing that we noticed as a team was the eagerness of the kids to come up to us," said Taylor Brue, one of the team members. "Despite the fact that they didn't know us, many still came to us giving a hug or asking to be held. I remember holding a little girl who squeezed tight and clung to me for a long time. The reality we learned was that a number of these kids were not from the best family situations. They needed to be loved."

 

THE MISSION CONTINUES AT HOME

Hillcrest's partnership with the Santa Fe school does not end when the mission team boards the plane to return home. Over the past several years, Hillcrest students have been able to raise funds to help purchase land for the school, build three classrooms, support teachers and buy desks for the students. Currently Hillcrest is partnering with Santa Fe to build a water purification plant which can serve an an ongoing source of revenue for the school and benefit the surrounding community. Both schools have also committed to including each other in their daily prayers.

The pastor who oversees the daily operations of Santa Fe hopes to model his school after Hillcrest. When Hillcrest instructor and mission team organizer, Gregg Preston, asked him what that meant to him, he said it would "become a place of learning in which students go to the ends of the earth in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ."

 

A LASTING IMPACT

For the past ten years, Hillcrest has sent its senior class on short-term mission trips to either Mexico or the Dominican Republic. To ensure that the time spent in these areas is effective, the school has partnered with a Christian organization called Christian Outreach International (COI). COI has bases in the Dominican Republic and Mexico which partner with local Christian churches for ministry. 

Because of this partnership, Hillcrest students have had the privilege of working with Dominican churches to preach the message of the Gospel, help Christian schools, and worship with other Dominican believers in churches and youth groups. Senior classes at HLA have been eternally blessed by:

  • Practicing the Great Commission and obediently speaking the Word of God.
  • Describing the message of the Gospel to those who have not heard.
  • Praising and worshipping the Lord with brothers and sisters of other cultures.
  • Serving with the local Dominican churches and Christian schools.
  • Honoring and loving children of other cultures who have truly experienced neglect, poverty, abuse, and abandonment.
  • Continuing to labor from home to provide prayer and financial support for ongoing work in the Dominican.

The experience that HLA students have had on the Mexican and Dominican missions has been so profound, life-changing, and powerful, that many have cited these mission trips as the most influential experience of their Hillcrest years.

Dominican Mission Experience

2014 Dominican Mission Highlight

2012 Dominican Mission Documentary

 

2012 Dominican Mission Highlight

 

A Walk with the Dominican Mission

2011 Dominican Mission Highlight Video

 

Zach Nersten | Student Testimony

 

Cooper Patch | Student Testimony

 

Gracia Larson | Student Testimony

 

Jason Fox | Student Testimony

 

Commissioning Service

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Worship Arts


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Worship Arts


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Hillcrest's worship team is made up of a diverse group of students each year. They are tasked with leading worship in chapel and other school events.  Periodically there are also opportunities for the team to travel and lead worship in area churches. 

Team members work to develop musicianship, learn how to organize a worship service and receive mentorship to understand what scripture teaches about worship.

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Local Missions


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Local Missions


Mentoring at Local Christian Elementary School

Mentoring at Local Christian Elementary School

40 Days For Life Rally in Fargo, ND

40 Days For Life Rally in Fargo, ND

Hillcrest provides an opportunity within the academic program for students to participate in local missions. This course engages students in mission opportunities in the Fergus Falls area and helps them to gain context for living a missional life through studying God's Word and reading mission-focused texts.

In addition, there are plenty of opportunities for local mission involvement outside of the school day via service projects, local church outreach, volunteering and through organizations like 40 Days For Life

Outreach at Local Church

Outreach at Local Church

Service Projects

Service Projects

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Chicago Field Study


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Chicago Field Study


Overview

The Chicago Field-Study is designed for students who desire a deeper understanding of the relationship between science and the Bible. Students will spend a week analyzing research and development, technology, perspectives on origins, human condition and the Bible presented by world-renowned laboratories, museums, retail centers and the Creation Museum. The goal of field-study trip is for students to

  1. Investigate and compare explanations of creation, life, beauty, suffering and redemption. 
  2. Dialog with people representing a variety of commonly held worldviews. 
  3. Explore STEM related vocational opportunities.

Field-Study Activities

National Laboratories

Tour and engage with scientists at the Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory. The Fermilab is built around three world-class particle accelerators and hosts a global community of scientists seeking to unravel the secrets of the universe.

The Argonne National Laboratory employs scientists, engineers and technicians seeking solutions to the grand challenges of our time: sustainable energy, healthy environment and security in our nation through science and engineering resulting in marketable technologies.

Museums

Museums tell stories about the past, present and future. They are like giant text books, begging to engage us in dialog.

The Chicago Field Museum focuses on interpretations from the fields of anthropology, botany, geology, paleontology and zoology in an naturalistic context. This is where you will meet Lucy and other icons of evolution.

The Adler Planetarium presents a message on the history of human space exploration, exciting discoveries and the challenges we face as we “boldly go where no one has gone before.”

The Museum of Science and Technology engages visitors through hands-on exploration in the major science fields and the grand challenges of energy, transportation, agriculture, business, war and entertainment. We are asked, “Is innovation good?”

The Creation Museum’s focal point is the Bible and a presentation of a Biblical perspective on the inspiration of Scripture, the origin of the universe, life, ethics, pain and suffering and the hope of the gospel. The message offered by the Creation Museum is challenging, and often runs counter to the messages of our world.

Marketplaces

Engage with others at sites like The Miracle Mile, Millennium Park and the Willis Tower to gain perspectives on the big questions of life. We will have opportunities for debriefing, quiet times and worship.

Exploration

Explore what scientists are learning and how their theories are being applied to life’s grand challenges.

Stories

Analyze the interpretations museums offer on science and the human condition.

The Marketplace

Engage with people in the marketplace to learn about commonly held world-views.

Worship

Spend time together worshiping our Creator, talking with others about Jesus, and analyzing the messages of our world from a biblical perspective.