Mr. Preston's story caused a number of fathers to tear up. Her ear bleeding, Mr Preston recalled carrying a young Dominican girl from the playground after she had gotten hit. The young girl held him tightly, enough to make it hard to swallow, as Mr. Preston went in search for a bandaid to cover her open wound.
This week's Principal's Blog takes us into a debrief session with Mr. Preston and the Dominican Mission team. Mr. Preston's words called-up images for the students of a special meeting they had with the leaders of the Santa Fe school that Hillcrest partners with in reaching the Dominican Republic.
We encourage you to check out the blog, watch the video and find out why Hillcrest has made such a commitment to short-term missions as part of our education approach in preparing students to live a life of significance.
Dominican Republic Commissioning Service
The Senior class gathers in the Chapel every year anticipating what God has planned for them in their final year at Hillcrest. Part of what many seniors look forward to involves the missions program at Hillcrest.
Many seniors participate in missions through Hillcrest's many campus clubs. Key Club and Students for Life are clubs that take an active role in the community while Mission Minneapolis and the Dominican Mission trip focus more on cross-cultural engagement. All of the missions programs at Hillcrest involve a strong discipleship component.
Part of Hillcrest's commitment to discipleship involves community recognition and sending out. The Dominican Mission team had their sending service initiated through a special chapel commissioning service.
Principal Isaac and Mr. Preston led the commissioning service this year with strong messages for the Senior Class team. You can view their messages in the Camus Ministries Blog. Their purposeful discipleship and strong words were clarion calls to the students, showing once again Hillcrest's commitment to preparing students to live a life of significance.
Student Testimonies in Praise Chapel
Andrew Jopp stepped into chapel last friday as the most recent Senior who has elected to share his story with the student body. Friday chapel services are a highlight for many students, looking forward to time of praise and worship and hearing how God has worked in the lives of their friends.
Seniors this year have been using this time as a bridge to the Dominican Mission trip. Mr. Preston has encouraged the Senior class to use their time at Hillcrest as a solidifying training ground, sharing their testimony and caring for their fellow students. Many within the Senior class have stepped into this role with passion, noting their failings but God's mercy and strength in using them.
We encourage you to view a few of these testimonies and follow-up with your students as we continue to reinforce the faith of students, making their belief in Jesus living and active in their life.
We are fortunate to live in a nation that has a heart. When a natural disaster strikes, we see the benevolent character of communities across America supporting those affected. Students at Hillcrest are also given opportunity to show their heart by helping others. Benevolence is a common theme in the Scripture, and one of the ways students engage in this is through our missions department.
Visit the President's Blog to hear more insights from President Brue as he identifies how students are prepared for a life of significance at Hillcrest Academy.
Around the Castle
Parent weekly prayer occurs Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:15am in the HLA reception room.
Athletics at HLA
The Lady Comets Basketball team has a game Friday. Visit the calendar online to more of this week's athletics activities.
Night Fun at HLA
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is scheduled to meet on Sunday, December 2nd. Check-out more activities around HLA through our activities calendar.
Upcoming Events at HLA
December 7th at 6pm marks the annual Hillcrest Academy Christmas Banquet. Faculty and staff will join students in drawing attention to Jesus at the start of this Christmas season.