Last week I witnessed something inspiring in a meeting of leaders. We were presenting some upcoming enhancements on Hillcrest to a governing board of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. I wish I could translate the excitement of that meeting in this update. Words will never do that.
We have incredible supporters who are aiding us in honing our message. Dan and Lisa Malmstrom are two key individuals doing this. Two of their sons graduated Hillcrest in the past decade. The vision and mission of Hillcrest spread to Dan and Lisa, who are engaging because the education concept God is directing at Hillcrest is transforming lives. We’re prayerfully seeking guidance as we honor the Lord with our program. Lord willing, there will be more news to share on these meetings in coming weeks.
Seeing leaders in our denomination visibly excited about what is happening at Hillcrest is motivating, but that wasn’t the only exciting thing that happened this week. In closing out our Giving Day, working through final tallies, a few alumni contacted us fearful they had missed the deadline to give. The donor who gave the $50,000 match said we could extend the giving match to those who intended to join the Giving Day. These gifts given on Tuesday launched the total raised over the $50,000 goal, garnering over $100,000 during our Giving Day with the gift match included. That was encouraging, but what it means for students is life changing!
We have a target to raise $425,000 this year. We call this fundraising target the Hillcrest Fund. Tuition covers most of the expense to operate the ministry of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, but tuition doesn’t cover the full amount. The Hillcrest Fund subsidizes tuition, giving families confidence they can afford to invest in their student’s training at Hillcrest. However, sometimes families have extenuating circumstances that inhibit this confidence. Families face these circumstances together, sometimes engaging in financial hardships and the loss of employment around the dinner table. These conversations are hard, and sometimes derail students being able to attend Hillcrest. We had a few families approach us this summer, unsure they could re-enroll after factoring in their financial situation with the cost of tuition after financial aid was awarded. I met personally with each family. Our leadership team prayerfully considered each situation. In special meetings our leadership team moved to partner with these families to find an affordable solution for them to attend. These ministry decisions, inspired by prayer and Scripture, caused us to set a high goal for fundraising this year. Your participation in the Giving Day wasn’t simply encouraging, it was transformational as we embark on the second quarter. Students are attending Hillcrest today because many of you gave last weekend. You will likely never know the impact your giving is making!
I am currently on the East Coast, looking forward to meeting with Hillcrest friends and family. When I was on the plane I received a text from one of you who is positioning some assets to help one of the families we are prayerfully coming alongside this year. To say my heart is full is an understatement! God is moving at Hillcrest, not just in the mission and vision, and not just in the lives of our students and their families, but I see God moving in our Hillcrest friends and family who are supporting our ministry in encouraging words, prayers, and financial support.
Below you’ll see some other things that have me excited. I hope they excite you as well. Thank you for your ongoing support of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. You are greatly appreciated!
Grace and Peace!
WEEKLY VIDEO UPDATE
One of the primary goals of high school training is to teach students to communicate. Hillcrest is employing the Classical Christian model to put flesh on the distinctly Christian perspective taught at Hillcrest. This week we hear how students are being taught to write with vision and purpose through Hillcrest's new writing program. WATCH HERE>>
GIVING DAY GOAL REACHED
Hillcrest faculty, staff, and administration received a big moral boost from the Giving Day last week. After tallying special gifts the school announced it had surpassed the goal of $50,000, that is matched by a $50,000 gift designed to double all funds raised during Homecoming. President Brad gave a brief update this week. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE UPDATE>>
The Lady Comets ended their season this week. In the final contest their presentation of aggressive play and caring hearts opened opportunities to pray with their opponents as they unlaced their cleats for the last time this season. A fan sent Hillcrest a letter of appreciation, saying Hillcrest is a highlight on their calendar. CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY>>
Ben and Sara Hosch worked in Hillcrest's dormitory two years ago. They are now on their way with their family for language training where they will join the Lutheran Brethren's mission in Taiwan. Ben gave students a strong understanding of how the Gospel spans culture. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE MESSAGE>>