I’m writing to you from the East Coast this morning. Traveling here, visiting friends, talking to supporters and prospective Hillcrest students, and exploring opportunities for Hillcrest to support the local church. It feels good to sit down for a minute to update you.
I have friends whose daughter recently married in the church I served. As their pastor it was important for us to connect at the wedding. I love people, and encouraging families in faith in Jesus is something I loved doing in the local church. It was something I thought would be missing in my new position at HIllcrest. I am pleasantly surprised that I am able to use my pastoral gifts in my position at Hillcrest, engaged in the ongoing Spiritual development of families by engaging with their students.
Below is a video of me hanging out in Mr. Preston’s Book of Mark class. It was fun to step into a classroom during a work day, giving insight and pushing students to think deeply about the Biblical texts. I heard from a staff member that the issues raised in their classes at Hillcrest are real world things. One student listed off a series of topics she’s tackled in their first semester of school. Abortion, immigration, Biblical authority, the role of government in gun control, the Supreme Court Justice process, and the list went on. In talking to the staff member the student said these issues were never unpacked in her former American public school. She said they were too controversial. A Norwegian students nodded. She said she’s building good thoughts on abortion, forming an opinion that has a Biblical root. One parents emailed our Students for Life director and said their student told her, “Mom, I’m going to have to decide what I believe on abortion.”
Our Students for Life club took over forty students to see the recently released movie on Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor from Philadelphia. Students gained insight into the way the law impacts abortion and how important it is to stay active in discussions. We have some incredible staff who are doing some great things with our students.
In my connecting with families, friends, and organizations here on the East Coast, the idea of sharing resources comes up repeatedly. We have churches and organizations making plans to bring Hillcrest teachers to their communities to share some of the expertise on our staff. I am humbled at how God continues to prepare and equip our people to train others to engage the world.
In closing I want to let you know that Hillcrest hopes to have a flurry of activity on our social media accounts during November. We’re going to launch a request for students and parents to share special stories of our staff. We are looking forward to the 100th graduating class in 2020. To commemorate this our Development team wants to organize 20 stories of teachers who greatly impacted their students to live lives of eternal significance. You’ll see posts on our social media accounts, our website will have a posting feature for families to share stories, and we hope to collect some through the mail. We want to feature some of the men and women who serve missionally in our community at Hillcrest. We are very excited about this. Please tell your friends and put together some stories to share of teachers, past and present.
I look forward to connecting with you when we’re in the same location. Please email me if you’d like grab coffee to pass along some words of encouragement, hear what is going on at Hillcrest, or share some concerns you might have as we engage this generation to build faith, develop intellect, and strengthen their character for the glory of God.
Grace and Peace!
WEEKLY VIDEO UPDATE
Marcos Holzner knows over six languages and is currently translating the Bible into a native African language for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. He is a gift of insight, wisdom, and skill on our staff. As a full-time language instructor he sees the eternal value of learning languages. He is teaching Latin in addition to other language classes at Hillcrest. HEAR MARCOS' PERSPECTIVE ON LANGUAGE LEARNING HERE>>
HUDDLE GROUP CHAPEL PROGRAM
Hillcrest continues to march through unpacking the school theme in the Chapel program. Ryan Garvin is leading the charge with his student leaders, who organized the second Huddle Group event of the year. Students gathered in small groups to go through a Bible study that is preparing them for Prayer Day next month. WATCH THE HUDDLE GROUP INTRO VIDEO HERE>>
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>>
President Brad visited Mr. Preston's class a few weeks ago. He heard some of the topics they're wrestling through as they see their lives more clearly in understanding and studying Scripture. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE>>