Hillcrest E-Connect 11/16/18

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Hillcrest is a unique and special place. I saw that full well this past week.

I walked into the fellowship hall at Bethel church on Monday to lead a small group of students in discussion and prayer. I looked around the room and noticed over twenty groups of chairs that were filled with students and adults. Behind me a mom passed out treats to her group. On the other end of the room I saw our language instructor lean in to his group. They were working to huddle together to hear each other better. Our students are cared for in unique and focused ways at Hillcrest. It leaves me speechless.

During the course of the two day Prayer Day the students heard from a very good friend of mine, Erick Sorensen. Erick is a church planter in New York City. He brought one of his good friends, Dan Price, to join him in speaking to the students. The pair unpacked the theme for the student body. On Tuesday night they participated in a Bread and Bibles event put on in conjunction with our Prayer Day. The evening event was a live recording of a podcast Erick and Dan do titled 30 Minutes in the New Testament.

I was able to hear about some of the life-change that is being encouraged at our school on my way home from a trip this week. I logged in to our Facebook account to listen to Chapel from Friday. Alexander Knutsen shared a testimony of how God made Himself known to Alexander a few years ago. The Lord used Alexander’s story to inspire some powerful conversations our staff had in the wake of Chapel. I heard of more than one meeting during lunch where students opened up about a desire to passionately follow Jesus. Another staff member said they had a conversation with a student they’re mentoring who hasn’t had a lot of faith practices before Hillcrest. The student shared how attractive Alexander’s message was, explaining that he’s finding excitement in watching the staff and students live and grow in their relationship with Jesus. It was hard to miss out on these conversations, but I will tell you that it is heartwarming to hear that God is using Hillcrest to challenge and inspire students to follow and find purpose in Jesus Christ.

I trust you’re encouraged as you engage with this weekly report from our school. God is doing big things here, and I’m thankful for your involvement in the ministry God has at Hillcrest Academy.

Grace and Peace!

Brad Hoganson



We want your stories of Hillcrest staff. Tell us of a Hillcrest teacher who gave you Christ-like attention, a Hillcrest dean who mentored you, or a kitchen worker or front office person who helped you during your time at HLA.

These stories will frame a special publication commemorating what the Lord is doing through our graduates. Next year the 100th graduating class will sing on the front steps and throw their caps in celebration after their years of mentorship by Hillcrest staff. We want to honor the Lord with a special publication that pays tribute to our staff and honors their commitment to the Lord. SHARE YOUR STORY HERE>>




Hillcrest students ate bread and jam during a Bread and Bibles event in the Chapel this week. The event was highlighted by a live recording of 30 Minutes in the New Testament. The show is a podcast by Erick Sorensen and Daniel Price, the speakers for Prayer Day this week. WATCH THE RECORDING HERE>>


Alexander Testimony

Alexander Knutsen gave an emotional testimony of God's grace, helping Alexander see the excitement in following the Lord. Many students sought adults to recap the Chapel that is calling some students to build new habits during their time at Hillcrest. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE>>


Prayer Day Messages

Many students shared how the messages from Prayer Day impacted them. In one small group the leader found a young man who previously said he didn't have much to say about the speaker holding a paper jam packed with notes during their second meeting. WATCH THE PRAYER DAY MESSAGES>>
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