This week we kicked off a new semester at Hillcrest. There were six new faces in our halls, being ushered around in a large group of students who are helping them acclimate to their new school family at Hillcrest. Seeing our students reach out their hand in introductions and peer over the shoulders of the new students to see their schedules was heartwarming. I love this place!
Last weekend I was able to visit our church family in Fargo, ND at Liberty Lutheran Brethren Church. I had an incredible time meeting Hillcrest alumni and sharing about Hillcrest to church members who had many questions for me. This was one of 15 churches our team from Hillcrest has visited in the past few months. We’ve been busy seeing our church family, and the reunions have been sweet.
On Tuesday I was able to complete an objective to visit all of the service groups in Fergus Falls. You’ll read a little bit about our visit below and the presentation we gave to each of the local service groups from Kiwanis and Rotary. We sang songs, met many new friends, and were able to share how Hillcrest continues to serve students in our community while also bringing in many new families to fall in love with our community. My daughter is one of them, and I am a little shocked she’s falling in love with this small town so quickly after spending her teenage years an hour from New York City.
Below you’ll also be able to read about some staff inservice things we have been doing at Hillcrest over the past calendar year. Staff have spent over 20 hours of study and discussion in professional development, looking into enhancing our grace-based teaching with a distinct Biblically-based perspective. I sat in on a number of the teaching sessions. Our kids are in great hands, and our staff are highly qualified. The discussions coming out of these groups is deep, and I like it!
Below you’ll also have a chance to hear from Danny Isaac, who shared his testimony in chapel on Friday. I was a little surprised to see how everyone on campus responds to Danny’s wheelchair. At the beginning of the year we had a school picnic at Phelps Mill outside of Fergus Falls, and I watched as Danny’s friends lifted him out of his wheelchair and he shoved himself from the bridge into the water. There were a group of students swimming in the water around Danny, they picked him up from the beach, passed him up the hill to his wheelchair, and the process repeated over and over and over again. Danny shared in chapel how many think his brokenness is on the outside, and that his external brokenness causes him to live life in a wheelchair. However, Danny has a different perspective and shared how he has been taught and believes that his brokenness is on the inside. He shares how Jesus redeems his brokenness. I hope you take a few minutes and watch that video.
Lastly, we’re in board meetings this weekend. I ask that you pray for our board as we bring on two new members and are in training sessions to continue the growth and momentum our board has had over the years. The two new members are Paul Quam and Jeff Langness. We are refining our vision and mission and spending time with Dr. Jeff Matner from ACSI, learning how to best lead our school as a board and executive team. We had a valuable time with our faculty and staff yesterday afternoon as part of our ongoing movements to understanding the direct needs of our staff and how we can continue to support them as we look to the future.
I am here to visit with you if you have any questions. Please reach out to me if you’d like to chat!
Grace and Peace!
President Brad Hoganson
Danny Shares On Internal Disability
Senior Danny Isaac shared in chapel, putting a Gospel-oriented twist on his disability. While many might look at his wheelchair being Danny's biggest obstacle, Dan shares in this chapel testimony how his biggest challenge is sin, and that is the root cause for all disabilities. Hear Danny deliver the Gospel in a special and unique way. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE>>
While many students completing a set of exams last week, the pre-engineering class completed a significant test earlier in supporting the success of the Robotics Club at Hillcrest. READ THE FULL STORY>>
Staff Complete Inservice
Hillcrest staff recently completed a year-long training program to move all Hillcrest faculty into a nationally accredited program. This program concludes with a capstone project for the staff. READ THE FULL STORY HERE>>
How HLA Got Its Name
Hillcrest recently visited all of the service groups in Fergus Falls. They presented a special teaching on how Hillcrest training is beneficial for more than the student, serving the entire community by linking knowledge and virtue in a faith-based training. READ THE FULL STORY HERE>>