Last Friday my heart was filled. A good friend visited Hillcrest to connect with our Evangelism Club. He is an alumn, now leading a ministry that I am part of called Fifth Act Church Planting. The alumn, Ryan Nilsen, was standing in the hall around 9:45 am when Ashley Jarvi walked on stage to give her testimony. Ashley has grown in her faith at Hillcrest, especially through the ministry of Paula Quam who is married to our Spanish teacher Lowell Quam. Please take a few minutes to watch her testimony video linked below. I’m sure you will be blessed by her story of the transformational love and forgiveness she has found in Jesus Christ!
One of the first things out of Ryan’s mouth as he met with the Evangelism club after chapel at 10am was how he is going to send his kids to Hillcrest after hearing Ashley’s story. He went on to say how impressed he is with what God is doing at Hillcrest. He went on to tell our Evangelism club about our New York City church planting initiative through Epiphany LBC. He was hit with a barrage of questions. The front office gave out late passes because the students wanted to hear more about the ministry in New York City and how they can improve their approach and techniques in initiating conversation with people in hopes to communicate Jesus Christ. It was a very cool thing to watch our students be so interested in sharing the Gospel.
This week I heard that Principal Isaac is interviewing another student from Africa to possibly join our hallways next year. I love the way God called our synod and our school into the African continent in its earliest days of our history. God is still using Hillcrest to declare the Gospel to the world. It seems very natural for us to have students from around the world because the Lord has called our church body to the far reaches of the world. I am in awe of the way God continues to broaden the horizons of our small school that builds faith, develops intellect, and strengthens character through intentional discipleship.
Next Thursday, February 8th, Hillcrest is hosting a unique giving day with Giving Hearts Day. The giving day is being called #HLAGives, and it is an opportunity to raise funds for scholarships through a $5,000 dollar-for-dollar matching fund drive. The heartbeat of our school is our students and we would love to see more students able to come to Hillcrest and receive a committed Christian education in a Christ-centered environment. You will receive an email next week on this, and there is information below. Please mark your calendar to give to Hillcrest on Friday as we open doors for more students to attend Hillcrest in raising scholarship funds in the Giving Hearts Day. Thank you for your ongoing support of Hillcrest Academy.
Finally, as I close, I want to share with you some great news that Principal Isaac shared with me this week and wrote about in his Principal’s Update: Our SAT scores are in. Those who took their SATs this past year averaged 1157! That means the average HLA student scored is in the 89th percentile! Nice work Comets!
President Brad Hoganson
Mobilizing for #HLAGives Day
Hillcrest is mobilizing for #HLAGives is a great new opportunity for you to partner with families at Hillcrest. #HLAGives is a one day matched giving day we are doing with Giving Hearts Day, a regional day of giving in our area.
Hillcrest has a goal to raise $10,000 in student scholarships. We have a gift match that will double your gift, helping us raise $10,000 to go directly to students seeking to attend Hillcrest.
We invite you to join other alumni and friends on Thursday, February 8, 2018 to make this a day to celebrate what God is doing at Hillcrest.
Donations are matched, as noted before, and minimum donations must be $10 or more. For more information visit the #HLAGives webpage here: www.ffhillcrest.org/hlagives
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Jarvi Shares in Chapel
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Story of African Mission
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