Hillcrest E-Connect 4/14/18

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Ihrke Endowment Fundraiser
Wheelchair Game a Highlight at HITs
Dominican Mission Team Unpacks Trip in Chapel
Choir Tour Faces Weather in Delayed Departure


Sometimes we get special notes that pick us up. Birthday cards from Grandma or a note from a friend can really put difficult things into perspective. I had this happen on Friday after I left work.

A student had written in her English journal the “real reason” she came to Hillcrest. I’ve heard that she’s told a lot of people that she came to Hillcrest to build her faith, and while I believe that was under the surface of her reasoning, she said she came to Hillcrest to start over, and was surprised.

She said she was surprised by the amount of love and care she has received at Hillcrest. She says she has been mentored to read her Bible. What she went on to describe in her journal is a devotional life that I am so excited is being developed at Hillcrest. She works to read her Bible daily, often pulling in another friend who is new in her understanding and relationship with Jesus. These two girls sit together most mornings in their dorm room and read the Scriptures before starting their day. Hillcrest is making disciples. For me, being reminded of that on Friday was the perfect end to a difficult week.

But, as we look ahead, there are great things happening! You’ll read below about a student movement to raise funds for an endowment scholarship in honor of Diane Ihrke. Kate Haus, Mary Dolan and Hannah Clark have taken to much of the heavy lifting, and we are grateful for their support and love having them as part of our community here!

You’ll also have a chance to watch the Dominican trip chapel, where the students shared what God is doing to spread the Gospel in the Dominican Republic through Hillcrest.

In closing, there is a fun story from HITs where Danny Isaac was able to play before the championship game in Hillcrest’s first ever wheelchair basketball game. It was really fun to watch. The video is on our Facebook feed here>>. You’ll be able to read a little article on how the game was started and what it meant to Danny to play at center court his senior year.

We leave for the choir tour on Sunday. A few days delayed due to weather, but I’m excited to visit friends and alumni who continue to support Hillcrest. If you want to get together with me while I’m out East, send me a quick note by email at bhoganson@ffhillcrest.org

I am really looking forward to what God is going to do as we enter the final month of school at Hillcrest Academy. Thank you for your prayers and support.

In Grace, 

Brad Hoganson | President

Hillcrest Looks Forward Ihrke Endowment Fundraiser Run

Nearly 100 people lined the hallways of Essentia Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota on Sunday, March 19th 2017. Diane Ihrke experienced health complications during the night and was transported to an intensive care unit before Hillcrest families woke for church. After Sunday’s sermon, families and students ventured from Hillcrest to spend time with Diane’s family, notably her two teenage sons, Sam and Zeke. Now a year since this gathering Sam and Zeke are honoring their mother by raising funds for an endowment so more students can attend the school Diane loved dearly. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE>>



Isaac Dazzles at HITs

Danny Isaac has enjoyed the tournament since his family moved to Hillcrest over a decade ago. Danny grew up watching his brothers play in the tournament, coaching friends in their games from his wheelchair. A pediatric disorder has kept Danny's legs in braces since before his first birthday. Growing up in an athletic family, Danny talks sports and plays in wheelchair leagues. Danny is a youth league sled hockey champion. READ MORE ABOUT THE HIT WHEELCHAIR GAME>>


DR Team Unpacks Trip

The Dominican mission team returned home last Sunday. This week they unpacked their trip in Chapel. The mission is one that they see as bigger than a simple trip that impacts them as a Senior class. The students share how the Lord is using Hillcrest in a larger way to impact the island community of the Dominican Republic. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CHAPEL PRESENTATION>>


Choir Leaves After Storm

Hillcrest's concert choir was delayed two days due to a massive winiter storm that attacked the first two communities Hillcrest was set to visit. Come rain, sleet, or high water, the concert is continuing on, leaving Sunday morning for their concert in Ottawa, IL before continuing on with their itinerary. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CHOIR ITINERARY>>
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