Twelve students and seven chaperons loaded a Hillcrest bus this afternoon set to fly to the Dominican Republic tomorrow morning. The group of nineteen is continuing a nearly fifteen year tradition of a senior capstone cross-cultural mission experience.
Fifteen years ago Hillcrest seniors were prepping for a mission venture to Venezuela. Due to civil unrest in the country, Hillcrest's seniors reluctantly set the sights on an inner-city Basketball mission. The reassignment catalyzed a mission mindset for the school, where seniors at Hillcrest formed testimonies and broke down comfort zone barriers to share their faith with various people and groups.
Since the inner-city Basketball mission to Florida, Hillcrest has ventured to Mexico and the Dominican Republic for cross-cultural mission experiences. They have adopted orphanages and school communities to encourage and embolden churches to reach their neighborhoods with the gospel.
This year Hillcrest's seniors have prepared to boldly share their faith in public and private schools in the Dominican Republic. They will partner with a number of local churches to walk dirt roads and visit various communities to knock on doors and share the good news of Jesus Christ during Holy Week.
Throughout the coming week Hillcrest seniors will report back to share how the Lord is working in their lives and in the various communities of our brothers and sisters living in the Dominican Republic. For some of the students this experience will whet an appetite for intercultural ministries. For others, this trip will solidify a confidence in the Lord to boldly share their faith with friends, neighbors, and various people they will come in contact with throughout the rest of their lives.
Join us in praying for this group as they extend the hand of friendship and encouragement to the community of San Pedro, encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ to engage their community and building friendships and connections for people unconnected to the local church to unite with a local parish in the Dominican Republic.