I think that the Danielsen and Hillcrest program helps students to see that anywhere we are, and although we come from different places far from each other, God is not far from any one of us. As an educator in a Christian school, that makes me think that we are succeeding in our most important task.
Ida made her faith her own at Hillcrest. The 85 miles kept a good distance between the rock of faith Ida stood on through her adolescents. As she matured to a young woman she developed a hunger and love for the Lord. Ida developed a robust personal relationship with Jesus during Hillcrest, something that would steady her as she embarked on a lifestyle of service.
Through the Understanding the Times class Augusta was challenged to think deeply. She found Principal Isaac’s teaching method intimidating at first. He would ask a question and push students beyond simple answers. This taught Augusta to think deeply and answer thoughtfully. She started to look at the world from other perspectives, helping expand her view as she engaged the classroom.
Two teen mothers gave their hearts to Christ after reading with us Ephesians 5. That's right, Ephesians 5. When has that happened in this history of the world? It was so powerful. I don't remember a time being part of an evangelism outreach where the Holy Spirit was so evident. Wow! It was such a great day.