Students show helping heartsPublished 9:52am Friday, November 16, 2012 Updated 11:53am Friday, November 16, 2012
We are fortunate to live in a nation that has a heart. When a natural disaster strikes, we see the benevolent character of communities across America supporting those affected. Students at Hillcrest are also given opportunity to show their heart by helping others.
Benevolence is a common theme in the Scripture, and one of the ways students engage in this is through our missions department.
Students recently participated in Mission Minneapolis, now in its 5th consecutive year, where they assisted local churches there by reaching out to their neighborhoods.
They participated in community gatherings, special prayer and ministry times with local churches, and led in worship through music and sharing personal testimonies.
The 28 student participants look to return to Minneapolis throughout the year, building deeper relationships with those they have met and desire to help.
Mission Minneapolis is one of many opportunities Hillcrest students are given to become benevolent citizens and caregivers to a needy world.
End of sports season
The last days of October marked the end of the Fall sports season for the Hillcrest Comets. About 85 perent of Hillcrest students participated in the fall sports program.
The greater level of participation is characteristic of a smaller school community, and provides additional development of body, mind, and spirit to those involved.
We are grateful for the excellent coaching and mentoring that takes place on and off the field by the Hillcrest coaching staff.
As the fall season has now concluded, Hillcrest students look back on that first chapter, and remember the contests and close friendships that are immerging as they move through the year.
The details of these experiences may fade, but the overall impact of coaches and teammates will not be forgotten.
Hillcrest has enjoyed an international presence on its campus for almost 30 years. Students from Norway, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Canada, Russia, Azerbaijan, Ecuador and Brazil have called Fergus Falls their home in the past five years alone.
This important and unique international dynamic is supported by the HLA Board of Directors, seeking to create an optimal campus community that keeps Hillcrest an American school with room for International students to experience the American culture and strengthen their English skills.
This commitment has helped to make Hillcrest a desired school to international placement agencies, which has also helped to put Fergus Falls on the map for many families from around the world.
Steven Brue is the President of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls. (www.ffhillcrest.org)