Why Hillcrest Exists

During this morning’s Upper School chapel, students were told that they were about to take a test, and that it would be the most important test of their lives. Scott Carter, Southeast Regional Director of USA Youth Outreach and a close friend of science teacher Mr. Russell, asked students the following three questions:

  1. Do you know about Jesus, or do you know Him?
  2. Are you convinced, or are you converted?
  3. Are you religious, or do you have a relationship?

He spoke passionately about the differences in belief and ritual versus closeness and real change; in the end, he told us, the real question is whether Jesus exists in our heads or lives permanently in our hearts. And then, he issued an altar call unlike any other, in which all eyes would remain open and students would boldly walk before the entire school. What happened next was astonishing and beautiful: A large crowd of students hurried toward the gym floor to claim true salvation and revival in their lives. They prayed and were reminded that today’s decisions should not be temporary, and that with Jesus living inside them, they have the power to change the world, beginning right where they are. Then, the tears and hugs began. Going back to class after such a powerful experience was difficult, to say the least.

Some of you may remember that in early November, we published a post here entitled “A Reminder,” which asked “the entire Hillcrest family to remember our school in your prayers: Remember to thank the Lord for the work he is doing on our campus and beyond, and ask him to bless our students, faculty, and staff so that we may continue to ‘Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven’ – Matthew 5:16.” Today was the answer to those prayers. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for our school and for these students who unashamedly proclaimed their faith. Please continue to pray for continued growth, for the courage to resist the enemy, and for boldness to share the truth about our Lord.