Prayers for Cambodia

Hillcrest family,

Please pray for our Ms. Stovall who traveled across the world on Thursday to spend her Spring Break serving the Khmer people of Cambodia, working with children through the Hard Places ministry. She states, “This country is inundated with abuse, prostitution, and spiritual darkness.” Ms. Stovall has also asked us to pray for the Cambodian children and parents, as well as for the group of missionaries who seek to shine the Light of God’s true love during this brief trip.

The Upper School prayed over Ms. Stovall during chapel Wednesday.

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.

Merry Christmas!

Luke 2 (HCSB)
4 And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, 5 to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough—because there was no room for them at the lodging place.

8 In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. 12 This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.”

13 Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

14 Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and peace on earth to people He favors!

15 When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

16 They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough. 17 After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard, just as they had been told.

Hope: The Reason We Give

As we become immersed in preparing for and celebrating Christmas, we must never forget that we give gifts because we were given the greatest gift of all — God’s perfect Son came to earth in the form of a man to sacrifice Himself so that we might have eternal life. Sometimes, however, we need reminders about the true “reason for the season” …and sometimes those reminders come from surprising sources, from young minds.

At the start of this school year, HCS sophomore Jessica Bewley traveled with her family and some members of her church to Santa Emelia, Nicaragua, where they worked in medical, dental, and pharmaceutical missions. Recently in her Writing Skills class, Jessica had to write an essay in which she defined a term which is meaningful to her; she wrote about hope and how her definition of it changed as a result of that trip.

Desmond Tutu once said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” The Webster’s Dictionary defines hope as this: to want or to wish for something with a feeling of confident expectation. I do not believe that hope is always a verb, but an idea of light in the midst of darkness. I realized what hope was when I looked in the coffee-colored eyes of a young child in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. I found hope in a poverty-filled village where the thought of hope seemed to be hopeless. Read more

Christmas Mission Projects

“Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” – Deuteronomy 15:10

This year to share our giving spirit at Christmas time, HCS students and families are being asked to help two very worthwhile charities: Mission Byram and Toys for Tots.

Mission Byram is a service provided by Country Woods Baptist Church; its aim is to minister to the spiritual and physical needs of struggling people in the community through one-on-one biblical counsel, prayer, and physical provision. After receiving counsel, each client is offered the opportunity to shop for food and clothing. Mission Byram is currently ministering to over 500 people per month. For more information, visit the Country Woods Baptist Church website.

Toys for Tots is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps and committed to helping all children experience the joy of Christmas. No child should have to wake up on Christmas morning without a gift. Your support will help touch the lives of many less fortunate children.

We are asking each Hillcrest student to bring one of the following:

1. non-perishable food items in support of Mission Byram


2. new, unwrapped toys in support of Toys for Tots

Please bring items to the front lobby of either the Lower or Upper school by Monday. Your support is greatly appreciated!