Community News • Thursday 19 July 2018
On a freezing cold morning during the last week of Term 2, 20 students from Years 9 and 10 and three Hillcrest staff set off early on an epic adventure to serve and bless the local Cooktown community in far North Queensland. Over the week-long Mission Trip, the team engaged with five local schools, armed with a willingness and attitude to do whatever was needed to support the isolated schools. The students worked tirelessly, above and beyond expectation, and united together as a team to represent Hillcrest, and God so humbly in all they did.
The group cleaned large sheds, created landscaped gardens, restored large sandpits, built vegetable gardens, cleared large grounds and also ran multiple programs each day, demonstrating real ‘GRIT’ and modelling this to the children of the community. We saw God in action every day, both through the work of the team and also interpersonally as the students built strong friendships with one another, and the local students.
It was such a blessing to part of such a dynamic and committed team who each grew in their understanding of who Jesus is and the part they can play in using their own gifts and talents for the good of others.
Ps Tim Cochran