God Uses One Campaigners Group to Bless Another

Campaigners is our bible study which allows leaders and students to explore God's Word together. At Hillcrest High School, a lot of our students don't own Bibles outside of their grandma's King James Version, if that. Sadly, that's the only perception of God’s Word that a lot of our students have - a language that is unapproachable and inapplicable to them.

It can be difficult to have a Bible study when no one owns a personal Bible besides the leaders. This was a growing problem that our girl leaders were facing and wanting to fix.  They came to me asking if there was any way we could get our campaigner girls Bibles of their own. Without hesitation, I called our committee chair, David Stringfield. If I'm being honest here, I was hoping that he would personally write a check to purchase Bibles or that he would point me in the direction of someone that would. However, God had something much bigger planned! The next day after contacting David, he informed me that his daughter's middle school campaigners group with girls from Hockaday wanted to use their own money to purchase the Bibles. At first I couldn't believe that a group of middle school students would want to do that; but sure enough, they contacted me saying "pick whatever Bibles the girls want and we'll take care of the rest". A week later, I was picking up boxes of high quality Bibles to surprise our high school girls with at campaigners.

These Hillcrest girls now have the opportunity to really dig into God's Word together. Sadly, there are still a large number of students in North Dallas who don't own Bibles. God used a group of middle school girls to make a life long impact on our students. The Hillcrest girls saw other young girls being the hands and feet of Christ and witnessed how God will come and meet them where they have need. Would you consider letting Him use you to do the same?

A Challenging Week at Camp Transformed a Boy's Life

This article was writen by Lucas Benavides, our staff associate at Hillcrest High School.

This is my friend Austin! Austin had a very hard week physically being in the high altitude of Colorado and it took a toll on him mentally as well. Being unable to keep pace with the other guys in our cabin was a challenge that stretched both of us throughout our trip. However, even when I thought Austin was having the worst week possible and that I was an awful person for bringing him to camp, God was subtly working in his heart the whole time!

During our debrief conversation near the end of our time at camp, I asked Austin if he learned anything new about himself this week. He answered by saying, "I learned that most of my anger and sadness comes from not having my real dad in my life". It's hard for me to hold back tears when I hear vulnerable answers like this because my dad has been so present in my own life. Many of the kids at Hillcrest High grow up with absent fathers, a fact that leaves me angered and brokenhearted on their behalf. Our conversation went on with me asking him if his views on Jesus had changed at all this week. He replied, "Before this week I thought I knew about Jesus, but I didn't really know who He was". Austin continued to tell me that he assumed he had a relationship with Jesus, but after being at Frontier he realized that he wasn’t walking with Christ. Austin made a decision at camp to start following Jesus after fully realizing what He did for him on the cross and the personal impact of that sacrifice.

I absolutely love the look of joy on Austin's face in this picture, because this is what it looks like when someone's life has been changed by the Gospel. Austin’s story is only one of many that has taken place because of the opportunity to attend camp. For many of our students in the North Dallas community the opportunity to attend camp has been made possible by generous donors who pay for camp scholarships.