Of the many “birth-rights” that a Christian possesses as a child of God, peace is one of the most significant and least appreciated. The Bible emphasizes its importance constantly. The Jewish people to this day greet each other with “Shalom” (peace) and pray longingly for it. Jesus is our peace. Therefore, we can always, in all circumstances, walk in peace as we walk with Jesus and abide in Him. In the turbulent uncertainty of these days, the world needs to see and know what we have. I pray that we, as God’s people, will manifest what we possess (peace), giving witness with our lives and words to the peace that is available through faith in Christ.
We are very thankful that we are able to continue Bible school as (almost) normal this year! Our Winter/Spring semester has started. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2021 semester.
Canadians: We are able to issue student visas to Canadians and they are allowed to enter the U.S. on student visas!
Update From Our Director | July 21, 2020
We have all heard the disconcerting reports that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Texas. In consequence to this news, some people are having reservations about attending Bible school in Texas. We understand the concern. Though His Hill cannot guarantee that students will not contract COVID-19 while with us, it is important to consider the following things when deciding to attend Bible School at His Hill or not:
His Hill is an isolated environment in a rural area with very few cases of the virus in the area. There have been no cases of the virus among our Bible school staff, students, summer staff, or summer campers to date.
Parents will not be permitted this year to move their students into the dorms, to join us for the opening banquet, or to stay overnight on the property.
His Hill will do a medical evaluation of each student upon arrival. We will isolate for up to two weeks anyone who is of concern.
Staff and students will be encouraged to not visit San Antonio and to limit all other trips off our property.
Medical assistance is readily available when needed. The reports of potential hospital bed shortages in San Antonio do not apply at this time to the hospitals in Kerrville and Fredericksburg, which are closer to us than San Antonio. We have a registered nurse on staff and there are numerous walk-in clinics in the area.
In the unlikely event that COVID-19 appears in the student body during the semester, we will take appropriate measures to limit its spread and will notify all families immediately of the situation.
We hope that these things will help alleviate any fear that there might be in attending Bible school with us this fall. As said earlier, we cannot guarantee even in the best of times the health of another person (or our own). But all things considered, His Hill is a very safe environment with a young and healthy student and staff body, isolated from the “hot spots” that are of concern, with excellent medical care that is readily available.
We always pray that God will draw to His Hill those whom He wants to be here. We want every student to know that they are where God wants them to be. We want them to be here with a sense of calling, eagerness to hear from God, and to grow in Christ, and with the confidence that the will of God is always “good, acceptable and perfect (Rom. 12:2).” In Christ, we have nothing to fear though we are but sheep: always helpless and vulnerable, never in control of life, our health, or viruses.
May the peace of God always rule our hearts through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are blessed to once again have people (other than just the staff) here on the property. It has been too long! We were able to start summer staff training on June 8th. We are very grateful to have all the volunteers that we need. That is a tremendous answer to prayer. We will welcome the first campers of the season on June 21st. Though we will only have six weeks with campers instead of the usual ten, we are grateful that we can have camp at all and that the enrollment for those weeks is good.
We are always aware of our dependence upon prayer by God’s people for a safe and spiritually impactful summer. We feel that need even more keenly this summer. Please pray with us that all the staff and campers would remain healthy and that we would have wisdom and grace for doing our due diligence in providing a safe environment that is also full of love and free of fear.
A godly friend reminded me recently that when God created man, He gave them dominion over the fish, birds, cattle and every creeping thing (Gen. 1:26). But He did not give man dominion over his own health. That is God’s domain. My friend’s point (a man who is highly regarded as an expert on health) is that we can take measures to ensure good health and reduce risk, but God is the one who sustains us, prospers us, and protects us. Good health is ultimately God’s doing, not man’s. We should live trusting God while doing what we can to take care of ourselves. Good health is not our goal or god. God is!
Perhaps a good thing that has come from the COVID-19 situation is that we are seeing that for many people good health is an idol and government (with its reliance upon science) is god. When that is the case, fear rules the human heart. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, “Be anxious for nothing . . ..” John 14:1 says, “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.” And Colossians 3:15 exhorts us to “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts . . ..” Clearly, trust in God is the only anecdote for fear. I’m thankful that our trust in Him is not misplaced!
We are still planning to host our Chill at the Hill Youth Retreat (February) and Ladies Retreat (April). Click here for more information.
Sadly we are not allowing self-hosted retreats at this time.
In the midst of this rapidly evolving situation, we know the Lord is fully sufficient to lead us in His joy and life! May each of us continue to have our eyes fixed on Christ.
We are incredibly thankful to the Lord for allowing us to host campers for all of the weeks of camp that were scheduled for summer 2020
To the families who entrusted their children to us this summer, we are sincerely grateful for your ministry and support of His Hill.
Amid an uncertain time, Christ proved to be unchanging and completely trustworthy. Jesus was proclaimed and lives were transformed into His image, hallelujah!