Throughout the year, Hope Christian Academy students are provided with several opportunities to develop servant hearts and serving hands. In the fall, upperclassmen are encouraged to come early before school to pray around our flagpole during "See You at the Pole", a nation wide student-initiated and student-led movement to simply engage with God in prayer and connect with fellow Christians in unity around the flagpole. After praying at HCA, Hope students drive to local public schools to pray with fellow Christian students around their flagpoles.
In the fall and spring students participate in Adopt a Highway and community pick-ups. The older students pick up trash and garbage on a portion of Highway 61 between Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park, while the younger students clean nearby parks. Local families have also been the recipients of lawn raking and housecleaning.
Before Thanksgiving break the student body joins together to fill and wrap
shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse
that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the
world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good news of God's love.
After the boxes are ready, they are prayed over and then brought to the
warehouse, where a group of upperclassmen works a shift at the Operation
Christmas Child warehouse, checking shoe boxes from all over the upper
Midwest and packing them in huge boxes to be shipped all around the
world. Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit Christian organization
committed to feeding God's starving children hungry in body and spirit,
is another favorite spot for serving. In the winter students hand-pack
meals formulated especially for starving children, which are then
shipped to more than 60 countries around the world. As the school year comes to a close, music students go to local
assisted care living facilities and memory-loss units to share the love
of God through vocal and instrumental music and conversation with the
residents. Students also have opportunities to go door-to-door
witnessing, pass out tracts, volunteer at local thrift stores, and
collect food for food shelves.