410 Students; Prayer & Praises for 2014-2015

Today is the first day of school, and 410 students streamed through the doors of Hope Academy today, our 15th school year. When Hope Academy began in 2000 with just 34 students in grades K-2, we could have never imagined what the Lord would do. Continue to praise the Lord and pray with us for his provision and protection.

> For 410 students starting school at Hope Academy!

> For the Lord bringing us gifted staff for the year:

  • Ten new teachers & aides
  • Three Senior Administrators:
    • Mr. Kevin Farmer, Head of Admission & Family Ministry
    • Ms. Leslie Smith, Lower School Principal
    • Ms. Patti Tongen, Head of Finance & Operations
  • Ms. Jamie Olson, Manager, Development & External Relations
  • See all of our Faculty & Staff here >>
>> STUDENTS, FAMILIES, & STAFF >> Be in prayer for our students and families, especially those in difficult circumstances; & our teachers & Family Ministry staff and volunteers, and Emerge Mothers Academy coming alongside our families. Learn more here >>  
>> ALUMNI >> For our 39 alumni, with more than 30 of them still enrolled in a 2- or 4-year school. Read about them here >>.
>> GIVING >> For Partners for 53 of our new Students. Learn more about Sponsoring a Student here >>.
>> VOLUNTEERS >> For volunteers for our various volunteer opportunities, lncluding Mentors for Mentors for Hope. Learn more here >>.




>> PARTNER DAY >> We can’t wait to have you join us for Partner Day on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 11am-1pmPlease RSVP to Dan Olson at dolson@hopeschool.org or 612-721-6294 ext. 106.
Grateful for your partnership in the gospel,

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Russ Gregg

Head of School   


P.S. – We are launching a new web site at the end of this week, though it is still in test mode for this week. We invite you enjoy navigating the new site and let Dan Olson know if you find any mistakes. Email him at dolson@hopeschool.org.


P.P.S. – Click here to make a secure on-line gift. This year, we are still trusting the Lord for sponsors for 53 more students, and six more Boaz gift of $50,000 or more. Contact Dan Olson, Head of Institutional Advancement, with questions at 612-721-6294 ext. 106 or dolson@hopeschool.org.

(5.6.14) Dr. Ben Carson Speaks at Hope Academy

Dr. Ben Carson’s life story has been an inspiration to our work at Hope Academy since the very beginning. Dr. Carson grew up in a rough neighborhood of Detroit, and his parents divorced at an early age. His mother couldn’t read. With a deep faith in the Lord, though, Dr. Carson persevered in school and beyond, eventually becoming the director of pediatric neurosurgery of Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 33. He is credited with being the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head.
Dr. Carson, now retired from medicine, spoke to a packed house at Hope Academy at an all-school assembly from 3:40-4:15pm, Tuesday, May 6. In addition to our entire student body, approximately 150 parents and guests were in attendance.

On Mission Like St. Patrick

Many high school students around the country associate St. Patrick’s Day with leprechauns, Ireland, green beer, and partying.

 Hope Academy’s High School students spent St. Patrick’s Day in a way that would have made St. Patrick proud: spreading the gospel.

 As a teenager in the 5th century, Patrick was taken into captivity in Ireland. At age 16 he committed his life to Christ. “I turned with all my heart to the Lord my God,” he writes in his Confession. He boldly preached the gospel for the rest of his life.

Right now, I am with our senior class on a mission trip in the Dominican Republic.

We arrived last Friday, and have been serving in the name of Christ since our feet hit the ground. Our St. Patrick’s Day was spent leading a Kids Club for more than 200 children, including leading songs and Bible dramas. I continue to be proud of their servant-hearted love this week.

Our sophomore class is on a mission trip as well. They spent most of St. Patrick’s Day driving, and they arrived Sunday evening in New Orleans, LA for a week-long mission. They are staying in a local church, and will be serving in a rehab center, painting, doing basketball ministry, and serving in an after-school program – all while learning to share the gospel through word and deed.

One student with me here is Jeff Holley (12th grade). He has been at Hope since his sophomore year. I asked him what has been most meaningful about his time at Hope Academy. “Definitely the mission trips,” he says. As a sophomore, he served for a week in New Mexico.

Pray with me that Jeff, his classmates, chaperones, and the people we are serving alongside in the D.R. and New Orleans, would, like St. Patrick, turn with all our hearts to the Lord our God. 

As we look forward to the coming of Easter, we will pray the same for you and those you serve.