By: Susan Gum // January 23th, 2018 // Stories
The mission of Delmarva Christian Schools (DCS) is to proclaim the Gospel by preparing students spiritually, academically, and physically to know and do God’s will in their lives.
Throughout the school year Delmarva Christian Schools offers many opportunities for its students to live out God’s call on their lives, but for the high school students, this culminates during J-Term.
J-Term is a two-week period between the fall and spring trimesters that encourages students to pursue their passions in a non-traditional learning setting. Students choose to serve, explore, or participate in a number of interests. Students become involved in mission ministries locally or abroad, short-term career internships, academically-focused projects, conferences, and numerous other growth opportunities.
DCHS sophomore Leah Schlabach traveled to Israel along with three other DCHS students on a nine-day trip to immerse themselves in the history and culture of the Holy Land. The students and chaperones visited many historic places, read scripture that correlated with where they visited, and participated in many cultural experiences.
“There were so many memorable moments throughout this trip, but as we were on the Mount of Olives I realized how much history I was standing on and how the bible really came to life,” said Leah. “The part that truly got to me is someday Jesus will conquer the world, right where I was sitting.”
As if sleeping in a Bedouin village, riding camels, visiting the City of David, or seeing numerous historical places to include the Mount of Transfiguration, the Wailing Wall, and the House of Caiaphas wasn’t enough, the students were greatly impacted by the boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
“Taking a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee was amazing,” said DCHS junior Kailee Daisy. “Thinking that we worshipped on the very body of water on which Jesus had walked was too much for me to understand!”
While some students journeyed out of the country, others went on trips right here in the United States. The Marine Biology J-Term students spent six days in Key Largo kayaking through the red mangroves, dissecting sharks and squid, snorkeling on the local reefs, swimming with the dolphins, and visiting the Dry Tortuga’s. While the trip was an educational experience, several of the group members saw God in nature and how everything points to a divine Creator.
“I think what impacted me the most was the shark and squid dissections because I have never see such an intricate design up close and in person,” said DCHS senior Charli White. “God never did anything half way and boy did I realize that. Not only did God put intense thought into the universe, the planets, the earth, and the ocean, He was not finished until He perfectly designed every single element of each life form.”
Though many of the DCHS students traveled far and wide, some stayed right here in Sussex County to give back to the local community. The Delmarva Christian Relief J-Term students put together overnight survival bags for the homeless, volunteered at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen and A.C.E. Peer Resource Center.
“Seeing the smiles on the faces of the people no matter the problems they were facing was incredible,” said DCHS sophomore Mackenzie Hopkins. “I am so glad DCHS gives us opportunities like J-Term to be the hands and feet of Jesus!”
Committed to excellence, Delmarva Christian Schools offers non-denominational, Christ-centered educational opportunities to students from six-weeks-old through 8th grade in Milton and from 9th through 12th grade in Georgetown.
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The Israel J-Term students spent time on the Sea of Galilee Worship Boat. Pictured below are DCHS sophomores Abby Agapito and Leah Schlabach, junior Kailee Daisy, and freshman Nick Dykstra.
Before snorkeling on the local reefs, DCHS sophomores Brea Purnell and Caitlin Milliken on the Marine Biology J-Term were excited to see the “Christ of the Deep” statue with their own eyes.
Students on the Delmarva Christian Relief J-Term provided, served, and supported different organizations of Homeless Shelthers and Food Pantries in Sussex County. DCHS sophomore Mackenzie Hopkins serves guests at the A.C.E. Peer Resource Center on Thursday, January 11.
During J-Term, thirty-four students participated in an internship with a prospective employer in a field of interest to them. DCHS freshman Erin Parker spent her two-week period working alongside Bay to the Beach Builders where she attended the NAHB International Builders Show (IBS). Co-star on HGTV’s show Flip or Flop Christina El Moussa shared with Erin about how wonderful it is that she is attending IBS at such a young age before posing for a picture together.