By: Susan Gum // January 28th, 2016 // Distinctives Stories
A vital component of the mission at Delmarva Christian Schools (DCS) is to prepare students to know and do God’s will in their lives.
DCS offers many opportunities throughout the school year to accomplish this; but, for Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS) students, this culminates in J-Term.
J-Term is a two-week period between the fall and spring trimesters that enables students to discover God’s calling on their lives while pursuing their passions. During this time of intensive Christ-based study and work, students participate in a course of their choosing, of which include missions ministry trips, short-term career internships, academically-focused programs, community service projects, and regional conferences, amongst others.
DCHS sophomore Briana Taylor served with six other DCHS students on a missions team to Dürres, Albania. While in Albania, the students ministered to local teenagers, toured museums and landmarks to learn more about Albanian history and culture, and visited with other missionaries to discover how God had called them to the missions field.
“It’s hard to describe a time like this where you just feel so close to God and know you are doing exactly what He created you for,” said Briana. “Over the course of our week in Albania, God taught me so much.”
Dürres could be considered a desolate area, but Briana has hope.
“One simple thing that stood out to me was the meaning of the city’s name we were in,” said Briana. “The word Dürres means cursed. That is the label the world has put on them. However, if you look at Romans 15:19, Paul mentions witnessing in Illyricum—modern-day Albania. This word means freedom or joy. That is how the area is viewed in God’s word. He is no doubt working in this country.”
Though Briana has returned to the States, her experience continues to make an impact.
“It didn’t matter to me that Dürres was considered a materialistically poor place and didn’t have the luxuries we do here,” said Briana. “That’s where I found some of the most valuable things: real connections and joy in those around me. Dürres, Albania is on my heart and mind constantly. I hope to return soon and eventually stay long term.”