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Inside the Christian School is a series of reflections on aspects of Christian school education. Head of School, Steve Dill and members of the Delaware County Christian School (DC) Community contribute posts to the blog. Readers are encouraged to email authors of the posts with feedback. The content of the writing often uses DC as the example, but hopefully these thoughts also apply to Christian schools throughout the world. God has used Christian schools to shape thousands of believers in the past, and we believe He will continue to use these schools to make significant “kingdom impact” for years to come. 

Blessings in Bolivia

We give thanks to the Lord for his many blessings on our trip to Bolivia, J Term 2011. We appreciate the many prayers for a safe trip, no extreme sickness, being able to obtain our visas at the border and the settling of political unrest before our arrival. In addition to God answering these specific prayers, He was also at work as we ministered in various ways.

It was a blessing to come alongside two local churches and help them with their construction work in progress as well as provide Vacation Bible School for the children in the community. Additionally, we were able to offer clothing, shoes, teaching materials and hygiene supplies for those in need.

Our lives were touched by the generosity, acceptance and sincere love expressed by the Bolivian people. It was an amazing experience to worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ from another part of the world. Though at times we worshiped in different languages, including the native Indian language, Quechua we felt the presence of the Lord because our worship was in one accord.

As a DC team the "unique design" of each individual was evident while they filled the roles necessary to make this trip a success. Some were active leaders when interacting with the children while others related in a quieter manner. Each found a way to serve naturally within a certain parameter of comfort while still being stretched.

Once again we want to thank everyone for all of your prayers and support. The Lord blessed our trip in many ways.

Maria Brittingham (mbrittingham@dccs.org)
Deanna Ng (dng@dccs.org)

Posted by dc-connect in Unique Design, Academics, Students on Thursday January 27, 2011 at 07:54PM
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J-Term: A New Type of Educational Experience, Part 2

WOW! What an amazing experience J-Term 2011 has been! We continually hear very positive comments from students, parents, and faculty regarding the over 30 different classes we have offered. Our students and faculty are animated and excited about opportunities to experience and explore different areas of giftedness and interest. At Delaware County Christian School, we believe the Bible teaches we are created to serve God through every aspect of our lives, and that service is inextricably tied to a person's design (Ephesians 2:10).

J-Term encourages students to explore the gifts and talents God has given them and to use them in serving their churches and the community. When we utilize our unique gifts in worship to our God we experience the joy of the Lord.

During the two weeks of J-Term we have:

  • Sent students on numerous trips to Philly, Bermuda, Bolivia, the DR, and New Orleans!
  • Renovated and remodeled the basement of the Mansion, and gotten well under way on the set for the HS play.
  • Sent over 60 students out on internships across the country and overseas!
  • Challenged our students intellectually and stimulated critical thinking through many different class discussions, debates, readings, movies, and much more.
  • Sent students out to serve with Habitat for Humanity (Coatesville), Philabundance, and much more.
  • Explored the worlds of Robotics, Fashion Design, Business, The Human Heart, Music Theory, Literature, Dance, and Education.
  • Stimulated student interest by introducing them to different cultures in Asian Fusion and International Film.
  • Assisted students in authoring their own Screenplays and preparing original works of Children's Theater set to tour several local Pre-Schools.
Posted by in Unique Design, Academics, Students on Thursday January 20, 2011 at 08:46AM
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J-Term: A New Type of Educational Experience, Part I

This January, 2011, Delaware County Christian School launched J-Term—a 10-day learning program which bridges the two academic semesters and supplements the DC educational experience with in-depth, experiential learning in a particular area of interest. Teachers designed courses that cover a wide range of interests - from mission projects and cultural/curricular extensions to leadership development and career exploration. J-term adds to an excellent college preparatory education at Delaware County Christian School that is truly comprehensive and is designed to assist students' discernment of God's overall plan and purpose for their lives.

For J-Term, students in grades 9-12 choose from experiences and trips that provide:

  1. Stimulating educational experiences beyond the classroom;
  2. Service opportunities;
  3. Opportunities for students to identify and develop their God-given abilities, passions, and gifts for the sake of God's glory, and
  4. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning including outdoor activities,professionals as guest faculty, and intentional partnership with local churches.

J-Term encourages students to engage in God's world. The experience may influence a career choice, college major, or interest in further mission work, and it always enables students to mix with new friends who might not be in their classes, sports, clubs or grade level. It both creates community and takes our community out into the world. J-Term strengthens relationships with faculty, parents, and youth ministry leaders in a setting other than the traditional classroom.

Posted by in Unique Design, Academics, Students on Thursday January 13, 2011 at 04:57PM
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The Difference is Love

One Mom's Prayer Based On 1 Corinthians 13

If my child speaks with perfect grammar, logic, and sentence formation, but has not love, he is only another educated man. If he develops his full human potential academically, artistically, or athletically, but has not love, he will be empty. If he spends a summer with a humanitarian organization and works his fingers to the bone, but has not love, he gains nothing.

Christ like love is very different from worldly love. It is not motivated by money, or fame, or personal achievement. It does not center on my child. It centers him in a right relationship with God and in a body of believers. Love does not gloss over sinful behaviors, it exposes the Truth. He needs a school that shares that love...because that kind of love never fails.

My child's life on earth will someday pass away but things of eternity poured into him will endure. When he was a child, he talked like a child. He reasoned like a child. As he is becoming a man, he is learning to put spiritually immature ways behind him. Then he can have more love and be more ready for the day that he shall see our Lord face to face.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Delaware County Christian School and for every Christian school that is sharing your Love. You are Love (1 John 4:16). Help our children to know You.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor. 13:12

Jane Fischer,
DC Parent

Posted by dc-connect in Parenting on Thursday January 6, 2011 at 09:43AM
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