J-Term 2020: Another Big Success
A sewing class? A trip to Boston? Serving the needy in the Miami Valley and beyond? All of these experiences are available to Dayton Christian School junior and high school students in the annual two-week period at DC known as J-term.
The students on the Dominican Republic team worked hard to help the Fountain of Life Church and Christian School in Juan Tomas with various construction jobs, including building steps, painting, and finishing walls in the church and school. They developed deep relationships with the Dominican students, focused on their own relationships with the Lord, and the highlight of the trip was having our own Pastor Robert Lyons speak at the church where two people accepted Christ as Savior.
The Jamaica team ministered to the staff and students of the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf with skits, songs and personal testimonies. They also built a retaining wall to keep the water storage area clean and worked on planting a field. Brian Hartz, a member of DC’s maintenance team, helped the school resolve some of the electrical issues they’ve been having. Three students from CCCD came to know the Lord because of the presentations, testimonies, and relationship-building efforts of this team. Praise the Lord!
Students on the Philadelphia team spent several days ministering to children at Christ’s Home Children’s Services in Warminster, Pennsylvania. They cleaned out a basement in a soon-to-be demolished building and helped to organize donations that were collected over Christmas. Afterwards, the students visited the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and other historical sites around Philadelphia.
The Urban Missions team focused on being the hands and feet of Jesus here in Dayton. They served at Matthew 25 Ministries, Hope House, City Gospel Mission, Good Neighbor House and the Dayton Food Bank. The team verse was Isaiah 58:10: “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.” The team strove to fulfill this verse in their own lives as their worked with homeless shelters, clothing ministries, and ministries to the needy in the Miami Valley.
Dayton Christian students that chose the Strength to Stand J-term class had the opportunity to participate in a variety of service projects in the Dayton area, including Hope House, Matthew 25 Ministries, Good Neighbor House, Grace Point Fellowship, and the Gospel Mission. The class concluded with a trip to Pigeon Forge, where students were part of the largest student gathering for Jesus in America with over 12,000 students present. Over 1,400 students gave their lives to Christ at this Strength to Stand event, and also got to worship on Sunday with Kanye West. The event was featured in news articles across the country, including Fox News.
In addition to these mission trips, DC students participated in several educational trips.
The College Road Trip traveled almost 1700 miles to visit universities in Ohio, Indiana, Virginia and Tennessee. The trip included stops at Liberty, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Lipscomb, Belmont, Lee, Indian Wesleyan, Taylor, Cedarville,Ohio State, University of Dayton and more.
Over the course of six days our students on the Boston trip walked in the footsteps of America’s forefathers. They marched across the North Bridge in Concord where the momentum of the patriots’ pursuit for civil liberties shifted toward revolution. They walked on the floorboards where Jo Marsh and her sisters acted out Little Women. They traveled the path to Thoreau’s Walden Pond cabin site; climbed the 294 steps of the Bunker Hill monument; boarded the deck of Old Ironsides; and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the patriots as their resolve became revolutionary at Old South Meeting House. The journey ended with a sobering trip to the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset, Pennsylvania where our students learned about the sacrifice of modern-day patriots on 9/11.
Dayton Christian high school students do not have to travel to take advantage of the benefits of J-term. There were plenty of on-campus options to help students explore new subjects and learn new skills.
Students picked up new hobbies in sewing, cake decorating and bowling. They flexed their muscles in taekwondo and strength training classes. They learned about astronomy and robotics. They conducted science experiments in a junior high STEM class and learned about STEM careers in a high school class. They focused on the arts by learning new musical instruments, made screen-printed t-shirts, and studied the role of history and film.
It was a great J-term! Thank you to all who planned, coordinated, led, attended, chaperoned, and participated to make J-term 2020 another successful Dayton Christian event!