Matthew J. DeWelt Christian Character Award Plaques Dedicated “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalms 90:12
THE DEWELT FAMILY
As you walk into the doors of College Heights Christian School, you will be immediately greeted by two plaques recognizing our Christian Character Award Recipients. The class of 2011 donated the plaques in a dedication ceremony in November. The plaques honor all Christian Character Award recipients from 1988-2011, with additional space for future names. Each year, seniors nominate three individuals for the award and then vote for one to represent their class. In 1993 the award name was changed to honor Matthew J. DeWelt, whose earthly life came to an end in a tragic car accident while he was a student at CHCS. The students and staff thank the class of 2011 for this very special donation.
Blackbox International Blackbox International is a faith based organization that was formed on January 1, 2010. It is a Christ-centered, notfor-profit organization that exists to holistically rehabilitate sex-trafficked boys ages 16 and under. Blackbox exists to provide the aftercare component for boys rescued from sex trafficking. Initially they looked at the specific issue of boys that are involved with sex tourism. Blackbox seeks to help these boys find healing from their past, joy in their present, and purpose for their future. They need help emotionally, physically, academically and spiritually. They need to learn what it means to be a Godly man. They need nothing less than Jesus, and the hope, joy and peace that comes from Him. CHCS Alumni, Brian Jennings (1993) and Troy Garris (1996) and alumni parent Chris DeWelt are currently serving on the board of trustees for Blackbox International. Visit www.blackboxinternational.org for more information.
Studying Abroad in Amman, Jordan by Rachel Calandro (2009)
Majors: International Relations; Middle Eastern Studies Minor: Arabic at University of Arkansas I knew before I started looking at colleges that I wanted to study abroad. I chose my college (University of Arkansas – Fayetteville) largely based on its excellent Arabic program. I looked forward to my eventual study abroad experience. After wavering between going abroad for one semester or two, I thought to myself, “Hey. You’ll only get the opportunity once to go to Jordan for free. Why not just take the opportunity to spend as much time there as you can? What’s stopping you from going the whole year?” So, that’s what I did. I signed up for a full academic year abroad and didn’t even buy a plane ticket home for Christmas break. In September, I packed my bags and headed to Amman, Jordan. I got off the plane, having taken two years of intensive Arabic (5 days a week), and was immediately presented with my first problem. The Arabic that I was taught was all but useless in the face of actual spoken language. I had been learning classical Arabic, which means I could read the Quran, newspapers and classical poetry like a pro, and I could whip out minute grammar rules like “case endings” off the top of my head, but when it came to asking if I could help with the dishes, tell the taxi driver directions, say the food was delicious, or that I wanted something, I was hopeless! However, slowly, but surely I got the hang of the vital phrases I needed to function in real life—not just the world of classical texts! Since my first few weeks, I have learned so much about how to live here. It’s much more than just learning the language. I’m often asked, “What is the most different thing about Jordan”? Well, to be honest, that is a difficult question. Life here is so different than in the Unites States that it’s hard to pick one thing. However, if I had to pick one, I would say driving, because it was the very first thing I noticed. Driving here is honestly crazy! The lines in the road (if they exist) are not important in the slightest. A driver inches forward, honking and flashing his lights to signal to others what his intentions are. I am honestly shocked that there are not more accidents, because traffic rules are not observed. Sometimes, I wonder if they even exist. Also, people park on sidewalks, and everyone folds their mirror in when they park, because people drive so close to each other getting your mirrors taken off is honestly a very big risk. When walking through traffic, one does not wait for traffic to clear. One walks forward with no hesitation, and cars that are flying by will stop. That was a bit of a rush at first, but now it’s normal. It’s been really great to be here from a spiritual standpoint as well. I live with a Muslim family, and most of my friends are also Muslim. However, evangelizing is illegal. The aspect I have come to appreciate most about the body of Christ is that we are family. Whenever life is challenging or I want to celebrate something, I automatically turn to one of the few believers I know. I have a sister in Christ here that I did not know prior to coming to Jordan. I can pour my heart out to her when I need to because we have a relationship with the same Savior. Overall, my ability to share about Jesus through stories, my ability to lead and find other Christians, and my awareness in dealing with Muslims have all grown. I have realized my total dependence on God, because there are some days when there really is no one else at all to turn to. Jordan has been a great growing experience for me, in terms of learning the language and culture, learning about myself and others, and my spiritual growth. After I return from my study abroad, I have one more year of college, then I need to figure out what I’m doing with my life! I think I will come back to live in the Middle East. I might teach English, work for an Non-Governmental Organization , or work through a Christian organization.
Published on Jun 14, 2012