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Students share foreign foods
Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) held its 11th annual Missions Bootcamp on February 7 and 8. Missions Bootcamp was started in 2003 under the leadership of Janie Wead and Bill '61 and Hilda Bradney. Each year, Bootcamp has served to prepare teams to be sensitive to the customs and value systems of different countries and to prepare students for the experience of entering a new culture. This year, Bootcamp was the first VFCC event held at The Conference Center at Valley Forge, which was generously donated to VFCC earlier this year, and is located four miles from the college. 

In total, there were nine teams in attendance, 89 students and faculty and nine students studying Intercultural Studies, who will be participating in internships around the world. The spring teams will be traveling to Eurasia, Romania and Nicaragua. Additionally, VFCC's Concert Choir will be going to Italy this spring. Other teams will be traveling over the summer to Asia, Greece and Northern Ireland.

“We are about training and equipping the body of Christ to care for the lost and to purposefully activate them for ministry,” said Rev. Jennifer Duncan, the Chair of the Intercultural Studies Department. “That is part of what is accomplished at Bootcamp." 

Bootcamp was originally run by the Intercultural Studies faculty, however, over time the responsibilities have shifted to the Missions Committee, this year led by Rev. Duncan and 12 students. Each of the student team leaders played a large role in facilitating the details of Bootcamp, which added another element to their leadership training and preparation. 

On Friday evening, due to dangerous weather conditions, the teams remained at VFCC for the first leg of the event which was held at Solomon’s Porch. Bootcamp began with a planned delay in the schedule as a first lesson to team members that, overseas, schedules at social gatherings are not always fixed. Leaders from several teams led a study on biblical servanthood and in a spirit of reverence, each team participated in a foot washing ceremony and partook in communion together. At the end of the night, each team was given an opportunity to share the mission of their trip and was lifted up in prayer. 

Rev. Duncan expressed the crucial value of the events of the first night; “Friday evening is spent in consecration to the Lord, in specific, concentrated prayer, in unity with each other and in spiritual readiness. The Holy Spirit is given much room to challenge and change us.” 

Bootcamp continued Saturday morning at The Conference Center at Valley Forge. The events of Saturday revolved around cultural exposure and sensitivity training. VFCC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Kevin Beery, led the teams in a devotional on sacrificial living in ministry. Dr. Beery served with his family as missionaries to Bulgaria for 19 years. Students were then challenged with the opportunity to enter into a time of foreign styles of prayer and worship despite language barriers and cultural differences. Team building exercises and games taught students to work around these barriers to accomplish goals. The highlight of Bootcamp, and perhaps the most difficult exercise, was the challenge to politely receive and eat foreign and unfamiliar foods. 

“We always enjoy watching students eating things that aren't their normal fare, like fish heads, eel, worms and bugs, and then teaching them etiquette in cultural situations,” Rev. Duncan said. 

The day concluded with lunch provided at the conference center and an opportunity for students to submit questions anonymously to a panel of missionaries who were glad to share wisdom from their life experiences. 

“[Issues of] cultural awareness, safety, missionary cues, dos and don'ts, etiquette and gender, among other topics, were discussed and illustrated through games, team building exercises and scenarios acted out,” said Rev. Duncan, describing Bootcamp on Saturday. 

To see the blog for Romania, go to: romaniatcmissionstrip.wordpress.com
To see the blog for Nicaragua, go to: lovefornicaragua.com

Missions Bootcamp 2014 February 26, 2014
Flag from the Republic of Congo
Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC)  was honored to add a 53rd flag to the number of flags raised in Flower Chapel. In Chapel on January 28, 2014, President Don Meyer introduced alumnus Rachel DiTrolio ’10 via Skype video to present the newest flag representing the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she is currently serving as a missionary associate with the Assemblies of God (AG). 

DiTrolio is working alongside Pat and Suzanne Hurst, who have served as missionaries in Africa for nearly 25 years. Together with them, DiTrolio is currently serving the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo through a ministry teaching English and offering business classes to reach women for Christ, as well as to provide them with education in cottage-industry development.

Rachel DiTrolio is the oldest daughter of David '79 and Rosemarie '79 DiTrolio, AG missionaries in Paraguay for over 30 years. During her undergraduate years at VFCC, Rachel had hoped to use her major to help underprivileged children at home and abroad, and says now that she is constantly surprised at how God continues to orchestrate the pieces of her life, her passions and her dreams. 

Speaking in Chapel, DiTrolio referenced her grandfather, Samuel DiTriolio, Sr. '57, who served VFCC on the Board of Trustees and whose faith left an invaluable impact on the history of the college during a time of financial hardship. Today, he lends his name to one of the women's dorm buildings which honors his memory and contributions. Rachel said that God had “impacted his heart for mission in Africa,” and although he was never able to go, she feels that she has fulfilled his wish. 

“Not only does the flag represent the legacy towards mission that God began in my grandfather's life, but it carries on the legacy that VFCC instilled in me, to prepare me for leadership in the church and overseas,” DiTrolio said.

“When I was there, sitting in chapel, I would hear Dr. Meyer begin to count those flags, and the idea of going where no other alumni had gone before thrilled me,” DiTrolio said. She said she hoped the presentation of the flag brought honor to God, to her grandfather and to VFCC, and also that it would forever stand as a reminder of God’s faithfulness in her own life.

DiTrolio encouraged the students of VFCC to pray and consider a life of “Jesus-filled adventure in the wilds of Africa.”

“This place is huge, the need is overwhelming!” she said. “Don’t be a Jonah!”

VFCC is delighted to be the alma mater of alumni such as Rachel DiTrolio, whose life stands as a bold statement of God’s sovereign hand and the power of a godly legacy. We pray God’s richest blessings for her life and highly anticipate greater reports in the future God has for her.

Alumnus Presents New Flag: Democratic Republic of Congo February 19, 2014
photo of Dr. David Mohan
Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) was honored to host Rev. David Mohan, Ph.D. in a very special chapel service on January 27, 2014. Dr. Mohan is the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God in India and the Senior Pastor of New Life Assembly of God (a 40,000-member church located in Chennai). Having a wealth of experience in Christian leadership, he was invited to VFCC to offer young Christian leaders his valuable perspective while visiting the U.S. from India.
Dr. Mohan started following Christ in 1968, when he was 21 years old. He went on to complete a theological studies program at Southern Asia Bible College (SABC) in Bangalore, India. While studying, Dr. Mohan had the opportunity to pastor a small church in Bangalore; soon after, he was blessed with a partner in ministry – his new wife. The church then grew from seven to 30,000 people, as the Lord moved mightily and the Mohan family served faithfully. Dr. Mohan is currently General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God in India, as well as southern Asia’s representative to the World Assemblies of God. He also chairs the National Prayer and Church Transformation Initiative, which is involved in prayer ministry, leadership development and church planting. Furthermore, Dr. Mohan, is on the board of directors for Church Growth International. In March 2009, he was recognized for his obedience and excellence in ministry with an honorary doctorate from SABC.
The students and staff here at VFCC received wisdom from an experienced professional minister. However, rather than sharing ministry strategies and outreach methods, Dr. Mohan took time to encourage our students with the Word of God. Using 1 Timothy 4:6-10 as the main text, he urged the audience to train their spirits in righteousness, being wary of godless ideas and false teachings. The sermon that Dr. Mohan delivered may prove to be one of the most edifying teachings our students will encounter in their time at VFCC.

Wisdom from the Assemblies of God in India February 11, 2014
On November 18, Mayor Leo Scoda was honored by Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) for his outstanding service in the borough of Phoenixville. As Scoda will be concluding 16 years of mayoral leadership at the end of this year, VFCC took the opportunity to pay tribute to his involvement in both our college and our community.
Scoda has been in office since the start of 1998. In addition to his political leadership, he taught biology at Phoenixville Area High School for 35 years, where he also coached the boys tennis team (and has done so for 48 years, culminating with his induction to the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame and recognition from Sports Illustrated).

Dr. Kevin Beery, Vice President of Academic Affairs, opened the chapel service with the words, “It’s good to give honor to whom honor is due … and we pray that will happen in today’s chapel service.”

After a performance from the VFCC Concert Choir and words of appreciation from President Meyer, Scoda was publicly esteemed by a group of his peers. Speakers that offered words of veneration included Dr. Louis Beccaria (President and CEO of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation), Donald Coppedge (Founder of the Phoenixville Area Social Concerns Committee), and Chester County Commissioners Ryan Costello and Terence Farrell.
Dr. Meyer and the President's Cabinet presented an award of recognition to Scoda, for his outstanding years of service. Scoda was also presented a VFCC hooded sweatshirt and crested blanket, along with the title of “honorary alumnus.”
In his reflections, Mayor Scoda stated, "I made it one of my goals as mayor that I would support, whenever I could, the college here and I have been repaid ten-fold by the students and faculty with their commitment to the greater Phoenixville community through Community Service Day and the Christmas concert, and by the students who work with our local churches and our local groups – and for that I salute you." 
VFCC thanks Mayor Scoda for his many years of exceptional leadership and service, for his role in our community and his partnership with our institution.

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Honoring Mayor Leo Scoda December 02, 2013