OliviaIn September ’08 I was able to attend a Journey to the Heart. In many ways I can see how God used those ten days in preparation for the time I spent at EXCEL this past fall. I know that both the Journey and EXCEL were instrumental in deepening my relationship with God and I feel blessed to have been able to participate in them.

During each week of EXCEL, we learned many new things about who our God is, and just how much He cares for and love us as individuals. I’m so thankful for Mr. and Mrs. Bell and all the other men and women who were willing to take time out of their busy schedules just to share with us what God has done in their lives. It would be impossible for me to single out one speaker or activity as my favorite, but I will say one of the best things about EXCEL was the friendly and encouraging atmosphere that we were surrounded with each day.

Often times I find myself being content with simply learning something and not actually taking what I’ve learned and using it to benefit others that God has placed in my life. At EXCEL, I felt that God was really emphasizing the importance of sharing what He has taught me and allowing Him to use me for His purposes, not mine. (Luke 12:48: “Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”)

Another part of my life that God has been working on is the area of contentment. When I take my focus off of God it’s so easy for me to become discontent with where I am and what I am doing . . . or not doing. Since going to EXCEL, I have had a new appreciation for my family and the opportunities God has given my at this point in my life. I am constantly reminded that God has a wonderful plan for my life and all I need to do is trust Him and give all my expectations to Him. (Psalm 62:5: “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”)

Olivia
September 2008 Girls’ Journey

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From the Dallas Ministry Center Director, here are more details about EXCEL:

dallasGreetings from the EXCEL office! We are excited to announce the dates for our next EXCEL classes and share a little bit about our program with you.

EXCEL is an 8-week program for young ladies aged 16 and older who would like to expand their vision of God, study aspects of the Proverbs 31 woman, improve their spiritual disciplines, and learn some valuable life skills.

Key topics covered are:

  • Learning to Rest in Jesus ~ Yvonne Welch
  • Courtship, a Lifetime Commitment ~ Bob Welch
  • Finding True Success in Life ~ Mike Bell
  • Expanding Your Vision of God ~ Elaine Bell
  • Excellence in Communication ~ Patricia Ballmann
  • Life Purpose Planning ~ Dewey Novotny
  • Standing Alone and Spiritual Gifts ~ Gary Fraley

Life skills taught:

  • Sewing Basics
  • Calligraphy
  • Banner Design and Construction
  • CPR
  • Etiquette
  • Basic Car Maintenance
  • Cake Decorating
  • Floral Arranging

The dates for EXCEL 34 are: February 1 – March 27, 2010

The cost for all of the housing and instruction for the entire eight weeks of EXCEL is $1,400. (Currently-enrolled ATI students can attend for $1,200.)

**A $200 discount is available for those who have been on a Journey to the Heart within a calendar year of the start date of the EXCEL they are enrolled in.**

For more information, please visiting our Web site at www.dallas.iblp.org. You can The Bellscontact the EXCEL office directly by e-mailing excel@dallas.iblp.org or calling 214-426-0001.

Your servants in Christ,

Mike & Elaine Bell
EXCEL Directors