We completed our 26th annual conference on May 21st. We had nine curriculum vendors and a number of speakers, including Susan Kemmerer and Heloise Ridley. We held the event in Springfield at the Calvary Assemblies of God Church and our attendance was about 300.
Many people were appreciative for the conference even though it was smaller. They thoroughly enjoyed the speakers and had a chance to spend real time with the vendors. In all the years we have done this, we always hear the good and the bad. This year was no different. I understand people were disappointed. But we just don’t have the attendees we used to. The vendors pay in order to sell their merchandise as they share information about it. ENOCH endeavors to encourage the parents through the speakers; to give out needed information, etc. That is the heart of ENOCH.
After the conference, our house is a wreck. I wish more folks could see what happens before and after in our home. Our girls know it is convention time because of all the boxes. What added to the mess was me being hospitalized just before the conference and being told I may need major surgery. Fortunately, that did not happen! Then, two days before the conference, I had to be at the church dropping stuff off and setting up; mapping out the exhibitor hall; staging various areas; etc. Following the conference, we had to put the church back in order so that they would be able to have it ready for Sunday. Now it was time to pack up, clean, and organize. There was a lot of work involved. Why am I telling you all this? Well, because people have no idea what happens before or after. We send out emails soliciting volunteers for the conference, including the before and after. Everything goes back to our house to be put away. But it sat out for a few days because we were bone tired. Now, after all that is said and done, and I have put my family through a rough few months, I will admit that I was not expecting an email that strongly expressed their disappointment in the conference. It hurt. I will confess. I am only human. I let it sit for a few days before I answered it. I felt I needed to address the issues put in the email.
We so enjoy serving the homeschoolers of New Jersey. We have done it for many years. But sometimes it’s tough. We cannot satisfy everyone. We would appreciate your prayers and support.
President of ENOCH
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By: Lyndsay Lambert
A friend of mine once told me that if she was going to home school, she wanted to give her children things that they could not get anywhere else. I liked that, so I began to think about what that would be for my family. I decided it would be an education that incorporates scripture and character into all aspects of the curricula.
We believed that if we could teach our children to work with numbers, to read, and to write, and train them in character, they could educate themselves. How? They would have the tools and the desire, as well as the character needed to persevere. That does not mean we did not pursue academics; rather, we emphasized tools and character training as the most important part of schooling.
Character is moral or ethical quality. According to Character First, "Good character is the inward values that determine outward actions.” In practical terms, character is knowing what is expected and understanding why it is valuable to the extent that you are willing to do the right thing, even when no one is watching.
Why is character training important? Honestly, it makes everyone’s life easier. Think about it. If a person knows how to exhibit, for example, self-control, honor, contentment, and truthfulness, he will get along better with peers, he will be a better employee, and his parents will have more joy in raising him.
Also, our hearts’ desire was that all of our children would come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior at an early age and learn to walk with Him. We all come to Jesus with “grave clothes,” so to speak—habits and qualities that need to be “taken off” in the new life. We regarded character training as a way to help our children develop qualities and habits that would ease the transition from unsaved to serving the Savior.
So what are the four tools?
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired word of God—the final authority for all truth and practice. In other words, it is God’s handbook for life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) tells us, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
One day while meditating on this passage, I noticed a progression. The Bible teaches us God’s way. Doctrine tells us what that way is, reproof tells us how we have gotten off the right path, correction leads us back to the path, and instruction in righteousness teaches us how to stay on the path.
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