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July - August 2016 eNewsletter

July - August 2016 eNewsletter


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Dear Homeschoolers of New Jersey,

This will be my last article for the newsletter. I am stepping down as President of ENOCH effective July 31st. David West will be taking over as President August 1st. David has been Vice-President for the past two years and also serves with his wife Jackie as the Central New Jersey Representative for ENOCH.

I have enjoyed my years serving on the Board of ENOCH, even with its ups and downs. My wife and I came on the ENOCH Board in 2002 as Central Jersey Reps. and started working at the conventions. We had the opportunity to be interim missionaries in 2004 for three months. With our children, we served with a children’s work on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. After we came back to the US, I worked at various positions at ENOCH’s conventions and then came back on the Board in April 2008 as President. I also became Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ENOCH.

Over the years I have seen the many changes in homeschooling in New Jersey. Here are some things I have noticed over the years:

  1. We went through a few close calls as the State Legislature tried regulating homeschooling in New Jersey.
  2. I have seen the decline in attendance at the conventions as the internet seems to be more and more the go to place for parents to buy curriculum.
  3. I have seen the decline of support groups due to all the social media sites replacing support groups.
  4. I have also met many amazing homeschool students and their parents over the years throughout New Jersey and across the country.
  5. I have been fortunate to spend time with leaders throughout the state, hear their concerns, endeavor to help with those concerns and reach out to the homeschool communities.

ENOCH has been a large part of my life for quite a number of years and now it is time for me to take a new path with my family.

Thank you all for your kind words, encouragement, insights, and more. My family and I are grateful to many of you. You have blessed my heart.

Taking a new journey with Him,

Rich Millward
President of ENOCH

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Thank you again!

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ENCOURAGING WORDS

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Four Tools for Character Training

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?

The Bible

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.

OTHER EVENTS

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Piano Instructor – Middletown, NJ Area

Dance Classses

The Original Music Store

Simply Living For Him Retreat

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