Salutations to you, Homeschooling families of New Jersey;
I would like to begin this newsletter by thanking Richard Millward, Minerva and their two daughters for all the years of great service and sacrifice to ENOCH, its board and all the families of New Jersey. Richard will continue to be a part of ENOCH as a Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ENOCH.
A little information about myself and my family. We, my wife and best friend, Jacqueline West just celebrate our 30th year of marriage this past August. We have homeschooled our children from the beginning and thru High School. We were part of CHUC (Christian Homeschoolers of Union County) for over 26 years. We also homeschooled Jackie's brother and sister in the High School phase of their life. They had been H.S. dropouts, yet when they were homeschooled they excelled greatly. We have been very active in ENOCH for many years now. For about 9 years we have been the ENOCH Conference Registration Coordinators and we became the Central Enoch Representatives. I have been vice president of ENOCH for 2 years and was elected as president in July, 2016.
I look forward to working alongside you the homeschool community and families of New Jersey. Please keep myself, my family and the ENOCH Organization in your prayers. We are looking forward to great and marvelous things the Lord will do in this great and marvelous state of New Jersey.
We have just returned from a week long trip to Asheville, NC where we were part of two separate homeschool conferences for State leaders of every state including international countries. The second conference, hosted by HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association), was a very valuable and very informative conference wherein we gathered with many Godly leaders of various vital and impacting similar organizations. There are many events occurring in and around our world and we are here for "such a time as this". Together we, you and I, can make a big difference in our neighborhoods and communities in New Jersey.
We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to serve you, the homeschooling families of New Jersey. We desire for a much better working relationship and would like for you to get more involved and pro-active in this state and homeschooling community. Working together to build up a Godly generation of young people who are our inheritance and leaders of the future.
Check out our below sites to remain connected with ENOCH and be aware of what is occurring statewide.
Please feel free to contact us!
Serving in God's Kingdom,
David A. West
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by: Josh and Karen Zarandona
Brenda was a young woman that wanted to learn to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death she went with a group and they faced this tremendous cliff of rock. Practically perpendicular. In spite of her fear, she put on the gear and she took a hold of the rope and she started up the face of that rock.
Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, whoever was holding the rope up at the top of the cliff made a mistake and snapped the rope against Brenda's eye and knocked out her contact lens.
You know how tiny contact lenses are and how almost impossible to find. Well, here she is on a rock ledge, with who know how many hundreds of feet behind and hundreds of feet above her. Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping that she would be able to find that contact lens. Here she was, very far from home. Her sight was now blurry. She was very upset by the fact that she wouldn't be anywhere near a place where she could get a new contact lens. And she prayed that the Lord would help her to find it.
Well, her last hope was that perhaps when she got to the top of the cliff, one of the girls that was up there on the top might be able to find her contact lens in the corner of her eye. When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye. There was no contact lens to be found. She sat down with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest of them to come up the face of the cliff.
She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that Bible verse that says, "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth." She thought, "Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every single stone and leaf that's on those mountains and You know exactly where my contact lens is."
Finally, the time came when it was time to go down. They walked down the trail to the bottom. Just as they got there, there was a new party of rock climbers coming along. As one of them started up the face of the cliff, she shouted out, "Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?"
Well, that would be startling enough, wouldn't it? She had found the contact lens! But you know why she saw it? An ant was carrying that contact lens so that it was moving slowly across the face of the rock.
What does that tell you about the God of the universe? Is He in charge of the tiniest things? Do ants matter to Him? Of course they do. He made them. He designed them.
Brenda told me that her father is a cartoonist. When she told him this incredible story, he drew a picture of that ant lugging that contact lens (as you see in the comics with a balloon with words in it over his head) with the words: "Lord, I don't know why You want me to carry this thing. I can't eat it and it's awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for You."
If God is in charge of the ants, don't you think He cares about you and me? I guess Solomon was right. One could learn a valuable lesson from that ant -- trust in God. We could probably all say a little more often, "God, I don't know why you want me to carry this load. I see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. Still, if you want me to, I'll carry it for You."
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."
NEEDED LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
We are looking for a person or two who would serve as a liaison for HSLDA and ENOCH in serving the homeschool community and the politicians in Trenton. Liaison should possess knowledge in the legislative process in New Jersey, including how a bill is introduced, the hearing and voting requirements of the N.J. Assembly and Senate, as well as the governor's final approval. Liaison must also be familiar with the regulatory agencies and law in New Jersey where such agencies or laws could have an impact on home education. These include the Department of Education, the Division of Family Services, and the Child Advocate's Office.
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