Thursday, March 13, 2008


Joshua & Valerie have been attending a speech & debate class on Saturdays offered by the Assistant Professor of Speech & Communication (Dr. Srader is a former assistant debate coach at Baylor University and the University of Georgia, and former interim director of speech and debate at Arizona State University) at Northwest Christian College in Eugene, OR. This has been a wonderful opporunity for them! Especially because the classes (for homeschoolers only) are FREE!! The classes began on February 16, and will continue for 12 weeks.

Joshua, Valerie and Noah will also be attending TeenPact in April. (TeenPact is a comprehensive leadership experience that brings kids closer to Jesus Christ, makes them better leaders, and positions them to impact public policy in their state. During TeenPact, students meet important officials, interact with other like-minded students, and have more fun at the capitol than they could have ever imagined. Students leave inspired and challenged with an intensive desire to change America for Christ.) For more info go to:

On Saturday, May 3, 2008, Joshua, Valerie & Rick will be attending "The Rebelution Tour" in the Portland area. The Rebelution is an awesome movement started by Alex & Brett Harris (sons of Gregg Harris). The official definition of the 'rebelution' is "a teenage rebellion against the low expectations of an ungodly culture." The battle cry of The Rebelution is "Do Hard Things" - also the name of their book, being released April 15. For more info go to:

As you can see, we are keeping ourselves busy - but busy with excellent opportunities for the children to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ & challenge them to make a difference.

**Stay tuned for updates from the kids about their experiences...

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