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E-News December Issue 11, Volume 1

2010 Convention
May 7th & 8th is the 2010 HOW Convention in Douglas!  Check out the Walking in the Promises website here.  How are you doing in your recruitment efforts for the Convention?  Last month I challenged every reader to invite one family to join them each month from now until May, 2010.  This month how about giving the Convention as a gift to another homeschool family?  Offer to pay their registration it's a gift that will keep on giving long after the Convention is over.   Let's show our support by attending the Wyoming Homeschool Convention so that it continues to bless families in Wyoming for years to come. 

Parental Rights Update
There are now 128 Co-Sponsors in the House of Representatives (a gain of 1 from last month) and 6 Co-Sponsors in the Sentate for the Parental Rights Amendment.  Email Senator Enzi and Senator Barasso again and ask them to support S.J. Res 16, the Parental Rights Amendment.  Evidently they didn't hear from enough people last month.  Also see December appeal at the bottom of this column. 
Read the article this month on: Refuting the Critics

Recommended Resources for December
Homeschool Dropouts DVD  Why the second generation is now headed for a spiritual wasteland. 
A Journey Home DVD  Check out the trailer

Videos You Ought To See
Check out these great videos:
*Please note that HOW does not endorse or approve of all of the content on youtube or any other secondary website that is linked in our Enews. We try to refer you to items of interest to homeschooling families but cannot control content of other websites.

Courageous  The fourth movie from Sherwood Pictures (Flywhell, Facing the Giants, Fireproof) is being written right now.  Pray for all those involved in this effort.
Doug Phillip's "Freedom At Risk"

December Appeal
We as homeschoolers know that parents, not the government, are charged with raising our children.  Maintaining the rights of parents is crucial to protecting children and strengthening families.  more...

Prayer Requests
HOW is a ministry to Wyoming Homeschool Families. As a ministry we want to uplift one another in prayer when we are able. Please let us know of any : prayer requestsand we will include them on our prayer page. We will keep them posted each month until you update us on a situation so please stay in contact.
Please spend a few minutes today uplifting these people in prayer:

Pray for the HOW Board Member families as they serve Wyoming Homeschoolers

Pray for our County Contacts that keep us updated with pertinant information.

Pray for the 2010 Convention Speakers: Marcelo & Valerie Tolopilo

Our Legislators: 40 Days of Prayer for them (see Events)

Teen Pact
February 8-12, 2010.  Register today!


We Get The Gifts
By Todd Smith

     There is something special about December.  Even though we try to put as many holiday events into one month as we can, parties and celebrations and events, there is something about Christmas that makes us hit the pause button on our lives and reflect on the birth of Christ.  Our thoughts go to that babe born in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago and we all get at least a taste of that “Silent Night”. 

      Sometimes we adults lose some of the joy of Christmas because we lose focus.  We get carried away by calendars and events and shopping and budgets and work and…………

     I hope that I can remember as the years go by the excitement that children naturally have at this time of year.  Around our house by the time Thanksgiving hit our youngest two (6 and 9 years old) were already wrapped up in the excitement of Christmas.  When can we put up the tree?  When can we go shopping?  When do we get to do the Live Nativity?  They get excited for all the things that Christmas brings. 

     And sometimes I wonder if my children get the real message of Christmas or if they have been commercialized as we all tend to get at times.  So I begin to ask them questions about Christmas.  Why is it important?  Or I suggest maybe we cancel Christmas this year.  At which point my six year old replies with a sparkle in her eyes, “You can’t cancel Jesus’ birthday.”

     Maybe we adults are more commercialized than they are.  I went on in our discussion to ask, “If it is Jesus’ birthday, why do we get presents?  My six year old said, “I don’t know, I’ll have to think about that.”

     But isn’t that the true message of Christmas.  Jesus came to this earth as a gift for us.  He was born so that we could receive the presents of grace and love and ultimate forgiveness for our sins through His death and resurrection.

     Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy God’s gifts to you!

The Miracle of Christmas

Greetings to all of you and may the joy of this wonderful season fill your homes.  In our home the reality of what Christmas means seems to become clearer as we draw closer to December the twenty-fifth.  Every night as we celebrate Advent with the children the miracle of Christmas becomes all the more astonishing to us.  more...

There are two upcoming events sponsored by WyWatch that I think every Wyoming citizen ought to participate in.  Back in July I proposed an idea of families gathering in Cheyenne on Feb. 8th to show our support for traditional marriage after the marriage amendment was defeated last year.  The prayer rally on Sat. Feb. 6th is a much better idea and I am asking families to join me in Cheyenne that day.  I know it will be a great sacrifice for many families to travel to Cheyenne and brave the cold and roads in February but sacrifice is often necessary.  If you can make it to Cheyenne please contact me with your name, city and number of people coming.  Promote this in your Churches and homeschool groups and let's get thousands to gather in Cheyenne on Feb. 6th.   -- Todd Smith
40 Days of Prayer Event:  We are asking Pastors and churches to participate in a state-wide coordinated effort to pray for our upcoming legislative session, the state of Wyoming, and for our nations starting on December 31, 2009 and ending on February 8th, 2010 (the first day of the legislative session). We will be using a devotional published by Thomas Nelson published titled “If My People…  to help citizens across Wyoming feel comfortable spending a few minutes each day praying for our leaders.   The books are available through our organization at a dramatically reduced cost. 
LEGISLATIVE PRAYER CARDS:  We have legislative prayer cards available for Pastors to pass out to their congregation in order to encourage Christians to be praying for the Wyoming state leaders.  The cards measure  3 ½ x 4 ½ inches.  They come in a set of 90.
1st Annual Legislative Prayer Rally:  We are organizing a prayer rally at the state capitol building front steps for Saturday, February 6th, at 1:30 PM in order to provide encouragement, uplifting prayers to the God-fearing true statesmen and women of the legislature.  We will also spend some time praying for the state leaders and the nation.   
So many of our God-fearing, dedicated servants who have been elected to the state legislature are discouraged and need our support.  It helps them to know that the citizens of Wyoming support them in their efforts to stand for life, marriage, and other Judeo-Christian Principles.    So many of these strong leaders have consistently asked our organization, “Where is the Church?” and they are right.  Where is the Church?  We should be taking a stand and letting the legislators know the will of the people.  Will you join us on February 6th, 2010?
For more information see WyWatch's page on prayer.




December 18 is the deadline for registration with the Scripps National Spelling Bee program. To participate, students must either attend a school that is registered with the Scripps National Spelling Bee program or if home schooled, register with Scripps directly. more...


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