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E-News January Issue 1, Volume 3


Win a FREE HSLDA Membership
We want to encourage you to join HOW. Thomas Jefferson once said, "The Price of Freedom is eternal vigilance." We appreciate the homeschooling freedoms we enjoy in Wyoming today and we thank the pioneers who blazed the trail before us. That being said, we know that Thomas Jefferson's words ring true. HOW exists to promote homeschooling within our State and to work together with like-minded families to preserve our freedoms. Will you join with us in this eternal vigilance? By being members of HOW not only do you get all the great benefits listed below but you also become a formal part of the HOW team as we work together in this state. Just as joining Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) gives you the legal protection for homeschooling, joining HOW gives you a network of families who will work together to preserve your freedoms and will be there for you when our freedoms are threatened. Twenty dollars a year is a small amount to give for the benefits you receive. As a team we will accomplish far more together than we will as individual families.
Join HOW before February 28th and be entered to win a free membership to HSLDA. Buy a HOW membership for a friend and be entered twice! Learn more here.


HOW Convention
Please join us for the Homeschoolers of Wyoming Convention on May 13 & 14, 2010. Visit this page to find out more: http://www.homeschoolersofwy.org/convention.asp. We are still updating this page so be sure to check back often.


TeenPact Wyoming 2011
At the capitol building in Cheyenne
February 14-18, 2011
Visit www.teenpact.com/wyoming for more information.

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 WyWatch especially during legislation (starting January 11) as they work to protect life, family, and marriage.

   



Starting Fresh
By Todd Smith
     I love the start of a brand new year. Many people don’t like to make New Year’s Resolutions because they are often quickly broken, but I for one love them because I view them as spiritual goals. I resolve, I commit myself to strive to do the following . . . and then I prayerfully make a list of personal, family, school, work, church, etc. goals. I have found that by setting goals I don’t always accomplish everything on my list but I do accomplish a whole lot more than I would if I didn’t set any.
     January is also a great time to pause and evaluate how the school year is going so far. Did you meet all those goals you set out to do in September? I know we didn’t but with a New Year we can assess where we are at and adjust, not starting over but finding out what is going to work best for our family as we move into 2011.
     I also like the aspect of looking back at the end of a year and seeing all the things that God has done and is doing in our lives. Even with ups and downs of life, I can see God’s faithfulness and His guiding hand. Take some time to remember how good God is and look forward to what lies ahead with great anticipation.
     Many will make all sorts of predictions for the New Year. Many have ideas of what lies ahead. This one thing I do know; God is still in control. God will be honored as families strive to serve Him. Enjoy the journey of educating your children at home. Take some time to play in the snow or enjoy a cup of hot cocoa with the family and always, always give God praise for the great things He has done and will do.
     Happy 2011! May God bless your family richly.


More than a Government Class

By Kiefer Partridge 

     If you’re like most people, the thought of getting up in front of a group of people to speak makes you weak in the knees. When you say “I’d rather die than do that,” you’re probably not joking—statistics show that the average person fears public speaking more than death.
     So if I wanted to convince you to come to an event, telling you that public speaking is involved would probably be the wrong thing to say.
     Well, that’s what I’m going to do. This February, you and other students across the state have the opportunity to attend the Wyoming state TeenPact class. You’ll learn a million things related to government—from parliamentary procedure and interpreting the Constitution, to public speaking and debating bills in a mock legislative session.
     Yes, there’s public speaking involved. Yes, the guys have to wear ties. The girls have to wear skirts. And yes, there’s homework to do.
     But don’t run away just yet. more...

Biblical Principles of Business

By Stephen McDowell, 2011 HOW Convention Speaker

Exemplified in the Life of Cyrus Hall McCormick, a Reaper in the Kingdom
He Advanced Civilization and Destroyed Famine by Fulfilling His Kingdom Business
     In the parable in Luke 19:11-27, Jesus instructs us in how we should live on the earth as we wait for, and assist in bringing forth, His kingdom. Jesus related this parable because “they supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately.” Among other things, He wanted to correct their view of how the kingdom would come.
He told us to “do business with this until I come back” (vs. 13). The this are minas, which certainly speak of wise money usage, but in a broader sense represent the talents, skills, and abilities God has given each of us. God created us for a purpose (Gen. 1:26-28). He wants us to work as partners with Him to take dominion over the earth by using the talents He has given us. These talents express themselves in the business or work He has called us to perform. Our work is a vital part of God’s plan for us and the nations. As we are faithful to labor hard and multiply what He has given us, we will be taking part in bringing forth His Kingdom on earth and being a blessing to the nations.
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