It’s impossible to sum up all that Teach Them Diligently Spartanburg was in a short blog post. The images and sounds embedded in my mind are many—a parking lot full to the brim, crowds of people, families learning together, laughter, tears, hugs, fellowship, encouragement, and so much more.
As I was thinking about this weekend yesterday, I “happened” upon this verse in my regular Bible reading:
“Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete” (2 John 12)
Now, there’s a great way to sum up the weekend!
God has brought together an amazing lineup of speakers and vendors– godly men and women who have poured out their lives to serve God’s family and at the conventions, you really have the ability to speak with them and learn from them face to face. It’s amazing!
Personally, my heart was blessed beyond measure, and I didn’t even get to sit in a single session. God allowed me to speak with many families, though. I got to hear their stories and share their joys and struggles. I saw speakers and writers laboring in love with ladies and gentlemen, praying with them, weeping with them, laughing with them, and just generally interacting with them. I was able to be ministered to as I pulled aside Melanie Young and allowed her to pour out grace unto my weary spirit.
There is nothing that can compare to the personal interactions you can enjoy on-site.
The recordings are incredible- and unbelievably helpful—but that fellowship and encouragement of being around thousands of other like-minded, similar-looking families is well worth the trip and price of admission. The ability to learn in-depth about the curriculums (and then purchase them at special conference pricing!!) is invaluable as you plan your next school year.
We have heard from so many that were blessed, and I wanted to share some of their stories with you today:
“Oh I had an awesome time. I’m overwhelmed with the way I feel God moving the homeschoolers to share the truth of God’s word. I went there thinking I needed to get a math program from my kids but left feeling like I’d been to revival. Thank you so much for the great speakers.”
“My heart is so full – thank you for the inspiring weekend and Christ like love that was exemplified I have praises to sing for those that worked in the children’s program (4 yr olds and 6 yr olds) and will send specifics of those praises next week. thank you for all the work!”
“Thank you for all the work that went into the Conference this year. I came tired, a little discouraged and ready for school to be over. I left excited, encouraged and my cup was full to overflowing. This was our 2nd year and it was such a blessing like last year. Please keep up the great work of helping parents do what God has placed on our hearts to do. Thank you, thank you, Thank you.”
“As a vendor with BJU Press/Precept Marketing, I want to thank you for a wonderful conference! My daughter enjoyed the teen program and I was impressed with the all-around spirit of the conference. It was so nice to catch snippets of the speakers as we relaxed to eat our lunch.
Also, I was encouraged by some wonderful young people that I met. What a blessing to talk with teens who are sold out to Christ!! Moms and Dads, you’re doing a great job, and I know you were re-fueled this weekend!”
Another story was relayed from a family who were vendors: Teach Them Diligently has been our FAVORITE convention of all time because of the type of families that it draws. We were ministered to, just by the families that we spent time with at the booth. One lady randomly showed up and prayed for us and our family. Another joked with my brother that maybe he’ll go to Papau New Guinea one day. He looked at her wide-eyed and demanded to know why she said that. She started to say sorry because she knew she pronounced it wrong. He again asked her, “WHY did you say that?! Have you been talking to my mom about me?” My mom sat there shocked. My brother has felt called to PNG for about 5-6 years now, but is recently torn on how to get started/be financially able to get there. Nobody discussed this with this woman, but she chose to mention a small country with an unreached people group to “joke” about.
I think it’s easy to just see the logistics of the convention and fail to see the impact of these small meetings among the saints. God was working there. :)”
“I give God praise for your conference! I learned so much and was refreshed and encouraged in every area of my life. Fabulous speakers! I so need this time every year to recharge for this homeschooling journey. Thank you!”
This past weekend was fun! It was encouraging! It was enriching! It was revitalizing! And our team is working very hard to make Nashville and Omaha even better. If you have not yet registered, I really encourage you to do so! Attending Teach Them Diligently really is one of the best investments you can make in your family and your homeschool!
I pray I get to speak, laugh and pray with you there!