My dad had open heart surgery this week. God spared his life and allowed him to get a new start with the help of several bypasses. As I sat in his hospital room, praising the Lord for His grace to us, I was reminded once again about the mission God has given us through Teach Them Diligently and how it relates to our own “heart health.”
We have spent a lot of time praying about and seeking guidance to refine the mission God gave us when He told us to start Teach Them Diligently. In all honestly, at first we believed God wanted us to start TTD simply to support our mission work through Worldwide Tentmakers. What God showed us through the first year of Teach Them Diligently was that Teach Them Diligently WAS our mission work.
At the conclusion of the first year of Teach Them Diligently, we received countless testimonials from the families who had attended. They spoke of revival in their home and hearts, marriages being saved, relationships with children restored, and hope that was renewed. We wept as we read them, and God made it very clear that His plan for Teach Them Diligently was much greater than our own.
For the Heart Of Your Homeschool
In the world in which we live, it has become important to be able to communicate your brand in a few words– “Good to the last drop,” “Be all that you can be,” and “Breakfast of champions,” are a few slogans that most of us will recognize and understand what the company is trying to communicate. We needed a synopsis statement to encapsulate what we believed God wanted to do through Teach Them Diligently. “For the Heart of Your Homeschool” seemed to fit that bill, and after witnessing the life-saving miracle of heart surgery, I think I have an even better understanding of the importance of keeping the “heart of your homeschool” in good condition.
Teach Them Diligently has an incredible lineup of speakers to address curriculum and education questions and an exhibit hall full of resources to support your call to home education. But at our core, we believe that making the investment to bring your family to Teach Them Diligently is much more important than simply learning the how to’s of homeschool or just buying curriculum. We desire to see God do a great work in the very heart relationships of your homeschool and to keep your family and your homeschool healthy in the process.
For YOUR Heart
“For the heart of your homeschool” refers to many things, for if your heart relationships and your inner person, in general, aren’t in good shape, then your homeschool will never be as effective as God wants it to be. The gospel is at the center of all we do, for we believe firmly that if Christ be lifted up, all other issues of life will pale in comparison. Satan has done a great job of distracting God’s people and enticing them to place their hope in various lesser lights. We pray that Teach Them Diligently will be a weekend where the Lord will do a great work in the heart of each individual that attends and that each person will get a fresh look at our wonderful Savior. We stand amazed as we hear testimonies of what He has done through them in the past few years.
For the Heart Of Your Marriage
Let’s be honest, making the choice to homeschool your children is a major issue for some marriages, and our hearts break as we hear of more and more marriages in distress. The time constraints, the varying roles you play throughout the day, and more can put stress on even strong relationships. Teach Them Diligently has been described by many as a mini marriage retreat, and we are finding more and more couples using that weekend as a getaway. You and your spouse will find many sessions designed specifically to help you in your role of husband or wife and to help you remember why you married (and how you got those kiddos!) :) in the first place!
For the Heart Of Your Children
Discipleship, or shepherding the hearts of your children, is another major theme of sessions at Teach Them Diligently. This theme runs throughout each element of our programming. With speakers uniquely gifted to discuss discipleship topics, you will leave feeling more equipped than ever to raise young men and ladies who seek to love the Lord their God with all their hearts, souls, and minds. You will also see this theme woven through our children’s program and teen offerings, for we want to come alongside your discipleship efforts and give your children a fun and exciting weekend that is gospel-centered.
For the Heart Of Your Relationships
Teach Them Diligently has many things that set us apart, but one of the things that countless people have commented on is the fellowship and camaraderie experienced onsite. Having that many like-minded families around really feels more like a family reunion than a gathering of strangers. By building new relationships with other homeschool families like yours, you will expand your support system, find kindred spirits with whom you can share ideas and burdens, and so much more. Don’t miss out on this important element of TTD.
I hope I have been able to whet your appetite a bit about Teach Them Diligently and why the heart of your homeschool can be stronger if you attend. We sure would love to see you and your family there! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below or click here to send me an email. I would love to hear from you!
Will you join us in this mission? You can join us in praying for our families and for the events as well by downloading a free prayer calendar here. We believe God wants to do a great work this year– hope you will join us!