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AHEA Convention Special Announcement

Dear AHEA Members,

It is with great regret that we must inform you that due to personal issues, our keynote speaker for 2014, Mr. Doug Philips has recently resigned from his position at Vision Forum Ministries cancelling all of his engagements, and also dissolving the ministry itself. We would encourage you to pray for the Philips family in this time of need. 
Vision Forum has been a beacon on a hill in a society of sin and have brought multitudes of families back to the basics of Biblical Christianity through their ministry for many years. A reminder for us to pray for those in positions of leadership (including the AHEA board). That we will always be aware of the attack, to be vigilant or as it is said, "be wise as a serpent and as innocent as a dove”.
 
We know how excited many of you were, but fear not, for everything happens for a reason. The board has been diligently reviewing possible replacements and are very pleased to announce that Norm and Alma Wakefield will be our new keynotes for 2014. 
 
Norm is the founder and executive director of The Spirit of Elijah Ministries, International. He and his wife, Alma, live in Bulverde, TX, and have four children (three married), who are walking with Jesus, and sixteen grandchildren. They began homeschooling in 1984 and are still involved in the homeschooling of their grandchildren. Norm has been a keynote and conference speaker at state and international homeschool conventions since 1992. God has given him a pastor/teacher's heart to teach how the gospel applies to all relationships and circumstances in life. His knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Scriptures coupled with his homeschool experience enables him to specifically speak to the many challenges homeschool parents, children, and young adults face on a daily basis. What makes Norm unique is that he speaks from his heart to the hearts of his listeners with a reliance upon the Spirit and presence of Jesus Christ. You'll find his messages biblical, practical, inspirational, and encouraging.
 
Alma draws from her experiences as an elementary education major, teacher, mother, pastor’s wife, and 30 years of home education to encourage moms in their relationships with their children. She began homeschooling her four children since 1984 and has helped teach nine of her seventeen grandchildren. Having a special needs daughter, Amanda (now 30 years old), with Down’s Syndrome, has also given her experience teaching children with special needs. You’ll be encouraged by Alma’s love for God, her family, and her practical, biblical insight into relationships and home education.
 
Please check out their site at www.spiritofelijah.com
 
AHEA will post a new convention brochure on the website, also we will send out a new convention brochure to all of our members on the HOME Matters mailing list shortly.                               
Hope to see you all at the convention!
 
Chris Rogers,
President, AHEA

Quick links for the Home Education Regulation

To make the process of providing input and locating information regarding the Home Education Regulation easier, I will provide some 'quick links' here.

Regulatory Review Online Survey: http://ideas.education.alberta.ca/engage/current-initiatives/educationactregulatoryreview/

To sign up for one of the Regulation Review Consultation Meetings: http://www.timewiseevents.com/rrc/

Written submissions may be sent to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Information on AHEA's recommendations for the regulation and the online survey

http://www.aheaonline.com/index.php/political-updates

http://www.aheaonline.com/index.php/political-updates/ealert-newsletters/archive/view/listid-2-ealert/mailid-74-ealert-regulation-review-survey

Praying Home Schoolers Needed!

At the closing banquet of the National Leadership Conference, one of the leaders there shared about a Summer Camp in the Ukraine that he went to last year.

He said it was an amazing camp BUT the part that he appreciated the most, was that each camper had to have 15 people praying for them while they were at camp. Then he went on to share that anyone in ministry at that camp needed to have 25 people praying for them. He said it was an amazing camp. So much happened in the lives of all who attended.

I was sitting there - totally captivated by what he shared. Then he asked us to remember to pray for HSLDA(Home School Legal Defense Association) this coming year - Paul Farris and his wife Suzanne, and those who are involved with the direction of HSLDA as well. I loved that, and said I would share it when I got back to Alberta. . . (Anyone interested in praying for HSLDA faithfully? Let me know @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I will pass that encouragement onto them!)

BUT along with that, I am asking you to pray for the AHEA Board. What a wonderful blessing it would be to know individuals were praying for us faithfully, too. I know the AHEA Board prays regularly for direction and wisdom. Who are the people on the AHEA Board?

Patty Marler puts an incredible amount of time and effort into home schooling and politics. She also is a full time home schooling mom who tries to fit everything in. I know she spends hours each month dealing with issues AND loves advocating for Albertan Home Schoolers.

Paul van den Bosch has been such a great addition to our board and is a wonderful treasurer for AHEA. He also has background in speaking with radio and TV. He was a great asset last year during Bill 3 and the Education Act.

Chris Rogers is our the new president of AHEA this year and continues to be a passionate home school advocate wherever he is. . . His energy and commitment is inspiring. He also has a committment to inspiring home schooling fathers, and would love to see AHEA do more in Alberta.

Ted Tederoff has been a great asset to AHEA over the years. He and his wife, Shannon, have just had their seventh child and life is busy. He continues to give as much as he can to AHEA, the Home Educators in Alberta and to inspiring home schooling fathers, as well.

Richard Yaceyko also is a passionate advocate for home schooling wherever he is and loves to be involved in politics. He is the new Vice President of AHEA this year.

Terry Yaceyko (me) has too much energy and passion for home schooling - smile - and probably does too many things. She continues to pray for wisdom and strength AND to do what God wants her to do each day. Supporting Home Educators is high on her list of things to do.

That is only a glimpse into each of the AHEA Board Members, but I am hoping that God will lay it on some of your hearts to pray for us (AND home schooling in Alberta). I know the burden was very great last year during Bill 3 and all that entailed. I will be personally praying that God will raise up intercessors that will commit to praying faithfully through this next year and beyond. *Again, do not take our freedom to Home Educate our children lightly. Continue to pray (and advocate) for freedom to home educate in Alberta.

I also would love to have a group of people praying faithfully for AHEA Convention 2014 - the Convention Team and all the decisions to be made, volunteers, speakers AND the New and Wanna Be Home Schoolers who will attend. The Convention has always been good, but wow, what would happen in hearts and lives if more people were praying?

Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR message me on the AHEA Facebook Page if you will commit to praying for any of the above.

Thanks so much for being a part of AHEA!

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