These are challenging times for sure, but such a great opportunity to grow in our faith and reliance on Jesus!

Let’s take a look at Psalm 146

146 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
 who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

10 The Lord will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!

We need to pray for our elected and appointed officials, that they would have wisdom and insight that none of us were ever prepared to have.  But our confidence in these tumultuous times must rest not on them, but on our Lord, and His praise should ever be on our lips.  By doing this, we set the example for our families, our chapter members, our church families, and those around us who are not yet counted among the faithful.

Please watch over your fellow homeschoolers as best you can.  Some have lost their incomes, some have businesses that may be wiped out, some will have family members testing positive for Covid-19, and all will be struggling with fear.  This is an opportunity for the Body of Christ to serve each other and those outside the Body at their most dire moments.

Due to the restrictions in place, and the Legislators’ efforts to get out of Albany as fast as they can this year, we are cancelling Legislative Day 2020.  However, our legislative efforts are far from over this spring, and you’ll have more information shortly on how you and your chapter members can make your voices heard and votes felt – stay tuned!

Most of our chapters and co-ops have paused their in-person events.  But remember, we have the Zoom video conferencing system available for you to use, your chapter leaders can contact us and we’ll get them set up.  It may take a little getting used to, but the Executive Committee and the Legislative Team use it every other week and it’s a big help.

We’ve been asked if the schools’ waiver of the 180 days requirement applies to homeschoolers too. We honestly don’t know the official answer to this, but it is our recommendation that as far as it is possible, to keep up with the pace of your regular schooling. Of course, reporting might pose a challenge if staff is not available to receive paperwork. If you normally email your reports then continue to do so, even if you don’t receive a response. It is our opinion that we should continue to comply with the regulations to show that we can continue to be trusted to do what we say we will do even when there’s “no law in the land.” With the sudden influx of new and free resources that are available online and through various streaming methods, don’t be afraid to mix it up a little bit and bring the joy back into learning.

Let’s close with part of Psalm 146 again:

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
 who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.

We are blessed, because of Who our Help and our Hope is!

Rob and Jen Snyder

President

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